|Purred: Wed Dec 3, '08 7:09am PST |
|We (Buddhist) believe there are 6 realms of existence one can be born into.
From lowest to highest they are: Hell, Hungry Ghost, Animal, Human, Demi-God, and God (God having a different meaning than what most people think of as "God")
Anyway, as you see, we animals are in a realm lower than humans.
We also believe that the only way our (animal) spirits can move on to the higher realms and eventually become a Buddha is by going to a Buddhist Temple, hearing Dharma (teachings of Buddha) , or smelling incense. (Incense helps to clean the bad karma.)
So, one of things my momma does for us every night while we're laying in bed is she chants the mantra "OM MANI PADME HUM" out loud several times for us to hear. She also burns incense a lot.
This way, in our next life, we will be born a human and will be able to stive for Buddhahood from there.
If you'd like more on the meaning of that mantra, try this web site:
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