There is no regulation prohibiting smoking in the Buddhist precepts… Drinking itself is not evil, but… As for gambling, it is strictly prohibited in the Buddhist sūtras because…
Bodhisattvas are enlightened sentient beings who are aware of all sentient beings’ sufferings, feel sympathy for others’ plight, and act to succor them. To become a Buddha, a sentient being must pass through the stage of being a bodhisattva.
The ritual, simple but solemn, is designed to cause one to wholeheartedly take sanctuary in the Three Jewels, to rely on and revere the Three Jewels, and to bring forth pure, staunch faith and confidence.
In truth, whether one goes to heaven or hell depends solely on one’s karma. If one has “divine” karmic energy, one will be reborn in a heaven; if one has “infernal” karmic energy, one will end up in a hell.
Orthodox Buddhism does not have the idea of a world-creator. The Buddha is an enlightened one among humans, and although he is capable of knowing all the truths in the world, he cannot change what has already occurred.
Buddhism encourages vegetarianism, but it does not require all Buddhists to be vegetarians.
What are the three categories of kalpas mentioned in Buddhist scriptures?
How long or how short can the lifespan of a sentient being be? How many years remain before our Earth is destroyed? Is that true human life expectancy can be as high as 84,000 years?
Buddhists should concern themselves with political affairs but not hold [appointed] office.
Buddhism acknowledges the existence of spiritual powers and their effects. While spiritual powers can be great, they cannot nullify the law of cause and effect.