The Magha Lantern Fund
The Magha Lantern Fund
Saturday February 16th, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.
In front of the Main Monastic Sitting Area (Thai: รัตนบัลลังก์)
In the International Dhammakaya Meditation Hall, Dhammakaya Temple
Dīpado hoti cakkhudo
Those who give lanterns are counted as people who give eyes
Those who give Magha Lanterns for lighting to worship the Lord Buddha will get many fruits such as they will have beautiful eyes, will have celestial eyes, their body aura will be bright, they will know kindness of the Triple Gems, they will be faithful firmly, intelligent, clever and expert in many sciences, both the worldly and Dhamma ones. When they practice Dhamma, they will attain Dhamma easily every lifetime until reaching the Utmost Dhamma.
Schedule of the Ceremony of Offering Magha Lanterns
Hundred-thousands of lanterns are lit to worship the Lord Buddha at the Meditation Square around Maha Dhammakaya Cetiya at the 15th full moon night of the 3rd Lunar Month every year. We would like to invite all Buddhists around the world to join the Ceremony of offering “Magha Lantern Fund” for spending in this event. We are arranging this ceremony on Saturday February 16th, 2013 at 10:20 in front of the Main Monastic Sitting Area in the International Dhammakaya Meditation Hall.
Summary of the fruits of the Magha Lantern Offering
1. You will know the kindness of the Triple Gems and it will cause your faithfulness firmly
2. You will know how and when to pay respect
3. You will have beautiful eyes and long eyesight
4. You will have celestial eyes
5. You will have nice and bright skin and your mind will be happy and joyful
6. Your body aura will be bright. You will have good consciousness and not careless.
7. You will be intelligent, clever and expert in many sciences, both worldly and Dhamma ones
8. You will not be reborn in the unfortunate realms
9. You will attain Dhamma and enlighten easily
Example: the Magha Lantern Offering Fruits of Phra Anuruddha
Phra Anuruddha was the best monk who had celestial eyes. He was a Buddhist monk who was intelligent and knew Dhamma Vinaya thoroughly. The Lord Buddha said that Phra Anuruddha had offered lanterns in the previous lifetimes so He was intelligent.
In a previous lifetime, He was born to be a poor, however, He offered alms to a Silent Buddha who just finished a meditative attainment and made a wish that He did not want to experience “Not Have” anymore. After that He became a rich man and when He passed away, He was reborn as King Indara for 7 times, the Great Emperor for 14 times, made thousands of lanterns to worship a pagoda in which relics of Padumutara Buddha contained and a pagoda in which relics of Kassapa Buddha contained too.
In this lifetime, He was born as a prince. When He was ordained, He learned the meditation from Phra Sariputta and then went to a forest. While He was practicing the monastic duties, He considered Mahāpurisavitakka 7. While He was doing, the Lord Buddha went to His place and taught Him to consider another one more. After that the Lord Buddha went to the residence and Phra Anuruddha continued considering. Finally, Phra Anuruddha became an Arahant and He usually examined the world beings by His celestial eyes except his meal times. While the Lord Buddha was passing away, He kept watching the Lord Buddha’s mind and told Phra Ananda. The Lord Buddha praised Him that His celestial eyes were better than any other monk.
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Translated by Chadawee Chaipooripat