TheSpirit wrote:Does wearing these Buddhist objects/amulets bring about protection? Or is it just to be a constant reminder of mindfulness of the Buddha and practice?
Sort of a combination of the two lol, or maybe the two are not hugely different, some guesswork here:
In the Mahayana it's asserted that to a degree you can affect Karmic fruits, a position which Theraveda (as far as I know) claims is impossible (someone correct me if i'm wrong on this). I haven't read that many actual Mahayana explanations of amulets per se, but if you were to look for a detailed explanation I'd expect it would have something to do with the effect of a given Bodhisattva etc. clearing out obscurations or burning up negative Karmic seeds. you can decide for yourself if that sort of thing is the same animal as a "good luck charm". And as with anything, the explanation and view of an average layperson is not necessarily the view of a teacher, monastic, what have you.
Another way to view this (maybe even related to the above) is actually quite simple and requires no "belief" in anything unusual, if you have around you images that inspire you, calm the mind, then you will progress faster spiritually, and you will actually affect the world differently as a result..there is nothing particularly mystical to that, and it can be observed pretty easily..something as simple as smiling or not has a similar sort of global affect on your outlook, and how others perceive you..which in turn affects myriad things.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen