Q031: Hi Master Lu, I have a question. On the first day of the Chinese New Year, can I go to several temples to make incense offerings and make Great Vows? These temples all have the statues or images of the Great Merciful and Great Compassionate Guan Yin Bodhisattva. The Great Vows made at the different temples are the same. According to our customs, we always go to several temples to pay respects.

A031: 

  • It is of course good to pay respects to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas at temples.
  • It is good to pay respects at temples where Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will go, but it is not good to pay respects at temples where Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not go.
  • It is best to go to the same temples regularly to pay respects, and cultivate well according to the Dharma Doors of Guan Yin Bodhisattva.
  • Most importantly, you should regularly perform recitations, make Great Vows, and perform Life Liberation, as well as mindfully and sincerely practise Buddhism for Guan Yin Bodhisattva to protect and bless you.

 

[Updated 2012.04.25]