Ways of filiality (II)

From:Voice of Longquan      Author:Voice of Longquan      Time:2016-08-02 20:20:23
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We shall take care of parents wholeheartedly and warm their hearts with our filial piety. When the mind is filled with good thoughts, bad thoughts are not likely to arise.

Q: Master, I love my mother very much, so I really wish she could live forever. Whenever I think she will leave me one day, I fall in deep sorrow. In addition, I am worried that she will be scared, frightened, or unwilling to leave when her time comes. What should I do to help her? I would rather give the time of my life to extend her life span. 

A: You are a good daughter. Kindness is invaluable. You can do good deeds and sincerely dedicate the virtues to her.


Q: Worship to Master! You mentioned that one could dedicate virtues of good deeds to his or her mother. Could you please explain how to do this? Is it right to chant “May this superior virtue of this practice bring bliss to all sentient beings. May all crimes and bad karmas be removed. May we attain the utmost enlightenment”? Thank you very much.

A: Yes. To whom you care about and to whom you dedicate the virtues.

Q: Master, my mother is 80. She fell down today and is in ICU now. We are not permitted to visit her. What should I do to relive my worries?

A: Your love to your mother is valuable, but worry by itself is of no help. You may chant the Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva, and dedicate the virtues to her. Also, you can learn how to look after your mother from Earth Store Bodhisattva.


Q: Master, I would like to ask a question about filial piety. My grandparents are about ninety, but they still quarrel and even fight. On the day before yesterday, my grandma poisoned herself after a quarrel. Although being saved, she is in a coma. My grandpa regretted about what he did and now wanted to commit suicide. They are really a couple with bad karmic relationship. If they continue harming each other like this, they won’t be free from their bad relationship in their afterlives. Master, what can I do to help them get rid of their grudges? I wish they could feel at ease when leaving this world. Thank you.

A: First, you can chant Buddhist sutras and dedicate the virtues to them; second, take care of them wholeheartedly and warm their hearts with your filial piety. When the mind is filled with good thoughts, bad thoughts are not likely to arise.

Editor: Nina
Tags:filial piety, life span, delicate the virtues

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