Fw: [zeph] What to Do When We See a Ghost?
> 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.
> 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
> standing at the opposite corridor door but this has been a few years. In
> case what should we do? Should we shao du (chinese words? or just ignore
> Here are some replies:
> Hi Frens,
> I recommend reading
> on "Important Ghost Stuff" written by Shiqin.
> Amituofo: shian: amituofo@...
> 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
> to him) Amitabha............
> 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
> recycling process.Since this ?friendly spirit? has caused no harm to
> friend at the present asI assume correctly from your email, your friend
> not be overly frightened..... This spirit is just one of those pitiful
> 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.
> he became an earthboundspirit........
> No matter what religion / faith your friend belongs to, it isimportant
> know that giving material offerings to the spirit is of NOT MUCHHELP.
> will instead enhance his attachment, and make the situation worse.
> spirits need are transference of merits from us .......thus what
> can do is to dedicate merits to them with the wish that they can
> from all sufferings and go for a better rebirth henceforth. Impress upon
> 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
> sentient beings attain liberation !?? Askyour friend to try this first
> s/he walks along the corridor, before gettinga monk/nun/pastor to help.
> one step at a time. Okay? Let us know the outcome, can?
> with metta
> sis meiyi: CHEONG_Mei_Yee@...
> - att1.htm