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The Buddhist Perspective of Exorcism

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  • NamoAmituofo
    ... For www.TheDailyEnlightenment.com ... The Buddhist Perspective of Exorcism Before carrying out any exorcism, it is always wise to first do one s best, with
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      The Buddhist Perspective of Exorcism

      Before carrying out any exorcism, it is always wise to first do one's best, with professional medical help, to personally discern if the affected person is psychologically or supernaturally disturbed, or both.

      While "exorcism" generally brings to mind of the forceful expelling of evil spirits from possessed persons or haunted places, Buddhist “exorcism” does not aim to kill, trap, hurt, or chase away harmful unseen beings. It is practised in the spirit of compassion, so as to

      1. Persuade the being to cease its disturbances and to repent his/her ways.
      2. Transform the being positively by encouraging resolution of his/her attachment and hatred.
      3. Guide the being towards spiritual liberation or better rebirths.

      There are many methods of exorcism. First and foremost is the practice of meditating and radiating loving-kindness to the angry being to calm him/her down, to assure goodwill and willingness to understand, followed by physical or mental dialogue to clarify any matters (if possible), and the offering of prayers and doing of good in the name of the spirit, so as to help him/her create spiritual merits for his/her well-being.

      Buddhist exorcism aims for win-win situations for the involved human and spirit - who are seen as two parties negatively affected by grudges that require peaceful negotiation. The spirit is not straightaway demonised and seen as someone evil, but seen as a misguided vengeful being who is suffering from his/her own hatred, who thus needs our compassion and wise counselling. This is similar to trying to reform abusive human criminals. However, for stubborn unrepentant spirits, there are special chants, which are protective scriptures (sutras) and mantras, to keep the spirit at bay. 

      - Shen Shi'an

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