Lunar 7th Month will start on 29th July 2022. Many will start preparing to do offering to the spirits while some will be doing merits for their parents or their ancestors. While cultivators like us will also remember our duties to help all from 6 realms.
This lunar 7th month we will be doing few events but due to Covid/monkeypox etc, most of the events and prayers will be done in closed door format with my students doing chanting and reciting of 地藏本愿经. However all are welcome to join these event in one way or the other.
Below are the events and prayers for you to choose to participate,
(A) Light Offering
One may do a light offerings. You may do it for Parents/grandparents/spouse/any elder in the family/ancestors/your departed love ones/anyone ill/for yourselves which often we forgot we need to love ourselves.
Why lights? Light means understanding because light represents wisdom. And light removes and dispels misunderstanding. All of our sufferings come from not knowing and not seeing. Offering lights indirectly removes confusion. To be successful in life we need to have clear ideas and a good understanding. And we should not just believe that success and good results are based on luck. Instead, when we have problems, we search for a clear understanding and wisdom to solve those problems.
Throughout the Buddhist world, in all traditions of Buddhist practice, devotees offer light. The life stories of accomplished men and women give examples of people beginning their path to liberation by offering light to an image or at a place of pilgrimage. We are lighting the way for ourselves and for other beings when we make the wish to dispel the darkness of ignorance!
Candle Offerings Energy Exchange:
A1) Full Month @$220 (price reduce from $300)
For the light you will need to provide me the names however the lights cannot mixed with any deceased person just like last year. You may msg me for more clarification on this part.
(B) Offering of Statues
Buddha is saying that even though we cannot see the actual Buddha, if we make offerings to these holy objects symbolic of Buddha, the merit is equal to that of actually seeing Buddha and making offerings. It is not that the merit of those who met Shakyamuni Buddha in ancient times and were able to make offerings to him is not more than that of offering merely to a statue of Buddha. The result is exactly the same. This is very important to understand and very important to remember in our daily life. When we offer our food and drink, when we make offerings on the altar, whenever we do the practice of offering in our everyday life, we should feel great happiness.
Then Buddha said, “This is due to the blessings of Buddha. This is the reality but ordinary beings whose minds are undeveloped cannot see these benefits.”
“This is due to the blessings of Buddha” means that making offerings to statues has the same result due to the power of the holy object.”
Therefore we have made available 50 small Ksitigarbha (地藏王菩萨）statues for offering. Please note that the statues will be placed at Center’s 地藏王 Altar. This offering will be yearly basis. No choosing of location of statue. You may msg me for more clarification.
For those who had done this please let me know if you wish to continue.
Statue Offerings Energy Exchange:
B1) One year (2022 to 2023)@$150 (Usual $270 per year) ( (Availability: 25)
B2) Renewal of offering of statues@$100 (Usual $270)
Please provide me with the name to be placed at the statue.
(C) Seeking Forgiveness Prayer
On 12 Aug 2022 we will be doing a prayer to 地官大帝 to seek forgiveness for all we have done for our past and present life（赦罪）. Participants of this event might attend this event if you wish and the timing is from 7pm to 9pm. However if you are not available on the day you may inform us and we will do the prayer for you. Please send me the name and let me know if you are attending.
C1) One name @$33 (Availability: 100)
(D) Prayer for Wandering Souls
On 12 Aug 2022 we will be doing a prayer for wandering souls. We will have 49 lotus for this event. Please note that this is a prayers for wandering souls helping them in crossing the rainbow bridge. During the prayers we will also be offering to all wandering souls.
D1) Sponsorship of each Lotus @$72 (Availability: 49)
D2) Sponsorship: Any amount
(E) Merits Lotus
On 26 Aug 2022 we will be doing a prayer to Ksitigarbha (地藏王菩萨）and during this event we will be offering 108 Lotus to Ksitigarbha (地藏王菩萨）for more details on the purpose for this offering you may check on my previous post August | 2019 | 神帥居（慈玄） (cixuanasia.com) or msg me for any queries.
For this Lotus, you may wish to offer in your name or for your parents or deceased loved ones or deceased animal or even wandering spirits.
E1) Sponsorship of each Lotus @$72 (Availability: 108)