Buddhist Prayer Hall
The Buddhist Prayer Hall is a sacred place where images of Buddha are enshrined and a place where Buddha resides. Its purpose is to allow devotees to pay respect, worship and make incense offerings to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
For a devout Buddhist, offering incense and paying respect to Buddha is daily routine. By making an offering, it is also a form of practice to express heartfelt respect and salutation towards Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is customary for the community to partake in vegetarian diet and make offerings to Buddha on the 1st and 15th lunar calendar day of each month.
Dharma says: “Repay the four weighty roots of kindness above”. Gratitude towards teachers and seniors are one of them. For Buddhist, Buddha is our teacher who provides us direction, so naturally we are in a teacher-student relationship thus possess the teacher-student passion. Under the guidance of Buddha and Bodhisattva, we can ignite our heart lamp and liberate ourselves to gain enlightenment. Therefore, besides paying respect and admire Buddha, we also make offerings to him too. Therefore, other than paying respect and praising Buddha, we also make offerings to him too.
Dharma says: “Make offerings broadly” which carries the meaning of making offerings to all sentient beings. There are three objectives of making offerings based on the understanding of Buddhist culture: firstly, it is an expression of respect to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; secondly, to increase and cultivate our field of merits; thirdly, to eliminate our greed and attachments.
Setting up of the Buddhist Prayer Hall offers the opportunity for all devotees to make offerings, pay respects, worship and make repentance towards Buddha and Bodhisattva daily. Through practising “Precepts, Samadhi (Tranquility), Wisdom”, seeking from within and reflecting upon greed, anger and ignorance, we aim to achieve liberation of the heart.
While paying respect to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the prayer hall, we need to let go of our arrogance and enter a passive natural state of emptiness. Quieten your heart and recite the Sutra or Mantra as though being present before the Buddha as he delivers his Dharma. Rejoice and immerse yourself in the joy and fragrance of the Dharma.
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Hall
It is a refuge for sentient beings, and our karmic creditors
There is significant amount of karmic debt in our DNA from endless lifetimes. These include karmic creditors from our parents across seven lifetimes and nine levels of ancestors. These karmic creditors are demanding payment from us; causing insomnia and discomfort to our family. If we do not liberate and provide a stable environment for them, these karmic creditors will linger around us and add to our burdens. By setting up a residence for them at the “Buddhist Prayer Hall”, it allows them to receive daily Dharma blessings and counsel them to let go of their resentments. After setting up a tablet, you may feel lighter, more comfortable and at ease.
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Hall
Blessings for the living – safety and fulfilment of wishes
We often feel that we are not as blessed, and our life is fraught with difficulties. Besides liberating the souls of our karmic creditors, are there any other methods? Praying to Buddha and Bodhisattvas for their blessings can truly bring about unbelievable outcomes. Set up a red tablet on “Elimination of Obstacles & Prayer for Blessings” at our prayer hall to gain auspiciousness, prosperity, wealth and peace!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. 1. Is there any difference in setting up tablets during Puja and at Buddhist Prayer Hall?
Setting up tablets at the Buddhist Prayer Hall for a prolonged period will ensure your karmic creditors will not surround us at all time. If they have located our whereabouts, they can now proceed directly to the Buddhist Prayer Hall. Without the tablets, our karmic creditors will linger around us thus affecting our health, luck and harmony and give rise to obstacles in all aspects. Even though you have setup the spiritual liberation tablet to house them temporarily at the hall, please remember to send them off during Puja sessions so that they can be spiritually liberated eventually.
2. How many times do we need to perform spiritual liberation for the deceased? Is it 6-12 months?
It depends on each individual case. There is a difference between natural death and premature death. The difference in the level of hatred will also determine the required frequency before achieving success. We will need to perform “insight observation” to assess the situation. Should the deceased be liberated successfully and start a new lease of life, your continued efforts in the pujas will assist them in having a smooth-sailing new life.