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Maybe. I think there's a wider spectrum of "Buddhist" than many of us think! I saw an episode of Criminal Minds where they had a Buddhist family. One family member had been killed and her eyes removed. The grandmother of the family admitted to having seen her ghost with empty eyes, and saying that she would be cursed and tormented, unable to rest, unless they were able to get her eyes back to her body.Now that's not a real-life situation, but wouldn't they have done research into cultural/traditional beliefs of some Buddhist country for that? They wouldn't have just thrown that together with nothing to back it up. I remember being amazed.
Its just superstition. However it might make people feel that they're protected/blessed or whatever.The best way of benefiting self and others is to practice the Dhamma..
Some Buddhists can be superstitious others may not be.
The question is where do these amulets come from.Buddha said prescribing charms are the lowest kind of activity.Buddha forbade his monks from these activities.In many Asian countries, the amulet business is very lucrative.Some sell for $50,000 bcos they have superpowers.
Maybe I should move to Asia and sell enchanted amulets for hundreds/thousands of dollars. I will enchant them with real spells and make some bank ;) . Actually maybe I should do ebay with that lol.
So why wear or buy it if one is not attached? *smile* For sure if somebody wants you to wear it and but it around your neck, no need to worry about it.
Buddhists "should" follow the eightfold path. That's about the only "should" or "shall" in Buddhism...
Some Buddhists wear amulets. Do Buddhist believe in their powers?
For sure it could, if its very heavy. Without experiences and understand dukkha there is no way to understand Dhamma. So it must be very heavy, expensive and beautiful that one gets benefit from it. *smile*
I wouldn't dismiss them as mere superstition. Belief can work miracles. For example, if someone gave me a bunch of certain special papers saying "one hundred dollar" on each of them, I would certainly believe in their special powers. :D
In thailand all of the thai ppl do, well most, not even buddhists. Most see it as fashion or good luck, but each one is of a great monk that has passed normally. I wear one daily, it is not the object itself, it is what it emulates, what it reminds/teaches you IMO
I'm mindful of the original question:"Should" a Buddhist wear amulets?What business is it of anybody else's what anybody does or doesn't do?Whether a person should - or shouldn't - do something, isn't our concern. We can only evaluate our own mental, verbal and physical actions. What others choose they should or should not do, is up to them. Some feel they should, some feel they shouldn't. Their reasoning is personal.Besides, it depends what precisely is meant by amulet.I practice Theravada, but wear a mala, and recite mantras.So...? "Should" I or "Shouldn't" I?Up to me, really - isn't it?