Lamp Offering to Jade Emperor on 9th day of the 1st Lunar Month
On the birthday of Sakra (Jade Emperor) on the 9th day of the 1st lunar month,
Offer lamps to Buddhas and to the heavens,
Practice vegetarian diet and do good deeds to cultivate the field of merits,
May everyone have an auspicious, happy and healthy year.
Sau Seng Lum Buddhist Temple organized a lamp lighting activity on the 9th day of the 1st lunar month, lamps were lighted on behalf of the devotees to celebrate the birthday of Sakra (Jade Emperor), to show gratitude for day and night protection of the Heavenly Bodhisattvas, also to pray for the prosperity of Buddha Dharma, and the Triple Gems often serve as the light for all living beings in darkness, protecting the world and the people. In the New Year, may the global pandemic be eradicated, the world be at peace, the people and nation be peaceful and in harmony, and to overcome all adversities.
Sau Seng Lum Buddhist Temple also prayed on behalf of the devotees for the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to eliminate karmic obstacles, so that life becomes brighter and safer. May everyone be a lamp upon themselves to shine on the path of Bodhi so that they will never lose their directions, because the lamp does not only contain the moral such as brightness, warmth, hope, conscience, etc. but also contains the wisdom of the supreme Bodhi.
According to the Abbess, Rev. Chang Heng, the light of the lamp is also called the light of wisdom; the wisdom of the Buddha is as bright as light, which can break through the darkness and troubles of all living beings. Therefore, by offering a lamp to the Buddha with a pious heart, one will receive innumerable blessings. As the saying goes, the lamp of wisdom does not go out, and the wheel of Dharma often spins.
“Through lighting a lamp, one should let the light illuminate their minds and be able to constantly observe all the thoughts from time to time, and remind yourself to practice good deeds, and avoid evil deeds. Besides, you should always remind yourself to listen to the Buddhist scriptures, practice wherever you are, and increase your own merits, blessings, and wisdom.”