Jan 06, 15
Animals are sentient beings that are like us in wanting happiness and not pain and suffering. Ancient records tell us that living creatures are not without feeling and intelligence (pg 64).The Buddha taught that all living beings have been our relatives cyclically since beginningless times (pg 70) and demonstrated the karmic consequences of killing (pg 63). Besides becoming a vegetarian, read page 40 on how we can benefit animals with wisdom and compassion. By cultivating love, compassion and gratitude, we benefit others and make the world a better place (pg 38).
Nov 22, 14
The Grand Prayer that Blesses and Benefits All Sentient Beings is one of the grandest and most supreme of Chinese Buddhist prayers. This grand prayer liberates sentient beings from suffering through the extensive merit generated by making offerings of Dharma and food, so that all beings can attain happiness and enter the path of Buddhahood.
Participating in this grand prayer generates inconceivable merit for both the living and deceased. As one is making offerings to the Triple Gem of the ten directions and to tens of thousands of sentient beings within the six realms, the merit arising from this benefit not only oneself, but also one’s immediate and extended family.
This grand prayer takes seven days and nights to complete, and involves approximately 100 Venerables.
11 different prayer texts are recited in the various Inner and Outer Shrines. The Emperor Liang Repentance Ceremony and the Great Compassion Repentance Ceremony are also conducted during the Grand Prayer.