How is your merit bank balance?

39-inch brass statue of Dorje Shugden,
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Did you know that without merits we will not be able to understand or realise the Dharma, Lamrim, the teachings of the holy Buddha, let alone apply it? Do you have doubts, worries and suffer from depression and unresolved problems that never seem to end with obstacle after obstacle stopping you from Dharma practice? If the answer is YES, then this is a sign that your merit bank is pretty low! Basically merits are required to attain success both in our mundane as well as spiritual goals.

So how do we accumulate merits?

It is written in the Guhyasamaja root text that, “Those sentient beings who do not have the fortune actually to meet the Buddha need the holy objects of body, speech and mind as the field in which to accumulate merit. These holy objects are necessary.”

So what are some of the ways we can boost our merit-making bank and fatten the bank balance?

Well, one of the most powerful ways to accumulate an enormous amount of merits is by making offerings to Buddha images as the holy text recommends. One way to begin, is to have a Buddha image or statue to make offerings to. That is why you see Buddha statues in every dharma center or monastery.

Many people misunderstand this part, thinking and saying that Buddhists are idol worshippers but this is a huge misconception! Buddhists are not making offerings to the statue but rather to what the object represents, and in this case, the statue of a Buddha represents a fully enlightened being. Every single atom of the Buddha’s form and body is the direct result of many aeons of practice and realisations. And making offerings to an enlightened being’s form and image creates the causes for one to also achieve the same results… to become an enlightened Buddha.

Having a Buddha statue does not merely help you collect merits; others who see your Buddha statue receive the seeds of enlightenment which are planted in their mind streams. As these seeds open and these people begin to practice the Dharma, you also partake of the good energy being created. This is why so many countries around the world build towering statues of the holy Buddha and stupas, turning each location into a power pligrimage site! It is a practice that is very popular and widespread across all Buddhist traditions around the world as it blesses the surrounding environment. It’s well known that having huge Buddha statues, like the 354-foot Guan Yin statue in China’s Hainan Island, also help to calm the land and protect the people from calamities

It is said that the amount of atoms there are in a Buddha statue is equivalent to the amount of merits one will accumulate from a single offering of water, candle, mantra, prostrations… So imagine the amount of precious merit you can accumulate by making offerings to a 39-ft Buddha of Wisdom in wrathful form – Dorje Shugden, who by great compassion comes in a form that is easy for us to make a connection with. Dorje Shugden is precisely the Buddha we need in this age.

Dorje Shugden as we all know is an emanation of Manjushri. They have the same enlightened mind stream; so by having Dorje Shugden and making offerings to Dorje Shugden, not only will one be protected from inner and outer obstacles but also accumulate immeasurable merits to develop the wisdom mind of Manjushri. Double bonus merit-making points for your bank! The wisdom that one developes by propitiating Manjushri in all its forms is a critical key to enlightenment.

In other words having a statue of Dorje Shugden equates to having the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri on your altar. And making offerings to Manjushri Dorje Shugden is, without a doubt, creating the causes for enlightenment. So what are you waiting for? Time to fatten up that merit bank of yours… visit DorjeShugden.com’s eShop!

 

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  1. What an inconceivable amount of merits one would have for having this statue in our home or office. Surely one cannot refute its excellent quality of craftsmanship and the superb accuracy of its iconography. All the details of the statue have been supervised by a highly qualified lama of high standing and knowledge. Every detail of the statue has not escaped the utmost experienced and trained eye of this expert Lama.

    It is incredibly meritorious to be able to invite this magnificent and rare statue.

  2. It’s very auspicious to have many of Buddha statues at home, specially Dorje Shugden. He is Manjushri, Buddha of Wisdom and Dharma Protector. When we do His practice well, we will be protected by Him and eventually we will gain wisdom.
    I love the above 39” inches of Dorje Shugden statue, and I wish to invite Him to my home one day! May I have the merit to receive Him! OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA.

  3. It is indeed very meritorious to be able to invite Buddha statues home especially Dorje Shugden who is a wrathful emanation of Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. We must have enough merits to be able to practice Dorje Shugden who is from the pure lineage of the Gelupa tradition.

  4. I have been told that statues are only empty images which are used so that practitioners can focus on an image when they meditate and/or pray. If this is true then how does it collect merits? Or are these statues blessed before so that it is infused with energy and not some empty metal image?

    Perhaps I did not understand this article correctly… perhaps someone can assist me.

    I have also noticed that many people also exploit this merit collection thing and make commercial gains from selling all these holy items? How does merit collection apply to this people who sell holy items and make commercial gains?

  5. All the while I don’t really know how to explain to those people that asking why Buddhist like to pray to statue. Now i know how to answer them. I also know that is very important that we should constantly make offerings to Buddha statues because the holy Buddha statue represent the quality of enlighten being. Rejoice.

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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