Death is always perceived as something negative. But the truth is sometimes death is actually good, because sometimes this means that a person can reincarnate into a better life.
However, if there is a death that one want’s to avoid is death in the evening and death during the Hungry Ghost Month. In this article we will solely talk about death during the Hungry Ghost Month.
First, if you are not familiar with what is Hungry Ghost Month, I suggest you read first the articles with links and titles found below this article.
Hungry Ghost Month is considered one of the worst seasons of the year, with its highlight on the day of the Hungry Ghost Festival, which is on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. Hungry Ghost Month is the whole of the 7th lunar month. People are warned to take extra care and not take unnecessary trips and activities. One of the most important things that a Chinese takes caution of is going to the hospital or a funeral during this month.
I remember when I was young when a sister of my grandmother is really ill and her family was praying for her early demise out of compassion and pity so that she will not longer suffer. However, she lives on for a few months until during the Hungry Ghost Month there was sign that she was about expire. And so this time her family started praying that she live until after Hungry Ghost Month. This scene might be a little comical but if you are familiar how much negative energies goes around during Hungry Ghost Month you will understand why this is no laughing matter.
Buddhist and Taoist believes that when a person dies during Hungry Ghost Month this is surely a sign that this death was caused by the Hungry Ghost, with the exception of those who passed away between 5AM and 9AM, unless of course the cause of death is something that is tragic or sudden.
It is said that the consciousness (soul) of the newly dead is immediately pulled into the Hungry Ghost realm because there is a very big chance that the person’s dying process was hasten because ‘misery loves company’ and so the destitute Hungry Ghosts will try to pull a sick person’s soul so that they can have a surge of yang energy provided by the dying person.
Also when a death occurs on a Hungry Ghost Month, it usually means there are 2 more following that death, this 2 usually happens within a year of the death of the first one. And more often that not, the first death will also cause tremendous bad luck to the family.
So what to do if somebody dies within the Hungry Ghost Month?
Go to a Buddhist temple and have a special puja done for the person for 49 days.
Go vegetarian for 49 days.
If the above remedy is not possible, do the following instead:
Get a Vajrapani Ruel and put it on the body or on the casket of the dead person all throughout the wake.
Better to cremate the body.
After the wake, get the Vajrapani Ruel and set – up a temporary altar for the person, and place a picture there and place the Vajrapani Ruel in front of the picture. Leave it there until the 49th day of the death of the person.
I have always believe in the power of chanting mantras and reciting / reading sutras. When people get in touch with me asking for the Vajrapani Ruel and because they can’t afford it or its not available at the time of request, I always tell them to chant some mantras or recite some sutras because these are very powerful tools or rituals that can help us surpass our problems. In fact, regular readers of this blog will see some personal testimonies of readers who simply chanted some mantras and were able to get their wishes.
That is why I’m very happy to announce that my Guru Lama is coming to the Philippines early next year to do a two – day Sutra and Mantra retreat and one day Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual. What’s even better is that the retreat and the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual are going to be absolutely free!
I can’t clearly express as to what are the benefits of chanting a mantra and reciting a sutra because the wonderful blessings that one can get from them if properly done is simply enormous. It has the power to heal the sick, turn bad luck into good luck, create some wealth and financial luck. If these things are done for our recently departed relatives, it may give them a chance to be reborn with a good life.
The Sutra and Mantra retreat is going to be for 2 days from 6:30AM to 2:30AM straight! It seems quite tiring, but the truth is it’s not and if one is in the middle of it you’ll feel that 8 hours is simply nothing. Nevertheless, we’ll have 5 minutes bathroom break every hour or every hour ninety minutes, depending on the mantra and sutra being chanted or recited. On the first two days, which is the Sutra and Mantra retreat, we will be chanting and reciting different mantras and sutra for 8 hours each day straight! Well…almost straight!
On the third day, my Guru Lama is going to conduct a Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual or Puja.
What is an empowerment ritual or puja?
An empowerment ritual or puja is a ritual that is headed by a certified Lama that invokes the power of a Buddha or Bodhisattva or Deity. This is to request blessings and protection from the Buddha or Bodhisattva or Deity being invocated. This kind of ritual is rarely done in the Philippines and one needs a highly ordained monk or lama to be able to do this. For this particular empowerment ritual, we are invocating Vajrapani Bodhisattva, to get to know more about Vajrapani Bodhisattva please read my post called – THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL AMULET IN THE BUDDHIST PANTHEON CALLED VAJRAPANI RUEL.
