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Fw: [zeph] What to Do When We See a Ghost?

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  • NamoAmituofo
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 27, 2001
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      > Dear Sister Grace,
      >
      > Since August Y2000 we read your below query rgdg your friend encounters.
      > Sister Mei Yee offered Dharma advice & requested you to keep us informed
      > of the outcome.
      > Are you able to update us? (I may have missed it). Thank you.
      >
      > Rgds,
      > Grace (similar name as yours)
      >
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: "!Namo@mituofO!" <amituofo@...>
      > Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2000 12:40 PM
      > Subject: [zeph] What to Do When We See a Ghost?
      >
      >
      > Previously, Grace asked:
      >
      > One of my friend stay in Toa Payoh and sometime she saw a spirit of a
      > man
      > standing at the opposite corridor door but this has been a few years. In
      > this
      > case what should we do? Should we shao du (chinese words? or just ignore
      > him.
      >
      > Here are some replies:
      >
      > ________
      > Hi Frens,
      >
      > I recommend reading
      > http://www.egroups.com/message/thedailyenlightenment/278
      > on "Important Ghost Stuff" written by Shiqin.
      >
      > Amituofo: shian: amituofo@...
      > ___
      > Hi,
      >
      > 1. I would just smile and nod. It works!
      > 2. Buddha said to read sutras to a ghost.
      >
      > Mark Vetanen: zennist@...
      >
      > __________
      > Dear Sister,
      >
      > When you see the silent ghost, just say Amitabha to him. (This is a good
      > wish
      > to him) Amitabha............
      >
      > LEEJAWMII@...
      >
      >
      > ________________
      > Hi Sis Grace_Toh
      >
      > Well.... from some buddhist traditional point of view, it is important
      > tounderstand that many a time, such apparitions can just be
      > illusions.Nevertheless, it is undeniable that spirits do exist in the
      > buddhist cosmologyof the 6 realms of existence .... as part of this
      > samsara
      > recycling process.Since this ?friendly spirit? has caused no harm to
      > your
      > friend at the present asI assume correctly from your email, your friend
      > need
      > not be overly frightened..... This spirit is just one of those pitiful
      > ones
      > who due to their karma has to be "reborn" in the lower realms and
      > because of
      > his deep attachmentto worldly things before he kicked the bucket (i.e.
      > died),
      > he became an earthboundspirit........
      >
      > No matter what religion / faith your friend belongs to, it isimportant
      > to
      > know that giving material offerings to the spirit is of NOT MUCHHELP.
      > It
      > will instead enhance his attachment, and make the situation worse.
      > Whatthese
      > spirits need are transference of merits from us .......thus what
      > yourfriend
      > can do is to dedicate merits to them with the wish that they can
      > beliberated
      > from all sufferings and go for a better rebirth henceforth. Impress upon
      > this
      > spirit that he doesn?t belong here.
      >
      > This involves a simple dedication of merits by reciting the following 2
      > stanzas:...... ??May the Dharma be withall sentient beings. May you and
      > all
      > sentient beings attain liberation !?? Askyour friend to try this first
      > when
      > s/he walks along the corridor, before gettinga monk/nun/pastor to help.
      > Go
      > one step at a time. Okay? Let us know the outcome, can?
      >
      > with metta
      > sis meiyi: CHEONG_Mei_Yee@...
      >
      > - att1.htm
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