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Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual and Namo Amituofo: Some Clarifications

Published Nobyembre 5, 2015 by jptan2012

I received a lot of questions and clarifications about the “Sutra & Mantra Retreat and Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual” that my Guru Lama is conducting early next year here in the Philippines and also about my post earlier entitled – NAMO AMITUOFO.

Let me address first the questions about the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual. The two – day Sutra and Mantra retreat is going to be from 6:30AM to 2:30PM, I think I wrote 2:30AM as pointed out by some readers. The Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual meanwhile is from 6:30AM to 11:30AM followed by a vegetarian lunch then we will resume at 1:00PM to 5:00PM. From 5PM onwards, Guru Lama will do short one – on – one blessings and handing over of a special Bodhisattva Vajrapani pendant, again everything is for free.

In my previous post I said Guru Lama will give out free Lama Atisha Amulet or Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras Amulet, this is going to be given to those who attended the 2 – day sutra and mantra retreat. These will be given only on the second day.

Going back to the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual, at 6PM we will have a vegetarian dinner. Again all these are free.

However, as clarified with my Guru Lama during the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual we will have the following:

Incense Offering

Lamp Offering

Fruit Offering

Flower Offering

Gem Offering

It is encourage for all participants to participate in all 5 offerings or in any of the offerings, but this is purely voluntary. For the incense offering, a donation of five pesos is requested to cover the cost of the incense, and 50 pesos as a donation for the lamp. For the fruit and flower you can bring your own fruits (except durian, marang, rambutan) and flowers. For the gem offering you can bring a mala, or any small gem or semi – precious stone, either real or faux will do. All these items will be donated to the host temple. I’m currently talking two different temples and possible three. We need a big hall because of the number of interested participants. I would like to clarify that the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual is open to only those who has the Vajrapani Ruel but that person can bring as many people as he/she wants as long as they register in advance. For those coming abroad we can help suggest a hotel near the temple and as of now we are trying to look for a sponsor who will shuttle those coming from other countries.

Another clarification, NAMO AMITUOFO is not only for the dead or dying. You can chant Namo Amituofo any time and it will bring you immense blessings and protection but chanting to the dying will ease his transition to his next life. A reader called me alarmed because she chanted Namo Amituofo and she thought it might bring her bad luck because she thought it is for the dead only.

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Namo Amituofo: A Mantra That Has To Be Continuously Chanted to the Dying

Published Nobyembre 5, 2015 by jptan2012

dyingI was recently contacted by a reader from Singapore who wants to know what to do to ensure that when his 94 – years – old father who is gravely ill will have be born in Pure Land or have a good reincarnated life. He initially wanted to get either the Vajrapani Ruel or the Surangama Mantra Amulet.

To be fair with RC, he correctly assumed that the Vajrapani Ruel and Surangama Mantra Amulet could help make sure that a dying person is born in the Pure Land, which is the place of Amitabha Buddha (will discuss this on a future post), or Heavenly Realms or at the very least have good reincarnation. But he clarified his other reason is that after his father passed away, who was given a few months by his doctor, he will be able to use the Vajrapani Ruel or the Surangama Mantra Amulet to enhance his wealth and financial luck.

Amitabha Buddha

Amitabha Buddha

In the course of our correspondence, RC clarified that they are Buddhist and that his 82 – year – old mother is constantly by the side of his dying father. He clarified that his mother is still strong and lucid. I then told RC that he doesn’t need the Vajrapani Ruel for his father. All he can do is ask his mother to constantly chant Namo Amituofo to his dying father.

Namo Amituofo

Namo Amituofo

You see Pure Land Buddhists believes that if a person can chant Namo Amituofo or it is chanted to him at the time of his death, he will be guaranteed to be reborn in the Pure Land or Heavenly Beings or have a good human rebirth! Furthermore, the mantra will help ease the pain or the suffering of the dying.

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