Is consulting bamboo slips a Buddhist activity? Why do devotees keep doing it at the temple?


Consulting bamboo slips is not a Buddhism-oriented activity. Devotees

who keep doing it at the temple are either followers of a much practiced

custom or outright curiosity-driven. Called qiu-qian in Chinese transliteration,

consulting bamboo slips is just another worldly act that,

however, continues to stick around. No mention or record of it is found

in the Tripitaka. As well, messages requested from the bamboo slips

and subsequent interpretations are all separately composed and wholly

unrelated to the Buddhist practice.