According to Buddhism, every lunar month has eight auspicious days that you can take advantage of to enhance your good karma “credits”. When you do “good” or “bad” deed in these days, the karma points (good or bad) will be multiplied numerous times according to following formula.

First day of the lunar month
100 times karma credit: Ding-Huang Buddha day 定王佛日
–examples, 3/8, 4/6, 5/5 (dates for year 2008 only)

8th day of the lunar month
1000 times karma credit: Bhaisajya Guru Vaidurya Prabharajah Buddha day 藥師佛日
–examples, 3/15, 4/13, 5/12

10th day of the lunar month
100,000 times karma credit: A Thousand Buddhas in Good Kalpaa Buddha day 千佛日
–examples, 3/17, 4/15, 5/14

15th day of the lunar month
1 Million times karma credit: Amitabha Buddha day 無量佛日
–examples, 2/15, 3/22, 4/20, 5/19

18th day of the lunar month
10 Million times karma credit: Avalokitesvara- Great Compassion Bodhisattva day 觀世音菩薩日
–examples, 2/24, 3/25, 4/23, 5/22

21st day of the lunar month
100 Million times karma credit: Earth Treasury King Great Vow Bodhisattva day 地藏王菩薩日
–examples, 2/27, 3/28, 4/26, 5/25

25th day of the lunar month
100,000 times karma credit: Padmasambhava day 蓮師日
–examples, 3/2, 4/1, 4/30, 5/29

30th day of the lunar month
900 Million times karma credit: Shakyamuni Buddha 釋迦牟尼佛日
–examples, 3/7, 6/3

To take advantage of these auspicious days, you may:
–Do charity work like donation or give alms
–Eat vegetarian food
–Donate blood
–Release animals, birds, aquatic animals back to the wild

This is an ingenious system—people are motivated to do good deeds or at least, avoid doing bad behaviors during these 8 auspicious days. You may notice that the end of the lunar month has the highest karma credit ratio of 900 Million— huge incentive for people to donate money, so that temples can pay for the routine end of the month expenses.

Well, today is the 15th day of the lunar month with 1 million times karma credit for good (and bad) deeds. It is not too late for you to take advantage of it— use your Paypal account or credit card to donate money to charity or simply go vegetarian for the day or just chant a little bit for world peace.

You definitely don’t want to beat up your wife or cheat the old lady next door today – it will cost you 1 million bad karma points.

Ken Lai

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