Vajrapani Bodhisattva is primarily a protective bodhisattva but as you see in the various testimonials of people who has requested for the Vajrapani Ruel, a lot of these involve other things which is other than simply protection. For you to know more about these miracles you read some of the stories you can find below.
I will announce the exact date and time and location of the Sutra and Mantra Retreat and the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual once we have finalized the details but this is confirmed and will happen soon after Chinese New Year of 2016.
As mentioned these events are absolutely free of charge. A reader who has experienced a Vajrapani Ruel miracle has committed to sponsor the vegetarian lunch (although it is going to be served after the retreat which is after 2:30pm). The vegetarian lunch is going to be cooked by Buddhist nun and volunteers of the host temple. Please note that although this is free we encourage you to bring some fruits as an offering to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. We will also encourage you to give a Sangha Offering, which is customary for every Buddhist ritual. A Sangha Offering is done by giving you a red envelope and you can put any amount inside the envelope, which you will then offer on the altar. The money inside can be as low as twenty – five centavos and nobody will know the amount that you will put because it will be then passed on to the host temple without being opened. We do this because the host temple will have some expenses by hosting us that goes to electricity, water, incense, and manpower.
As early as now I will also like to say that during these events no late comers will be allowed to join, and we will start promptly using the Philippine Standard Time as our official time. Should you feel that the even is taxing and tedious we suggest you leave during one of the bathroom breaks, but once you leave you will not be allowed to enter again. This is because in events like this we have to be very conscious that you don’t disturb the presiding lama and the participant. Phones are also going to be collected for safekeeping. No phones and/or any gadgets are allowed inside the ceremony hall to preserve the solemnity of the hall and the retreat or ritual.
I’m sure a lot of you will be asking as to what are the Sutras and Mantras that we are going to recite and chant. Please see the list below in no particular order.
For the Sutras:
Medicine Buddha Sutra
The Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra
The Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha Sutra)
The Universal Gateway of Kuan Yin Bodhisattva Sutra
The Vows of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra (Samanthabadra) Sutra
The Buddha Speaks of the 8 Realizations of Great Beings Sutra
The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra
The Diamond Cutter Sutra
For the Mantras:
Amitabha Mantra (Namo Amituofo & Om Ami Dewa Hrih)
Sakyamuni Sutra (Namo Pen Shi Shi Chia Mo Ni Fo & Om Muni Muni Mahay Muni Yeh Soha)
Medicine Buddha Mantra (Namo Xiao Tsai Yen Sho Yao Shi Lio Li Kuan Dru Lay & Tadyatha Om Bhekandzye Bhekandzye Maha Bhekandzye Radza Samugate Soha & Nán Mó Bó Qié Fá Di Pì Shä Shè Jù Lû Bì Liú Lí Bó Là Pó Hê Là Shé Yê Dân Tä Jiê Duō Yê Ä Là Hë Dì Sãn Mîâo Sân Pó Tuó Yë Dân Zhî Tâ Ân Pí Shâ Shì Pí Shâ Shì Pí Shä Shè Sân Mò Jiê Dì Suō Hê)
Kuan Yin Mantra (Namo Kuan Shi In Pusa & Om Mani Padme Hum & Tadyatha Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Soha)
Ksitigarbha Mantra (Namo Di Zhang Wang Pusa & Om Ah Ksitigarbha Thaleng Hum & Om Pra Mani Dani Soha)
Samantabhadra Mantra (Namo Ta Xing Pu Xian Pusa)
Majushri Mantra (Namo Da Zhi Wun Shu Shi Li Pusa & Om A Ra Pa Cha Na Dhi)
Kuan Kong Mantra (Namo Qie Lan Sheng Chong Pusa)
Maitreya Buddha Mantra (Namo Dang Lay Xia Sheng Mi Lo Tsun Fo & Namo Maitri Mahay Maitri Maitreya Soha)
Kalachakra Mantra (Om Ah Hum Ho Ham Kshamala Varaya Hum Phat)
Vajrapani Mantra (Om Vajrapani Hum)
I know these seem a lot but we have a total of 16 hours to do all these.
I expect that a lot of people will want to join so this will be on simply by reservation basis. You have to register.
For the Vajrapani Empowerment Ritual, it will be open to all people who has the Vajrapani Ruel and their friends and family. Again reservation is required. You will be ask to bring your Vajrapani Ruel so that my Guru Lama can further empower it. This is also a great opportunity for those who requested the Vajrapani Ruel to meet other readers who requested it also.
On top of it, according to my Guru Lama everybody who attends will be given a Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantra or Lama Atisha Amulet. You can also bring your Buddhist pendants or amulets for additional blessings of Guru Lama.
You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel: