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Ghost Festival

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unspoken
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Ghost Festival

Postby unspoken » Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:35 pm

There's a period of time in every year where a lot Chinese people will starting to fold burning papers and offering foods in front the grave of their relatives. And sometimes I see paper-made items burn for offering to those passed-away relatives. And I saw a paper written in Chinese words something about the hell and human world passport. I do not believe in what most of them believe, thinking burning paper folded in ornament shapes will definitely send some "hell money" to them.

But one thing confused me. Is there those "officers" that will bring you to hell for judgement when you are going to Avicci Hell? If there are, do those who suffers in Avicci Hell be able to come out for some particular reason and stay here for a while? Or just stay there and suffer until their bad karma worn out?

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Kim OHara
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Re: Ghost Festival

Postby Kim OHara » Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:01 am

Hello, Unspoken,
The Festival of Ghosts is not a Buddhist tradition at all, but part of Chinese folk religion.
As for the Avici Hell, maybe this will help: .
:namaste:
Kim

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Re: Ghost Festival

Postby plwk » Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:49 am


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Re: Ghost Festival

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Re: Ghost Festival

Postby pegembara » Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:45 am

And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.

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Re: Ghost Festival

Postby pilgrim » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:03 pm

The Theravada temple I attend celebrates Qing Ming. They don't call it Ghost Festival. What we do is to offer dana, chant parittas and then have a transference of merits ceremony. Buddhism has a clever practice of adopting native customs and incorporating it into itself.

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Re: Ghost Festival

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