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The Power of A Light Offering

Published May 23, 2015 by jptan2012

I believe I have written about the importance of light offering, but I want to write about it again simply because a of people have been requesting for the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT and the VAJRAPANI RUEL. Both don’t come cheap and the pendant is no longer available because of production delays and the Vajrapani Ruel is also quite pricey and is very limited.

Some temples use faux or fake candles for their light offering. Makes it more economical and a lot more safer.

Some temples use faux or fake candles for their light offering. Makes it more economical and a lot more safer.

One of the major reason why people are asking for this because they’re having a spade of bad luck, however, the pendant and the Vajrapani Ruel, although has a very high level of effectivity and a high number of personal testimonies attached to them, are not the only way to attract good luck. One very simple but very effective way is to go to a temple and do a light offering.

Some temple still do this the traditional way by allowing you to light some candles, but some do this by giving you a rechargeable faux candle. Either of the two is very effective.

So next time you feel like there is some bad luck, go to a temple and make a light offering.

Note: Some temples call this as lamp offering.

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Soulmates: From the Perspective of Buddhism

Published May 19, 2015 by jptan2012

soulmates-teres-lillianKarma and Reincarnation are well-accepted beliefs in Buddhism. In fact, the principle of cause and effect, which is karma, explains why there is suffering in this world. Reincarnation is also, as mentioned, a well-accepted Buddhist belief. It is impossible to be Buddhist and not believe in reincarnation. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good. Because for Buddhism, the ultimate goal is to stop samsara, or the process of rebirth, your ultimate goal is to attain enlightenment and stop being rebirth to learn your lesson.

Soulmates, which is the process of meeting a soul or consciousness from your past lives that has a strong affinity with you is a romanticized version of a Buddhist belief. In Buddhism, soulmate are actually a form of attachment, and in Buddhist teachings as long as you have attachments you will not attain enlightenment thus will continue the process of reincarnation. In fact, the strongest soulmates are twins.

Again, having a soulmate is actually bad for Buddhism because this means your consciousness or soul is very attached to another consciousness or soul and as mentioned, any form of attachment is bad because this prevents us from attaining enlightenment.

But note that attachment and the capability to love are two different things. But more on that on my succeeding articles.

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Myth Buster 21: Seeing a Bald Guy Person Before Gambling is Bad Luck

Published May 19, 2015 by jptan2012

Gamblers has this belief that when they come across a bald person just before they gamble that would mean that they will surely lose money that day. Is this true?

Before I answer the question, I would like to state first, that in Buddhism any form of gambling is bad, although in Taoism, they have a looser stance on gambling. Personally, I don’t believe in gambling.bald guy

But where did the belief that coming across a bald person before gambling is bad luck. A lot of Chinese, NOT ALL, but a lot are gamblers, and this is true not just these days but also during the olden times. During those times, in China, all people even men sports long hair and nobody ever cut their hair short or go bald except Buddhist monks. So a gambler will only come across a bald person if the person is a monk. At that time, they believe that coming across a monk is a sign that they will not win in gambling because deep in their hearts they know that gambling is bad and that the holy person makes them guilty about gambling. However, why is it the belief these days is that coming across a bald person and not a monk gives you bad luck. This is because during those times, they believe that it is bad luck to state that a monk will give you bad luck, so they try to speak in codes and say a bald person instead. Thus the belief that bald person is a sign that you will lose in gambling started to come about.

Incidentally, I have received a lot of inquiries whether the Vajrapani Ruel will work for gambling. In Buddhism, it is quite hard to give a definitive answer because the Buddha states an act can only be judge with the person’s deepest real intent, meaning a bad act may be considered good depending on the very real sincere intent of the person. However, off hand, the answer to the question whether the Vajrapani Ruel will work for gambling is no.

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Myth Buster 20: Don’t Offer Sour Green Mangoes to the Buddhas

Published May 17, 2015 by jptan2012

green mangoOne of the most common misconceptions I have ever encountered is that it’s bad to offer to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deities, and Taoist Gods unripe, sour, green mango. People believe that unripe mango is sour; it is not pleasant to the Buddhas, etc. I really don’t know where this belief came from but as I mentioned this a misconception, and the belief that offering green mangoes to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Taoist Gods, Deities, etc. will create bad luck is but a myth.

The truth is when offering mangoes to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, Deities, Taoist Gods, it is better to offer green mangoes first. However, one should wait for these mangoes to ripened first before taking it off the altar. In doing this, this signifies that you submit the ‘sour’ things in your life, the bad things in your life; your bad karma of your life to them so that they can help you sweetened them and makes your life good. Even if your life is going smoothly, and you feel like there’s no problem, doing this is still better.

One thing that you have to watch out for though is when the mango refuses to ripen, or when it seems to go to rot right away and it seems to skipped the ripen stage, that would mean that you might be having a problem soon. When this happen simply chant mantras to help ensure that the problem doesn’t push through.

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What to Do When One Sees A Dead Animal?

Published May 15, 2015 by jptan2012

In my previous post, I talked about the story of Mahakassapa (also spelled as Mahakasyapa) and Ananda. In that particular post I talked about reincarnation, which I have talked about before, and subtly introduced a Buddhist accepted belief that I have never fully talked about here on this blog. This belief is about the accepted Buddhist teachings that all sentient beings reincarnate and has a consciousness and that we may have come from animals or insects and can be reborn as such.

In Buddhist temples, Mahakasyapa (Mahakassapa) is usually on the Buddha's left side (from our point of view - right side) and Ananda is on the Buddha's right side.

