Reply to Inquiry:
Regarding the inquiry that a particular individual falsely claimed to have obtained permission from His Holiness the Buddha and declared to Buddhist practitioners that Feng shui and fortunetelling can change fortune and fate, the team of Holy Gurus of the World Buddhism Association Headquarters has respectfully submitted a verification petition to Namo Dorje Chang Buddha III. His Holiness the Buddha proclaims, “It is a vicious fallacy against causality and inherently an evil ideology. I have already elucidated the distinction between the righteous and evil of this kind. You are pitiful if you align with evil, and no one can save you.”
Namo Dorje Chang Buddha III imparts Dharma and cautions all Buddhist disciples: “The Law of Cause and Effect is a universal law underlying all phenomena in the universe. It is not an evil heresy of metamorphic feudal superstition, nor voodoo occult fallacies of yin-yang Fengshui and fortunetelling by religious charlatans or sorceress.” These are all fraudulent schemes. Namo Dorje Chang Buddha III has explicitly imparted in the 128 Evil and Erroneous Views that “Acknowledging it is acceptable not to have a clear belief in cause and effect yet have a superstitious belief in fortunetelling and luck. Not having a strong conviction in causality, not believing in causality, rejecting causality and believing in fortunetelling and luck are evil views. It is imperative to understand that all events and phenomena in the universe are based upon causality.” Hence, you reap what you sow. Feng shui and fortunetelling cannot change what you have done in the past. Feudal superstitions such as Feng shui, fortunetelling, physiognomy (face reading), heterodoxy or strange and heretically induced phenomena do not conform to Buddhism. Accordingly, believing these superstitions and spreading fallacies to deceive people are heretic non-Buddhist words and deeds. Regardless of any individual’s status, whoever accepts and practices them is not a genuine Buddhist.
Furthermore, any Buddhist who slightly threads the heterodox path cannot perceive the Tathagata and will not reap the fruits of fortune and wisdom. Evil heresy cannot change one’s fate and can turn any believer into a pathetic evil person. Therefore, we must follow the Dharma imparted by Namo Dorje Chang Buddha III and the doctrines established by Namo Shakyamuni Buddha. We must turn away from all evildoings and commit to good deeds, be compassionate and benefit humanity and all living beings. We should chant and pray for prosperity for all countries, robust and wholesome health for all people, abundant harvest of all crops and peace, auspiciousness and happiness for the world. That is the right path. Sowing the seeds of learning from Buddha and practicing Buddhist cultivation begets the fruits of fortune, wisdom, and, ultimately, perfect and complete liberation.
Inquiry Center, World Buddhism Association Headquarters
November 6, 2021
(Translated from Chinese to English by Sheila Lauly and reviewed by Eric Huang.)