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圣诞节耶稣火供答问

 

在见到耶稣火供相片后,波兰弟子虚明提出下列问题:
为何是用钉十字架的图片,而非圣诞的图片?

我回答如下:

陈祖师在举行耶稣火供时,用两张图片;在圣诞节时用的是钉十字架的图片,而在复活节时用的是耶稣跪着祈祷的图片,并且在耶稣头上还有耶稣飞昇天堂的图片。在我们所举行的所有耶稣火供中,我们一直遵循这个传统。

这个火供仪轨的名称是:耶稣教五圣尊息法护摩仪轨;见:
http://www.yogilin.org/b5files/f1/f1012.html
然而,通常我们就简称之为:耶稣火供。

这个火供是在耶稣生平重要的两个节日举行,但是这并不表示此举只是为祂的出生或复活而已。从仪轨内文,显然可见钉十字架是此仪轨的重要部分。

虽然在仪轨中没有列出,在每次的耶稣火供裡,我们都供奉耶稣出生时所收到的三样礼物:乳香、金(箔)、没药。

此外,在拙作《朝佛沐恩记》内,
http://www.yogilin.org/b5files/b0/b0028.html
从下列段落的说明可见将个人的辞世与出生联结的意义:

十五、佛诞生地——蓝毗尼

早餐后再度往朝佛诞圣地。在池畔有一棵大菩提树,树身下端半空,其内安一小塔,塔内供一尊卧佛像。在佛诞地供奉代表涅槃的卧佛,提示朝佛者要缅怀佛陀一生事迹的表率;创设者颇具慧心。我献哈达及五果于此塔。

 

二○一七年十二月廿八日
养和斋     于加州

 

Holy image on altar at Christmas fire puja to Jesus
圣诞节耶稣火供神坛上的圣像

 

Holy image on altar at Easter fire puja to Jesus
复活节耶稣火供神坛上的圣像

 

Reply to Question on Christmas fire puja to Jesus

Yutang Lin

Upon seeing the Jesus Fire Puja photos, disciple Xu Ming sent the following question from Poland:
Why there is crucifixion picture and not nativity?

My replies are as follows:

Patriarch Chen used two images for fire pujas to Jesus; the one used on Christmas is depicting the crucifixion, while the other one used on Easter shows Jesus kneeling in prayer and above his head is a picture of Jesus flying up to the Heaven. We have been following this tradition in all our fire pujas to Jesus.

The fire puja ritual is entitled: Homa Ritual Honoring the Five Saints of Christianity; see:
http://www.yogilin.org/efiles/e0/e0068.html
But, to simplify matters, we usually just call it: Fire Puja to Jesus.

The fire puja is performed on two important dates in Jesus’ life, but it is not for his birth or resurrection only. From the ritual texts it is obvious that crucifixion is an important part of this ritual.

Even though it is not listed in the ritual, during the pujas we always offer the three gifts that Jesus received at birth: frankincense, gold (leaves), and myrrh.

Furthermore, in my book, A Blessed Pilgrimage, http://www.yogilin.org/efiles/b0/b0029.html
you will find the following remark that shows the significance of relating one’s passing away with one’s birth:

15. BUDDHA'S BIRTHPLACE—LUMBINI

After breakfast I visited the holy site of Buddha's Birth again. Near the pond there was a large Bodhi tree with half of its lower trunk hollowed; inside the hollow was a small stupa enthroning a statue of the reclining Buddha. Erecting a stupa for the reclining Buddha, which signifies Buddha's Pari-nirvana, at the site of Buddha's Birth, was indeed a very wise way to remind pilgrims of Buddha's life as a whole. I offered a khata and five fruits at the stupa.

 

December 28, 2017
El Cerrito, California


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