Food-giving question: Can I splash food in my own yard? Dreaming of high prices elsewhere.
Giving food, which was enlightened by Buddha Shakyamuni at the request of Venerable Ananda Bodhisattva and Moon Love Bodhisattva, is of immense miraculous and incredible merit.
...... Zhuge Changqing
Teacher Zhuge Changqing: Greetings!
I have just learnt your email contact details and I am usually reading the articles you have posted and am quite impressed by the depth of traditional culture.
Recently I have been learning to do alms giving. As I have to go to work every day, I usually use my lunch break to do alms giving on the green grass near my workplace, as I am just starting to do the rituals, I am using simple rituals.
I. Is it okay to splash food in my own yard?
Zhuge Changqing, I sometimes arrange to do it in the evening, in the courtyard of my home, and yesterday I did an almsgiving in the courtyard of my home. Master, I am confused, am I not doing the rituals properly? Is it because I am not sincere enough? Is this normal? If not, please tell me what I can do to improve the situation.
Secondly, I dreamed that my friend bought a house with a cheaper foundation, what is the meaning?
Last night I had this dream: I dreamt that a friend bought the foundation of a house for 800,000 yuan and then said that she had lost money because the foundation nearby was cheaper than hers and only cost 600,000 yuan.
If you can see this, please give me some compassionate advice. Amitabha!!!
Zhuge Changqing answers.
Amitabha Buddha, Venerable Blessed Living and Infinite Heaven.
Your continued refinement in doing almsgiving is of immense merit.
As you are usually very busy, it is possible to do alms giving without using hand gestures. Just recite it according to the ritual.
Your questions have been read by Mr. Zhuge Changqing and are answered below.
First question: Is it okay to pour food in the courtyard? Why do you say that splashing the food in the courtyard seems to be a less than satisfactory result?
You cannot pour food in the courtyard.
The main reason why your alms giving feels unsatisfactory is that you should not pour the alms water and rice in your own yard.
You can do the ritual at home, but when you pour it out, you must pour it outside your house in a clean place (if you live in a community, you should pour it outside the community), not in your own yard (your own yard is closed off to people, and it is unclean for people to come and go).
After Zhuge Changqing's meditative observation, if your courtyard is a practice dojo, you can splash it in the courtyard. If it is an ordinary residential yard, it is not recommended.
The translation of the Buddha's Sutra on the Rescue of Flaming and Hungry Ghosts by the Tang Sanzang Shaman Da Guangzhi Bhikong says about this: Take the food vessel on the clean ground. Spread your arms and pour it out.
Zhuge Changqing: The Buddha reminded to go outside to a clean place and pour it out.
You ask how do you see that there is still basically rice?
It's like this. What about giving food is that we turn the rice into infinite, energy rice that spreads throughout the void and the Dharma realm with the help of the blessings of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas, not that they eat the rice directly, but that they use their Dharma power to turn the rice into infinite rice, they eat the energy rice.
The second question: why do you dream of a higher price in another place?
This is a dream from the beings at the time of giving, reminding you that a different place is better, and that it would be better if you splashed the alms water and rice outside in a clean place.
Zhuge Changqing reminds you that it is better to do the ritual of giving food at home, but do not pour the water and rice in the courtyard of your home, but outside. This is the dream that the sentient beings come to give you.
You have a good heart and good thoughts. If you persevere, you will make even greater leaps in the future.
Learn from the sages and promote good virtue.
Revitalise China and benefit the world.
Do not do evil, do good.
Zhuge Changqing, I wish you success!