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.