Things to note when going to New Year’s holidays

In the early spring, when you go to worship and offer incense to the Buddha, you need to know what ‘lighting incense sticks’.

Bat Trach feng shui believes that worshiping objects and Buddha images are pure yang qi, ie prosperity. If a human touches it, it will cause impurities, scatter positive energy, produce killing intent, and that person will have to bear the consequences. Those who do not comply with the regulations, put money on the altar, on idols, Buddha statues… will lose their blessings. If you want to contribute, put money in the merit box to get lucky without being guilty.

According to shaman Hai Dao (Taiwan), if you want to be born a dignified, beautiful person with many blessings, you should take care of the offerings of fruits, decorate Buddha statues, and keep the space of the Three Jewels clean. will, pure. Buddha ceremony must always keep precepts (precepts). Defaming the Buddhadharma, damaging temples and statues, and desecrating the Three Jewels are inevitable sins. If you are honest (guests) visiting pagodas and worshiping Buddha, you must not commit acts and thoughts of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, or drinking alcohol (the five precepts). Reciting sutras and mantras hundreds of thousands of times, the merit is not as great as keeping the precepts a day.

A resident attends the ceremony at Phuc Khanh pagoda, Hanoi on the occasion of the new year 2021. Photo: Ngoc Thanh

Therefore, when going to the temple ceremony, arbitrarily using or taking things from the temple is “the way to use the ten directions to stay” (breaking the precept of stealing). The Buddhist scriptures record “small causes and great results”, sincere offerings, small offerings but great retribution, theft from the temple, things are sketchy, but the retribution cannot be carried out.

Do not wear shoes, hats, towels, bags, sticks, gloves or chew betel nut, smoke… in the Buddha hall, the three treasures. The Buddha hall has the precepts of incense, the concentration of incense, and the incense of wisdom. You must maintain the precepts to maintain purity, and absolutely do not cause noise and confusion.

Entering the temple must go from the side door, not the middle door. Do not stand or kneel in the middle, facing the Buddha statue to worship. The main door is only for Buddha, Jade Emperor or king.

Standing in front of a Buddha image must be respectfully dignified, not looking horizontally or vertically, strutting in front of the three jewels. Do not run around, talk, comment, sit or lie in the buddha hall. Not allowed to sneeze, runny nose, spit … around the area of ​​the Buddha temple, the three treasures.

When going to the temple, you must take a clean bath, dress simply, absolutely do not wear short skirts, shorts, open-breasted tops… Should use the phrase “Amitabha Buddha” to greet the abbot and monks and nuns. in the temple. When leaving, also use this sentence to say goodbye.

Sincerely offering incense is the greatest offering to the Buddha. Respecting, admiring the merits of gods and buddhas for sentient beings, vowing for sentient beings to be enlightened, oriented toward good, cultivating the righteous path… will be “requited for all purposes”, no need for preoccupations, prostrations or any other any other elaborate ritual.

Ordinary offerings only use flowers and fruits. Fresh flowers are the expression of “cause”, the result is an achievement in the concept of “cause – effect” of Buddhism.

The six offerings to the Buddha include: incense flowers (wood), candles (fire), fruits (earth), music (vows, Buddhist scriptures) belonging to metal, water (water) and respect. But if conditions do not allow, then only one thing is needed, in which water is the most important item, because Buddhism considers wisdom to be unsurpassed, an important means for sentient beings to escape from the ocean of suffering.

Buddhists uphold faith, expressed in respect; With enlightenment as the ultimate goal, water (water) is the greatest offering. Worshiping to the gods only requires a cup of clear water and respect, without a full tray.

According to Buddhist scriptures, if you want to pray for happiness, you must first plant a tree of merit. Giving is the cause, seeking fortune is the result. Blessings are made by themselves, there is no Buddha for “destiny created by me, happiness by myself”.

When praying to the Buddha to give up greed and evil, the blessings are boundless. If you are not greedy, no one can deceive you, if you are not evil, the devil will not dare to commit. The reward received is a healthy peace of mind and body.

At the ceremony to burn 3 incense sticks is a sign of “precept-concentration-wisdom”, ie “three no contraband”; At the same time, it represents the offering to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha (three treasures). But if the festival is crowded, there is no need to burn incense, just recite the Buddha’s name sincerely.

If conditions permit (or choose deserted temples), light 3 incense sticks. Inserting the first candle in the middle of the bowl of incense, the mind “makes offerings to the Buddha, enlightened without delusion” because the Buddha is the righteous, righteous one. The second compress is plugged in the right (following his right hand), with the mind “offering the Dharma, righteous children are not evil”. With the righteous Dharma, the practice will be effective. The third compression is plugged on the left side, with the mind “offering to the Sangha, the purity of the child is immaculate”. Cannot be contaminated, worldly indulgence.

After planting incense, go to the ceremony.

Cultural researcher Pham Dinh Hai


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