Offering to Kwam Seum Bosal


One day after lunch in Gak Su temple, Zen Master Dae Kwan (Sifu) chatted with her students.

One student asked: Sifu, my mom said that we chant Kwan Seum Bosal every day. Tomorrow is her birthday. Why don’t we organise a ceremony to make an offering to her? I didn't know how to answer her.

Sifu replied: You should reply to your mom that we make offerings to Kwan Seum Bosal not only on her birthday, but every day. And of course if your mom would like to make extra offerings on that day, she's welcome to do so.

he student understood suddenly, and put her palms together to express her gratitude to Sifu.

Commentary:
Moment to moment keep a Bodhi Mind; Every day is a good day. This will be the best offering to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas! If we make an offering to certain Buddhas and Boddhisattvas only on their birthdays or memorial days, then our spiritual practice will become mundane. Zen does not reject any kind of offering to all the Buddhas and Boddhisattvas, but if we attach to this form as the only way to show our gratitude, then the path towards awakening will become weak. Buddha wants us to wake up from our ignorance, greed and desire – this awakening is the true offering to ourselves and to this world.