Q136: Hi Master Lu, what should we be aware of for birthday celebrations?


  • Birthday celebrations for a living person should be based on the Gregorian calendar rather than the lunar calendar.
  • On your birthday, you must not perform the act of killing, as the resulting karmic obstacles due to negative karmas generated would be doubled on your birthday. During your birthday celebration, if you and others consume live creatures, then all the negative karmas from the killings are counted towards you.
  • It is best to be vegetarian on your birthday. If you can perform Life Liberation it would be even better.
  • In addition, it is recommended that you perform more recitations and recite more Little Houses.
  • It is best not to light or blow out candles. When you light candles, it is similar to informing the underworld that one year has been deducted from your lifespan.


[Updated 2012.07.05]