There are so many Chinese tradition, belief and culture beings handed down by a long time.
Sometimes, people will just simply follow and they actually don’t know why are they following.
May be due to
Out of fear, if I don’t practice this tradition or belief, it might bring bad luck or………
Greed for something, if I follow this, I might get good fortune, good life,…..
In Pali Language ( The Buddha taught in 2550 years ago), Human = MANUSIA.
Manusia means “Mind raise”, it mean human mind can continue be cultivated and develop.
We should contemplate before follow blindly on all tradition, belief and culture by using our mind whether is it right or wrong, is it bringing benefits to other beings or only myself, Is it benefit to the environment…….
As a Buddhist, Sometimes I heard the saying from people who are not based on right understanding and right view, for example:
1. ” When we offering fruits to Buddha or Bodhisattva, we must peel off all the brand sticker. if not, Buddha will also blessed the fruits company.”
We need to understand that fruits offering to Buddha, its act as a reminder for us on the Karmic relationship, “cause and effect”, once you sow apple seed, you are going to get an apple, not watermelon.
As such, we need to be mindfulness on our speech, mind and action, to cultivate all good deeds and eradicating all evil thought.
Moreover, it’s great if Buddha blessing can give benefit to others, not only ourselves.
As we also saying: “May all beings be Well and Happy!”
Let’s put into practice!
2. ” When we go to temple to pay respect to Buddha, we can’t wear our shoes, must bring disposable slipper, if not bad karma from others will follow us, we need to be responsible for others bad karma”
We are responsible for our own karma, it’s like a shadow which follow us. Nobody can be responsible for your karma except yourself.
3. “We are only invite sangha to chant for funeral or salvation to ancestors, all the “SAD moment” in life.
Never for any “HAPPY” event, e.g. Shop opening, moving to new house, ……
4. “Once we see the “Monk”, our business will drop……”
When we are taking refuge to triple gem, “I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha”.
The Sangha is preserving the Buddha’s original teachings and of providing spiritual support for the Buddhist lay-community.
“The sangha is the community of people who have the perfect right to cut through your trips and feed you with their wisdom, as well as the perfect right to demonstrate their own neurosis and be seen through by you. The companionship within the sangha is a kind of clean friendship-—without expectation, without demand, but at the same time, fulfilling.” By Chogyam Trungpa
We need to have the right understanding in Buddha Teaching before we give any negative and false remarks. Most important do not affect others for your wrong understanding.
Be silence if we don’t know.