Ch’an Master Sheng-Yen (*1930 Shang-hai): “As a Buddhist, you should understand karma. That you got knocked down by this buffalo could mean that you owed the buffalo something from a previous life, perhaps your own life; but because you were on a pilgrimage, you only suffered a broken leg. That is your karma.”
Question: “How does the mind go from one body to another?”
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika (1999): “Think of it being like radio waves. The radio waves, which are not made up of words and music but energy at different frequencies, are transmitted, travels through space, are attracted to and picked up by the receiver from where they are broadcast as words and music. It is the same with the mind. At death, mental energy travels through space, is attracted to and picked up by the fertilized egg. As the embryo grows, it centres itself in the brain from where it later ‘broadcasts’ itself as the new personality.”
Merits of Producing Buddhist Teachings and Buddha Images (out of 3 Buddhist books from Singapore)
“They will never suffer from floods or fire.
One will be unharmed by yaksas, evil spirits and wild beasts.
One mind will be at peace, free from harm and nightmares.
One who is ill will gain health.They will be free from all diseases.
One who is poor will gain wealth.
Females shall be reborn as males.
They will be intelligent and skilful.”
Foto: “Hara-Kiri – Death of a Samurai” (2011)