In Buddhist temples, Mahakasyapa (Mahakassapa) is usually on the Buddha’s left side (from our point of view – right side) and Ananda is on the Buddha’s right side.

Hope to be able to talk more about it in my future blog articles. However, today I would like to talk about what one should do if one sees a dead animal. In my previous post, I mentioned that Mahakassapa prayed over the dead cat and buried the cat. The question is what we can do for the dead animal these days.

Like Mahakassapa, it would be great if we can pray over a body of a dead animal or insect by reading a sutra over it. The Medicine Buddha Sutra and/or the Past Vows of the Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra) and then bury the dead animal or insect. If this is not possible or it may take time, you can do either of the following, put a printed copy of the sutra or a mantra on top of the body of the dead animal. If you can bury it, please do.

Still if this is not possible, chant the Medicine Buddha mantra (TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA), or the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Mantra (OM AH KSITIGARBHA THALENG HUM) or the Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion (OM MANI PADME HUM) and the Amitabha Mantra (OM AMI DEWA HRIH or NAMO AMITOFO) as many times as you can then blow over the dead body of the animal or insect. If possible bury or cremate the body.

Some Buddhist Temples would conduct a collective prayers for all animals being slaughtered for human consumption. Compassion and respect for this animals as sentient beings is the primary reason why a lot of Buddhists are vegetarian.

Some Buddhist Temples would conduct a collective prayers for all animals being slaughtered for human consumption. Compassion and respect for this animals as sentient beings is the primary reason why a lot of Buddhists are vegetarian.

Still if this is not possible and you have the Vajrapani Ruel, which is a very powerful Buddhist amulet, you can simple place the Vajrapani Ruel near the body of the dead sentient being and then chant OM VAJRAPANI HUM three times or seven times.

Doing this out of great compassion is the best reason and it will earn you some tremendous amount of good karma. Doing this because of wanting to earn some good karma merit will work as well. But it may not as big as simply doing it because of great compassion.

 

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Mahakasyapa and Ananda: A Lesson About Karma and Great Compassion

Published May 13, 2015 by jptan2012

Some people, especially those who are not Buddhist or Taoist might find this post a little extreme because of the belief or teaching about reincarnation and that we humans could be reborn as animals, or insects, or could have come from either animals or insects. Nevertheless, no matter how shocking it is, and some may even consider it ridiculously degrading, the truth is this is a widely accepted belief in Buddhism and Taoism, and thus it is important to be kind and compassionate to all sentient beings.

Today, allow me to share the story of Mahakasyapa (also spelled as Mahakassapa) and Ananda. Mahakasyapa and Ananda are just two of the Sakyamuni Buddha’s (also spelled as Shakyamuni) disciple. Mahakasyapa is an old disciple, and Ananda, who is of the royal family before he became a disciple of Buddha and a monk, is young and famous not just for his astounding memory but also for being handsome.

In Buddhist temples, Mahakasyapa (Mahakassapa) is usually on the Buddha's left side (from our point of view - right side) and Ananda is on the Buddha's right side.

In Buddhist temples, Mahakasyapa (Mahakassapa) is usually on the Buddha’s left side (from our point of view – right side) and Ananda is on the Buddha’s right side.

One day, while they were out on a walk, the Buddha instructed Ananda to ask a fruit vendor for a watermelon. Ananda, confidently walked over to the lady who sells watermelon and begged for a watermelon. Remember, during those days it is traditional for monks to beg, and lay people even vendors would be very willing to donate food or whatever they can to the monks. However, much to Ananda’s surprise, the fruit lady not only denied him a watermelon, but also she rudely drove her away.

Ananda went back to the Buddha to report what happened. The Buddha then instructed Mahakasyapa to beg for a watermelon. Both Mahakasyapa and Ananda and other members of the sangha didn’t believe that Mahakasyapa will have better luck, but even before Mahakasyapa got to the fruit lady, the fruit lady ran towards him and offered him a watermelon to quench his thirst from the hot weather.

Needless to say, all the Buddha’s disciples were surprised. Then the Buddha explained to them what happened.

In one of their previous lives, Ananda and Mahakasyapa had come across the fruit lady. However, at that time the fruit lady was a cat. The cat died on the street, and when Ananda (in his previous life) saw the dead cat, he veered away because he didn’t like the smell of the rotting flesh and also he didn’t care about the dead cat. On the other hand, Mahakasyapa (in his previous life) when he saw the dead cat, he prayed for it, and picked it up to give the cat a proper burial. Mahakasyapa with his simple act of compassion and kindness towards the dead cat earned a lot of good karma affinity with the dead cat that now happens to be the fruit lady.

That simple act of compassion that Mahakasyapa did, which didn’t even cost him single money, earned him some good karma. Needless to say, Mahakasyapa did the good act of compassion and not for wanting good merits.

A Simple and Quick Way to Cleanse Negative Karma

Published May 11, 2015 by jptan2012

A lot of people are requesting for the Vajrapani Ruel not just because of its powerful protective and wealth generating abilities, but also because it is also a negative karma cleansing amulet.

But what if you don’t have the Vajrapani Ruel?

Today, allow me to share one very simple way to cleanse negative karma. If you are having a spade of bad luck it is a sign that negative karma can be causing it, and one quick way of cleansing oneself of negative karma aside from chanting the Negative Karma Cleansing Mantra is to go to a temple and do a full prostrations to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas three times. Aside from that meeting a Buddhist Monk or Nun and doing a full prostrations to them will also help cleanse negative karma.prostrate-oneself-buchachon-petthanya

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