Q. Can we get blessing by praying to the Buddha?

A. If you can offer true prayer to the Buddha, you will be sure to get more than blessing. The condition of offering true prayer to the Buddha is to see and hear him in person. Praying to him without knowing who he is no better than idolatry that is a kind of primitive religion. Praying to the Buddha, only after ascertaining his being by seeing and hearing him in person, is worth calling true prayer.

Paradoxically, the moment you see the Buddha in person, that is, as soon as you fulfil the condition for offering true prayer, the necessity for prayer will disappear since this is the moment of your realising that you are none other than the Buddha you have been looking for. Then, you are said to have gained the universe, much greater than any blessing, for nothing. The best prayer is to see the Buddha in person.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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