Collections of my learning journey in the last 13 years of Feng Shui, Bazi, Meditation, Vedic astrology.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Donating Coffin 施棺
One of the good ways
to make merits is to donate coffins to the poor who could not afford a proper
funeral service for their departed loved ones. Recently, I read online that it
is well-known among the Hong Kongers that their late entertainment mogul, Sir
Run Run Shaw, actually donated many coffins during his lifetime and his wealth
and long life was attributed to this meritorious act.
Donating coffins is
widely practised by the Thais and many Singaporeans have been traveling over there
to give their donation via the Thai temples. However, not all of us are able to
make the trip just to make the donation. At the same time, not many people is
aware that such coffin donation can be done locally. That is why I am sharing
this here that the Singapore Buddhist Lodge (居士林) at River Valley actually
does take in such coffin donation. Any amount is welcome, which is then
consolidated under a fund to help pay for coffin of the deceased who comes from
poor and needy families.
Personally, I will try
do this few times each year and dedicate the merits to my family as well as the
people whom have seek my metaphysics service before.
Do go to their
reception counter at level 2 if you wish to donate coffin.
By the way, I have
been going to this temple since I was a boy and really looked forward to each
trip as there are abundance of free Buddhist books available. In fact, I have found
a couple of great books there over the years, some maybe out of print already.
In Taiwan, the practise of donating coffin has been around
for many years but much unheard of by Singaporeans as it is further away from
us than Thailand. Anyway, the point is that many of the Taiwanese people have
claimed that the merits of donating coffins when a family members undergoes
major life-threatening surgery is seemingly very effective in ensuring the
operation to be successful.
Here is an article of a Thai business woman who has been donating
coffins for the past 15 years: