A Buddhist Journal

August 7, 2006

Birthday of Earth Store Bodhisattva

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Earth Store Bodhisattva

Earth Store (Ksitigarbha) Bodhisattva is very popular among the Chinese
and Japanese Buddhists because he takes upon himself the fearful and difficult
tasks of bringing relief and consolation to the suffering beings of Hell.

The birthday of Earth Store (Ksitigarbha) Bodhisattave falls on the 30th day
of the 7th moon of the Chinese lunar calendar
(Aug. 23rd, 2006).  All over the
world Buddhist temples offer prayers to Earth Store (Ksitigarbha) Bodhisattvahe
during the 7th lunar month for the benefit of the dead.

In the closing chapter of Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva,
Sakyamuni Buddha gave this advice for the benefit of all human beings:

“Listen to me carefully and I shall tell you in detail. If virtuous ones
of the future see the Earth Store (Ksitigarbha) Bodhisattva’s image,
hear the Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva (Ksitigarbha)
Sutra, chant this Sutra, make offerings to Earth Store (Ksitigrabha)
Bodhisattva, pay homage to him, they will receive these benefits:

1.  They will be protected by devas and dragons.
2. Their ability to do good will be increased.
3. Opportunities for doing good will increase.
4. They will strive to attain Buddhahood.
5. They will enjoy sufficiency of food and clothing.
6. They will be free from diseases.
7. Floods and fire will not affect them.
8. Robbers will not trouble them.
9. They will be respected and admired by people.
10. Spirits and devas will protect and assist them.
11. Females shall be reborn as males.
12. The females will become daughters of noble and exalted families.
13. They will be reborn with good complexion.
14. They will be reborn in the heavens for many lives.
15. They will be reborn as kings or rulers of countries.
16. They will have wisdom to recollect their past lives.
17. They will be successful in all their aspirations.
18. They will enjoy happy family relationships.
19. Disasters will not affect them.
20. Their bad karma will be removed.
21. Wherever they go, they are safe.
22. They shall always have peaceful dreams.
23. Their deceased relatives shall be free from sufferings.
24. They will be reborn with happiness.
25. They will be praised by divine beings.
26. They will be intelligent and skilful.
27. They will have compassion for others.
28. They will finally attain Buddhahood.

“NAMO EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA”

“NAMO KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA YA”.

地藏菩薩本願經 (囑累人天品第十三)

說是語時,會中有一菩薩,名虛空藏,白佛言:世尊,我自至忉利,
聞於如來讚歎地藏菩薩,威神勢力,不可思議。未來世中,若有善男
子善女人,乃及一切天龍,聞此經典及地藏名字,或瞻禮形像,得幾
種福利?唯願世尊,為未來現在一切眾等,略而說之。

佛告虛空藏菩薩:諦聽諦聽!吾當為汝分別說之。若未來世,有善男
子善女人,見地藏形像,及聞此經,乃至讀誦,香華飲食,衣服珍寶,
布施供養,讚歎瞻禮,得二十八種利益:

一者、天龍護念,

二者、善果日增,

三者、集聖上因,

四者、菩提不退,

五者、衣食豐足,

六者、疾疫不臨,

七者、離水火災,

八者、無盜賊厄,

九者、人見欽敬,

十者、神鬼助持,

十一者、女轉男身,

十二者、為王臣女,

十三者、端正相好,

十四者、多生天上。

十五者、或為帝王,

十六者、宿智命通,

十七者、有求皆從,

十八者、眷屬歡樂,

十九者、諸橫消滅,

二十者、業道永除,

二十一者、去處盡通,

二十二者、夜夢安樂,

二十三者、先亡離苦,

二十四者、宿福受生,

二十五者、諸聖讚歎,

二十六者、聰明利根,

二十七者、饒慈愍心,

二十八者、畢竟成佛。

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