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Author Topic: Strange "requested offering"  (Read 815 times)

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Strange "requested offering"
« on: August 04, 2019, 02:44:08 pm »
So, for a while now, I have had this houseplant that has been struggling on the verge of death, even though I have three others of the same species that are doing relatively well in what seems like identical conditions to me. 

Today I woke up with the conviction that the thing to do with it was to go to the local Buddhist temple and give it up, leaving it at the feet of their Kwan Yin statue.  I did argue with myself a bit that it would be rude to leave a dying houseplant in a holy place as an offering, but the feeling persisted all the way through lunch, and I have occasionally had these weird feelings of being pulled to do something without having any accompanying emotional desire for it, and usually found out later it was the correct thing to do for some reason.

So, I followed up and did it.   Funny thing is, when I got there, there was already a large, completely empty ceramic flowerpot, clearly not a normal part of the temple decor, sitting there, exactly the right size to slide my own much less attractive pot and plant into it.   I did so, lit a stick of the provided incense, did a brief calming meditation and left.   

I still don't know what that was all about and maybe never will, but it was interesting and seems positive.

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Re: Strange "requested offering"
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2019, 02:58:41 pm »
So, for a while now, I have had this houseplant that has been struggling on the verge of death, even though I have three others of the same species that are doing relatively well in what seems like identical conditions to me. 

Today I woke up with the conviction that the thing to do with it was to go to the local Buddhist temple and give it up, leaving it at the feet of their Kwan Yin statue.  I did argue with myself a bit that it would be rude to leave a dying houseplant in a holy place as an offering, but the feeling persisted all the way through lunch, and I have occasionally had these weird feelings of being pulled to do something without having any accompanying emotional desire for it, and usually found out later it was the correct thing to do for some reason.

So, I followed up and did it.   Funny thing is, when I got there, there was already a large, completely empty ceramic flowerpot, clearly not a normal part of the temple decor, sitting there, exactly the right size to slide my own much less attractive pot and plant into it.   I did so, lit a stick of the provided incense, did a brief calming meditation and left.   

I still don't know what that was all about and maybe never will, but it was interesting and seems positive.

Since Buddhism focuses on impermanence, I think the offering is fit.
My personal moral code:

Love wisely, and do what thou wilt.

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Re: Strange "requested offering"
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2019, 03:12:49 pm »
So, for a while now, I have had this houseplant that has been struggling on the verge of death, even though I have three others of the same species that are doing relatively well in what seems like identical conditions to me. 

Perhaps the energy was unbalanced where it was or for whatever reason the soil was too acidic or too alkaline. The change could mean everything.

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