Question: How can I not be superstitious?
Elder Meng Shen said: Buddhist practitioners cannot be divorced from life. Daily life contains the presence of Zen, and they should not be separated from worldly awareness. Practice is to change one’s state of mind and sublimate one’s state of mind. When your mind is still unable to change your mind, you should let everything take its course. When you are sick, you must see a doctor. Take medicine when you need it, get injections when you need them, and the same goes for surgery.
What is superstition? It means believing in confusion, not understanding the object of your belief, and blindly believing in it. For example, some people who claim to be Buddhists often kowtow, pray to gods and worship Buddha, and even go to temples to eat fast and recite Buddha’s name, thinking that in this way they can seek the inspiration of Buddha and Bodhisattvas and bless their wishes to come true. Such people are superstitious. The Buddha cannot bless anyone. The Buddha tells us that everything depends on ourselves. The Buddha understands the truth of the world and the universe and tells us that everything has its own destiny. If we want to get any kind of results, we must start from the cause through our own efforts and use the correct method, just like farmers must first sow, fertilize, water, and take care of the land, and then after a period of time, we can Getting the fruits you want means “if you sow melons, you will reap melons; if you sow beans, you will reap beans.” Everything must be done by oneself, nothing will fall from the sky. This is the law of cause and effect that the Buddha told us. If you don’t work hard and rely on praying to gods and worshiping Buddha, this is authentic superstition.
- To be honest, people who are practicing Buddhism nowadays are very superstitious! They go to temples to burn incense and worship Buddha. Why? In order to get promoted and make money, and to ensure peace, all for this reason.
- People who study Buddhism do not understand what Buddhism is. This is superstition! Can he get any benefits from praying to God and worshiping Buddha? If he does not get it, he is just comforting himself.
- I heard that the Buddha in this place is very spiritual and responsive. If he goes to ask for it, he really gets it.
- If it is really so smart, if one hundred people ask for it, and all one hundred people get it, then it is true; if one hundred people ask for it, only one or two get it, and none of the others get it, then how can it be true?
- If you like this person, give it to him; if you don’t like that person, don’t give it to him: How can this be true? There is no such truth. China has a definition of gods, which are called gods by integrity. Integrity, there is no unfair reason!
- I don’t understand what Buddhism is. I don’t distinguish between gods and Buddhas. I think that I often go to the temple to burn incense, make wishes, and make offerings. This is called learning Buddhism. This is wrong! Buddhism is the way of a teacher. You must be clear about this. To worship Bodhisattvas as gods is superstitious.
- We must know that the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to us are the teachings of scriptures! We follow the teachings of scriptures and correct all our wrong thoughts, opinions, sayings and practices. This is the blessing of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and this is the blessing of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
- There is no superstition in Buddhism. If you truly follow the teachings, you will gain real benefits. Where does the benefit come from? It is not given to us by the Buddha, but obtained by our own cultivation. There is no such thing as leaving the scriptures, burning incense and worshiping Buddha, and asking for blessings from Buddha and Bodhisattvas.
We should understand why we study Buddhism? If it is really for life and death, and if it is really for rebirth in the Western Paradise, then we should see through everything in front of us in this world, be more indifferent, and not take it too seriously. From now on, we will recite the Buddha’s name and think of the Buddha every time in our hearts. We will see through and let go of everything else, and there will be no worries!