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Can Offerings Be Offered Again?

Jun. 4 | Question: Can offerings made to the Buddha(s) or Bodhisattva{s) at their shrines be made to the deceased? Answer: Yes, they can be re-offered as suggested, after reasonable time, such as the span of a meal. Although the food is not really eaten, it is...

Should We Offer Food Even Long After Departure?

Nov. 27 | Question: When offering food during Qingming season and such, many will say aloud – ‘May so-and-so to come and eat.’ Is this right?  Answer: There is no need to call anyone by name. Simply offering the food with the clear intention along...

What Is The Simplest Way To Offer Food?

Jul. 4 | Question: As there are many long traditional chants for offering food, is there a simple version, that is easy to remember and recite, that can be used by children too? Answer: Here is a common version – 代一切众生,  供养佛, 供养法,供养僧,  ...

Verse For Lamp-Lighting (点灯偈)

Feb. 21 | 灭除心头火, 提起佛前灯, 愿以大智慧, 照破众无明。 Eradicating the mind’s fires [of greed, hatred and ignorance], lifting up, before the Buddha, [I offer] this lamp, May [I], with great wisdom, illuminate to shatter [the...

Offering Haiku

Dec. 28 | He just ‘offered’ food to ‘all’ beings, but got mad at a rat looking for scraps.

Are There Buddhist Paper Offerings To Burn?

Aug. 31 | Question: Should we burn paper offerings with Buddhist wordings on them for the deceased? Answer: ‘Rebirth money’ (往生钱) or ‘rebirth talismans’ (往生符) refers to usually yellow paper with mantras such as the Rebirth Mantra...

How To Better Offer Incense?

Jun. 3 | Question: I am troubled by a report that says inhaling burning joss sticks is harmful to our health. Is there any solution? Answer: There are some forms of incense made of herbal substances. Perhaps you can use them instead, after checking their ingredients?...

What Should We (Not) Offer Monastics?

Sep. 24 | Question: Should making of offerings to Buddhist monastics be limited to basic necessities? Or should they be extended to other material things if they request for them? Answer: Basic necessities should always be the key priority – such as the four...

Tibet’s Best Shrine Offering

Aug. 6 | When we give anything or make any offering, may we give with genuine generosity, while we give up greed for returns. – Stonepeace | Books Geshe Ben once lived in retreat in a mountain cave. Generations of hermit yogis had furnished it with a crude...

A Water Offering

May. 26 | What you offer the world is what you offer yourself, as you are of this world too. – Stonepeace | Books Making many offerings at our home shrines daily, sometimes we might forget why we do so, and start seeing it as a hassle, thus missing the precious...

Are Oil Lamps On My Shrine A Must?

Mar. 7 | Question: Is it a must to have a 24/7 lit oil lamp on my home shrine? I had ‘inherited’ the shrine from my Mother, which came with the lamp that was always lit. Answer: We should first understand the primary significance of offering lamps....

How To Be Inexhaustible Joyful Lamps Of The Dharma

Jan. 10 | All Buddhas only wish that all practise and share the Dharma well to benefit all. – Stonepeace According to the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra, Mara (the most evil heavenly demon king from the Paranirmita-vashavartin heaven) once disguised as Sakra (the...

True Fragrance

Feb. 28 | What pleases the Buddha is not the vigorous waving of many joss-sticks but how widely you spread the fragrance of virtue to benefit others. ~ Stonepeace

Offering Of Greater Kindness

Dec. 21 | The offering of compassion and wisdom before offering any other item is already the making of a great offering. ~ Stonepeace Recently, a Buddhist centre emailed me its annual White Tara retreat notice for dissemination. The retreat is dedicated...

Some Ullambana Queries

Dec. 8 | Question: Am quite confused about the Ullambana festival during the seventh lunar month. Is giving offerings to the Sangha then the Buddhist practice? Answer: Yes. Question: What about the offering of food to the unseen beings or deceased ancestors then?...
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