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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:46 am 
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Does anyone include in their practice an invitation to hungry ghosts, devas, and any other beings?

I remember reading some folks on here say they've seen or felt other beings join their practice, mimicking what they do. It seems like a natural extension of bodhicitta, to invite beings who need merit to join you... even if your session is 30 minutes of coming out of monkey mind over and over again :P I don't have any direct experience with such beings but I don't discount their existence simply because my eyeballs can't see them.

I imagine there's precedent for this so maybe someone's already written up a good prayer to use :)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:57 am 
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I feel all the realms of samsara are part of our practice, we just need to develope the ability to feel their presence and observe their arising and passing away with a balanced mind. :smile:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:41 am 
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During tsok, yes.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:54 am 
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duckfiasco wrote:
Does anyone include in their practice an invitation to hungry ghosts, devas, and any other beings?

:buddha1: :heart:


You bet.
I invite all buddhas, past present and future. The hordes of all realms, including the Non Buddhist. The more the merrier. I should imagine it is no different to the lone Zennist but it feels friendlier . . . :group:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:40 am 
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I see that kind of invitation everywhere, in water bowl offerings, in MB pujas, even in a simple 7 branch prayer.

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