Wednesday, June 2, 2010
(MONK - KEY)
Question : (Unedited)
I have gone to the temple with him and met the monks he's learning from but am too embarrassed to ask the monks what they do with the offerings. My son feels the offering is for Buddha and Buddha will find a way to remove it and until then it gets to stay. He has 2 youth aged books the head monk gave him to read and he explains to me every night before bed what he has read, and so far nothing about alters.
Since you know the temple, I may be able to shed some light if you would divulge the name of the temple, its location, and possibly the tradition that is practised. The name of the monk will also be able to give some clues to its authenticity.
By referring to your statement which I quote: " My son feels the offering is for Buddha and Buddha will find a way to remove it and until then it gets to stay."
This is a very disturbing piece of news. Based on this statement alone I can safely say that your son is being misled. The Buddha is dead and gone. It is his teachings that we follow to gain results, and NOT praying to the Buddha and waiting for him to send us to heaven or to partake our offerings to him.
Please be careful and not let bogus monks hoodwink your son. If need be, you may suggest to your son to study the proper teachings of the Buddha and also to find alternative temples which are genuine. If you need further info, please come back.