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May someone tell me who this is?

Post by WindSong » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:39 am

This was a gift from a monk at a temple recently. He said it will bring good luck and help with addiction.
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Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:21 am

Amulets are a scam. It is not the Buddha's teaching that such trinkets can bring good luck. If you treat the image of the Buddha or other saints with reverence that is the wholesome kamma of reverence, which brings good results, but no magic is involved.

If you want to get good results, make good efforts.

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Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Post by WindSong » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:58 am

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:21 am
If you want to get good results, make good efforts.
Good advice

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Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Post by WindSong » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:02 am

Now the question is; What do I do with the amulet if I don't believe in it? Pass it on to someone else even though I do not believe in it? This goes against my current understanding of morals. Then I have the conflicting thought of disposing of a gift.

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Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Post by chownah » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:47 am

WindSong wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:02 am
Now the question is; What do I do with the amulet if I don't believe in it? Pass it on to someone else even though I do not believe in it? This goes against my current understanding of morals. Then I have the conflicting thought of disposing of a gift.
Just keep it. It was a gift. If I gave you something would you only keep it if you thought it had magical powers? Use it as a reminder of the monk who was earnestly working to help you and as a reminder that it is through one's own efforts that one makes progress.
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Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Post by cjmacie » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:14 am

chownah wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:47 am
WindSong wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:02 am
Now the question is; What do I do with the amulet if I don't believe in it? Pass it on to someone else even though I do not believe in it? This goes against my current understanding of morals. Then I have the conflicting thought of disposing of a gift.
Just keep it. It was a gift. If I gave you something would you only keep it if you thought it had magical powers? Use it as a reminder of the monk who was earnestly working to help you and as a reminder that it is through one's own efforts that one makes progress.
chownah
And as a reminder to practice recollection on the Buddha (& Dhamma, Sangha, etc.).

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Re: May someone tell me who this is?

Post by WindSong » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:56 am

Thank you Chownah, and cjmacie.

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