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198...? 1980....? What?? (I don'geddit....)
Lol, 13 or 31, I wouldn't blame anyone for making that mistake.
Sweetangel98 = Sweetangel + 9898 = 1998 (if we assume 98 refers to year of birth)Age = 13 (approx)How did you arrive at 31? :)
Sorry in advance , I am truly sadden that Buddha the pure good energy founded by Siddharta is associated with so many so call " Master" in their so call teaching , associated with martial art or Kungfu , associated with wealth or praying or chantting , associated with donation , associated with the lifestyle of monk etc .Buddha is pure energy , the final destination of all living and non living . Is free of any bad or ill feeling.I belief we cannot expect anything so call luck in Buddha or expect Buddha to change ourlife .... infact we will evolve towards it.Thks for sharingEe
They are good luck because they keep the Buddha and the Dharma in the forefront of your mind, which causes good things and not bad things. :)
Directed at OP...Is this a western practice or is it common across the Buddhist world? I can't see any benefit to rubbing the Buddha's belly as I can't see Buddhism believing in the notion of Luck. Everything happens because something happened before it... Cause and Effect... To think that one can have good or bad luck seems silly to me... Especially that this notion of luck could be effected by an act like rubbing a statue...
Buddha is pure energy of perfaction without any pollutant , is the energy that all living & non living evolved towards this energy . Monk is a group of people even before Siddharta time maybe is Siddharta's local culture searching for spritual desire and eventually mistaken simply because Siddharta was a monk showing us Buddha . Sorry in advance is the local culture is actually polluted Buddha and jeoperdize Buddha image . Sholin monk practsing martial art from angle they see Buddha but mistakenly associated with Buddha now . Monk culture of asking for food , is mistaken associated with Buddha . Sorry in advance , Buddha is not a place to enjoy or benifited from "teaching" Buddha ,or making money from buddha .
Dear Phra Grey , I am truly & sincerely sorry if my writing is rude or offended you in any way , seems you are a monk and yes I admit my understanding of Buddha is very little as I am of the opinion that we are all learning from each other but I wanted to belief in Buddha there should be no Master or no one can call themself Master or teacher including Siddharta . We can actually learn from anything / anyone or any animal or even smalliest virus , each of them and us hv Buddha energy that can be learned but no one can actually claim as teacher . When we moved to higher awareness , we can see thing from another angle and learned .The process of learning is actually a purification process towards Buddha .I respect monk for their contribution spreading Buddhism for thousand of years but we all should reach / learned to higher awareness and admit / aware the true perception of Buddha . I really dont see the connection between monk , local practise of food offering to monk or Siddharta statues , chantting/praying , martial art connected with something so pure , so high level , so huge , so powerfull as Buddha .Sorry in advance , many so call Master of Buddishm teaching is too ego to even consider thinking or sharing other person views . I recall even one of the Abbot after few discussion with me telling me and I quote " Just follow and be a good student " and when I ask him how can you so sure who is your Master - he left . I wanted to belief Siddharta did teach us this and i quote " Believe nothing , no matter where you hv read it or who said it , or even I had said it unless it agree with your own common sense & reason " I hope we could disccuss further .Hi,I do not find what you write rude and nor am I offended by it.I also believe that english is possibly not your first language and of course this can create some confusion.You have many questions and I will not be able to answer these all at once,so we will go slowly but surely.As I said in my earlier post,I go on alms rounds each morning.This is something that Lord Buddha and his disciples did and we continue this in the Theravada tradition.Not all traditions still have this due to various circumstances.I believe that the Vajrayana(Tibetan)tradition stopped this practice when HHDL fled to India.As all of the Tibetan people in India were reliant upon the generosity of the local community for their basic needs it was felt that the monks doing alms rounds would be too much of a burden upon the devotees at this time and so this tradition stopped.(I am not 100% sure if this is the actual reason,and would be happy for a Vajrayana practitioner to clear up any mis understanding).I believe in Japan the Zen tradition still goes on alms rounds.Unfortunately ego can be a problem even within the monastic community(we are not all enlightened yet)and yes you should question things that you are unsure of.The problem is that some things are not so easy to explain at times,language can sometimes fall down when we need it the most.Not all experiences can be put into adequate words.I will leave it there for now as I must go and do my own practice.I wish you all the best,With metta,Phra GregThks Ee
Hi Johnathon.The rubbing the belly of Hotei(sometimes called laughing buddha)probably originated in China and as fast as the chinese people spread across the world so did this practice.Is this Buddhism?Not really.Is it harmfull?Probably not.Lord Buddha certainly did not advocate this sort of thing,however,some people,depending on their understanding do take part in all sorts of rights and rituals.As someone above pointed out,if doing these things keep Buddha and his teachings at the fore front of your mind then it can't be all bad.It may not lead to enlightenment but then it is also not a one way ticket to the hell realms.With metta,Phra Greg