Thursday, February 26, 2009
Phra Kring (药师佛), Roon Raek (1st batch), Nur Kalai Thong, Wat Arun (B.E.2547)
There have been many different beliefs about the Phra Kring amulet and why it was created. Historically it is believed that it was created for the purpose of making merit.
Firstly that the Kring is a symbol of the Buddha’s condition whose qualification is Anathi, non-self does not appear at the beginning nor at the end, so it turns to be a round seed. Secondly, the common belief that hearing the ring from the Phra Kring amulet can bring good luck ,good fortune and healthy, possibly the very reason for its unique design. The degree of good luck would depend on the number of times that the Kring was shaken.
Essentially the Phra Kring amulet and the round seed contained inside differentiated it from other amulets in that they were specifically designed to bring about mindfulness to creators and possessors, to make them think of the gratitude of the Buddha, the Buddha’s kindness including the ultimate truth that is the highest level of Buddhism. Another objective is to make them think of a number of important characteristics of the Buddha, impermanence, suffering, and non-self. The round seed inside the amulet emphasizes “non-self” as mentioned above.