DBC - The Auspicious 8 Offerings

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☘️ Donor’s merits: merits accumulated from supporting the monastery to propagate the Dharma to benefit all beings will be dedicated to the entire family of those seeking blessings.   

☘️ Introduction :
July Great Compassion Repentance Puja Special 8-Offering Altar set-up - (drinking) water, (cleaning) water, flowers, light, perfume, food, music.
During ancient Indian times, when receiving the King and distinguished guests from afar, the host would first offer cooling drinks (water) for the guests to quell their thirst. The next water offered would be for washing away the dirt on their feet, followed by offering of flowers as a welcome gesture. Next, the incense would be handed to the King to invite him to use it to light up the lamp in the room as he entered. 

After the King took his seat, perfume would be presented for elimination of exhaustion, followed by serving of dedicacies (food), with music and dance (music) being performed as well.
Practitioners are to use the same respectful way to offer to the Buddha; Offer these 8 items to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to accumulate limitless virtues and merits. Thus planting the cause and invite the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas into our heart and mind. 

☘️ Benefits:
🌻 Offer drinking water for attaining relief life after life, and ultimately, death-free nectar. 
🌻 Offer water for cleaning to eliminate obstacles, and swiftly attain Buddhahood. 
🌻 Offer flowers for beautiful and dignified appearance life after life, and adorn with Buddha’s excellent characteristics. 
🌻 Offer incense for upholding of pure ethical discpline or precepts. 
🌻 Offer light for intelligence and wisdom life after life, and attain omniscience. 
🌻 Offer perfume for not having body odour and have perfect conduct in every lifetime.
🌻 Offer fragrant fruits for abundance of clothings and food life after life, attaining ultimate Buddhahood. 
🌻 Offer wonderful music for beautiful vocals life after life, attaining the fruition of receiving the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas’ teachings directly.

☘️ Monastery will acknowledge donations by:
🪔 Merits accumulated from The Great Compassion Repentance Puja will be dedicated to the ones seeking blessings for: avert calamities for longevity, healthy body and mind, successful career, increasing wealth and prosperity, honorable reputation, for all matters to be auspicious, increase bliss and wisdom, meeting the Triple Gem every lifetime, aspire for spirit of enlightenment and attain Buddhahood.

 

 

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