Thursday, January 29, 2009

The return of deities to Earth

This is the fourth day of Chinese New Year. The Chinese will be busy welcoming deities who will return from the heavenly realm today. Such is the belief.

In Buddhism, deities belong to one of the six impermenant realms. When they have enjoyed their stay there, they will be born into one of the other realms, namely the animals, hungry ghosts, hells, azuras and human beings. The aim of all Buddhists will be to practise so that they do not recarnate anymore but go to the Pureland of Amitabha Buddha by chanting the name of Amitabha Buddha diligently every day and do good all the time as well as refrain from all evils. This is the surest way of becoming enlightened because in the Pureland, the surroundings are very conducive for practising to achieve enlightenment.

So much about the little Buddhism that I have learnt.

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