(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
THE REASON BEHIND GAMING ADDICTION; DO NOT DO ANYTHING EXCESSIVELY
Caller: At the beginning of this year, gaming addiction has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization. The symptoms of gaming addiction include impaired control over gaming activities; where the frequency and intensity of gaming are also taken into consideration. Master Lu, what is the reason behind such an addiction? From a Buddhist perspective, is the addiction caused by foreign spirits on one’s body or are there any other reasons?
Master Jun Hong Lu: The habits of gaming are due to one’s clinging to a particular matter. In the dharma realm, this is known as desire. Indulgence in debauchery shows that one is possessed by their evil nature. As such, if you develop a special liking for a lady, haven’t you been possessed by a sex demon? Hence, if you obsess over your computer as though it were your lover, don’t you think you are being possessed by it?
Caller: Master Lu, by ‘demon’, are you referring to our demonic nature instead of foreign spirits?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Yes, these are instances of your inner demons. For example, a 28 year old youth recently passed away while watching a football match. He was extremely stimulated; shouting, drinking and not sleeping — this is called fantasy football or something along that line. Ultimately, the cause of his death was unidentified. Think about it, aren’t these people pitiful? This is why Bodhisattva said that moderation is key in all our undertakings, and we must refrain from being attached and not to go overboard, as anything done excessively will cause harm to the human body. Both being overly fond and arguing with someone will lead to separation. [As the traditional Chinese saying goes:] That which is long divided must unify, and that which is long unified must divide. That is how it is.< About Spiritual Cultivation