Amulets in Buddhism?

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Amulets in Buddhism?

Postby ylee111 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:38 pm

I am Chinese from a Pure Land Buddhist family (I think we are as Buddhist as "the average Christian family in America)." In many of my community temples in New York City, charms and wards and amulets are given out for donations. I am curious about what other specific sects of Buddhism does this practice occur in? I have seen the amulets in many Thai Nikkaya and Tibetan/Himalayan traditions and someone told me Nichiren sects as well. I find this phenomenon fascinating as from what I understand it is not in the core teachings yet it occurs cross-culturally in the Buddhist groups across Asia (but not in the West despite the mystical revival of the 60s).

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

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Need help on finding info on amulets in Buddhism.

Postby ylee111 » Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:04 am

Thanks for the reply Blue Garuda. I think a book on the matter across Asian cultures would be helpful. Or a blog with charms from all different Buddhist traditions which follow the practice.

I am specifically looking to find out more about this cross-cultural phenomenon because I am seeking out sources for omamori , thochags, and other charms in New York City temples to give to my parents and family.

Do temples in either the Zen sects or Jodo traditions believe in handing out items to people to help them obtain "good karma"?

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Postby Wesley1982 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:54 pm

If you visit a particular Buddhist country/province/region ask the locals and will show them to you, or have have one made for a cash sale... (real amulet prolly cost more $)

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Postby Kaji » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:19 am

Namas triya-dhvikānāṃ sarva tathāgatānām!

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Postby plwk » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:54 am

In Chinese Pure Land Buddhism, the wrist mala is optionally worn as a recitation counter and a reminder to practice and not as an amulet...the greatest 'amulet' is one's own proper Dharma practice, which is consistent with the Teaching & Discipline, funny how some people would invest their time and resources going after trinklets but would not do the same for Dharma practice...

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Postby Kaji » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:48 am

Namas triya-dhvikānāṃ sarva tathāgatānām!

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Postby ylee111 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:16 am

Thank you Kaji. I cannot read Chinese though:).

Curious, do Chinese Ch'an temples give out these amulets?

"...funny how some people would invest their time and resources going after trinklets but would not do the same for Dharma practice..."

"The trinket" is a sigil, which symbolizes one's will and intent, both by the one who consecrated it and the one who puts reverence into it. For example, you do not pray to the statue of Kannon (Kwan Yin) but bestow homage to Kwan Yin symbolized by the statue. However, omamori purchased in the form of "Hello Kitty" are probably "no bueno."

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

Postby Kaji » Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:04 am

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Re: Amulets in Buddhism?

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