The path of accumulation

1 April 2011 - 2:54pm Comments Off

“Why do Buddhists pray so much?” Ngeow Voon Chin posed this question to students at the Kechara House Lamrim class a month ago. To a casual observer, someone who prays a lot must have a lot of problems, or many unfulfilled desires and therefore resort to divine intervention.

Indeed most of us have one problem or another, as it is the nature of samsara, and we need any help we can get. However, the real reason for our prayers is to purify our obscurations (the cause of our problems) and safeguard ourselves from hindrances so that we accumulate merit (in support of our practice) and develop bodhicitta (the ultimate aim of our practice). With our obscurations removed, our Buddhanature manifests. Making the Seven-Limbed Prayer and petitioning the merit field is an essential Mahayana practice of the Path of Accumulation that precedes the way of the Bodhisattva.

You may recall that upon our spiritual guide His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s advice, Kechara House recently concluded the week-long first phase of the Setrap Grand Obstacle Removing Retreat. We completed part of the retreat target.

Retreat Target Day 7 Total To Go
Serkyem 200,000 10,160 105,232 94,768
Kawang 200,000 13,731 73,928 126,072
Mantra 2,000,000 84,200 962,600 1,037,400

On the second day of the first phase of our retreat, we heard the most unfortunate news of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan and made a collective dedication of the merits accumulated to the victims and their loved ones.

We now invite you to join us on our second phase of the retreat and continue on the Path of Accumulation. Full details of the retreat can be found HERE, or by contacting Any Loke or Bean Loke at [email protected].

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