Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Ksitigarbha, "the bodhisattva of hell beings, as well as the guardian of children and patron deity of deceased children and aborted fetuses," comes to mind with Robert Badger's post about a recent trip to a temple quite close to where I live — Manbulsa. Of the image at the top of this post, he writes:
    One of the sets of memorials are the child monks. These are for children who were aborted. They wear knitted caps and hold little offerings of candy. According to the temple website, parents who have had their child aborted can offset the negative karma by purchasing one of these small statues.
I've posted about this temple and this particular East Asian Buddhist devotion, which I find quite moving, before — Pure Land Buddhism and Atonement for Abortion, "Baby Souls Mourning", Water Baby Offering Rites.

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