Buddhist monks are known for bestowing blessings on people, marriages, etc. In fact, the practice is so common that many stores have been built up at or near various temples where worshipers can purchase “offerings” (usually consisting of food and other needed household items) in exchange for a blessing. However, in recent years the idea of accepting cash has been growing and a monk in Xiaogan City, Hubei, China did just that when he blessed the Porsche Cayman we see below.
Now, locals, and others across China, are speaking out against the practice on social media. I guess the idea of blessing a Porsche vs. a person or marriage crosses the line for some. According to the stories we read on Shanghaiist.com and Mirror.co.uk, a Chinese ‘IT boss’, Tao Hung, asked a group of Buddhist Monks to bestow a blessing upon his Porsche ensuring that he would ‘drive safely in the vehicle and be lucky always in reaching his destinations on time without incident’. Those who take offense to the practice say it’s pointless and that to ensure his safety he should not count on God, but rather drive slowly and safely on his own.
The monks say blessing cars and other means of transportation is part of their Buddhist tradition and that there’s nothing wrong with praying that the Porsche keeps the man safe. I wonder, do these type of blessings work? Maybe if I had my Porsche blessed I wouldn’t have received that speeding ticket last week…
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