amulets for modern problems

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amulets for modern problems

Post by Fortyeightvows » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:09 am

In the age where one can purchase funeral services on amazon... http://grapee.jp/en/53596

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Re: amulets for modern problems

Post by sillyrabbit » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:57 am

It seems like the only difference between this and traditional omamori is the lack of Chinese characters.

I don't really see the big deal :thinking:
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Post by Queequeg » Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:52 pm

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their marks
Made everything from toy guns that sparks
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It's easy to see without looking too far
That not much
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Post by Redfaery » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:23 pm

I think it's really lovely. So the clergy are providing more personalized care for the people they serve. That's a good thing!
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Post by Queequeg » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:45 pm

yeah, sorry. comment above was an impulsive and actually sort of sarcastic directed at the grousing about the perceived loss of meaning in the age of the internet.

Badly delivered and ultimately pointless.

My real view is ff things like this can bring comfort and encourage through a medium of communication we are increasingly native to, great. The Buddha's Pure and Far Reaching Voice resonating along the fiber optic cables binding our world.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Post by sillyrabbit » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:06 am

Queequeg wrote:yeah, sorry. comment above was an impulsive and actually sort of sarcastic directed at the grousing about the perceived loss of meaning in the age of the internet.
Honestly, that was my first knee-jerk reaction. Trying to be less cynical ... :toilet:
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Post by Queequeg » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:12 am

sillyrabbit wrote: Trying to be less cynical ... :toilet:
Me, too.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Post by Fortyeightvows » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:49 pm

I actually have a question about 'omamori' amulets. not these particiular ones, just generally.

I have read in a book about japanese buddhism that these type of amulets are good for one year then they must be burned or brought back to a temple. The book implied that it was because the amulet 'absorbs' bad luck... Is this correct to only keep this type of amulet for one year?

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Post by Queequeg » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:58 pm

Fortyeightvows wrote:I actually have a question about 'omamori' amulets. not these particiular ones, just generally.

I have read in a book about japanese buddhism that these type of amulets are good for one year then they must be burned or brought back to a temple. The book implied that it was because the amulet 'absorbs' bad luck... Is this correct to only keep this type of amulet for one year?
That's what I've heard. Expiration date of one year.

Not sure why. I think I've just heard they lose efficacy. The "absorbing" bad luck sounds very Japanese.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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Re: amulets for modern problems

Post by Fortyeightvows » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:02 pm

no problem to keep it longer then just no efficacy? but no problem either?

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Post by Queequeg » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:19 pm

I don't know. If the idea is that it absorbs bad luck, then Japanese logic would require that the amulet be purified, somehow. Usually, that means ritually destroying it.

To illustrate this thinking - the Inner Shrine at Ise is rebuilt every 20 years. The reason is because the old building is believed to become contaminated after a generation of use (when life was shorter, I guess generations lasted 20 years).

I'm pretty sure when you return an amulet, they are ritually burned.

I have quite a few amulets that are long past their expiration date... could explain why my sewer backed up this morning.

Just kidding.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

There are beings with little dust in their eyes who are falling away because they do not hear the Dhamma. There will be those who will understand the Dhamma.
-Ayacana Sutta

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