Smudging with Incense.



In this article, I am going to talk about smudging – the traditional smudging for cleansing and purifying.

My practice – I walk around the house with the burning a type of incense called Kemenyan in a clockwise direction, stopping at every corner and chant the six syllabus mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum three times. To keep negative Yin energy to the minimum, at times I also burn Kemenyan in my toilets, kitchen, and storeroom. The Westerners are fond of using sage as incense.


Kemenyan is a type of benzoin resin or styrax resin, which is a balsamic resin obtained from the bark of several species of trees in the genus Styrax. These kemenyan incense cups are suitable as offerings to appease local spirits, mountain spirits, and landlords of buildings. Therefore, they are best being burnt in the exterior such as the garden, the back, the side, and the front of your house to bring protection and remove blockages.


The aromatic smell from kemenyan will instantly turn your premises or garden into a cheerful and happy sanctuary. This is a must especially if your house or your neighbors’ are doing renovation with a lot of banging, which usually brings health and financial problems. Or when the occupants of the house suddenly suffer from emotional havoc, illnesses, mishap, and accidents, you can burn them in the evening hours (after 5pm) around the exterior of your house, 1-2 pieces at each sector.


When one feels that your sales and business are slow, you can burn these kemenyan cups at the exterior of your shop lot. Note: The kemenyan incense is not suitable as “yang” offerings to Buddhas and Deities of a higher realm. The kemenyan is more suitable to share your kindness and appease the beings from the “yin world”, which is a common practice among the Buddhists, Taoists, and Hindus.


These incense cups can burn in empty flower pots or in any pottery. Incense can be used to appease roaming spirits. Place this sweet-smelling incense on your incense burner and walk clockwise around each room and outside your home chanting the following mantra: “Namah sarva tathagatha avalokite om sambhara sambhara hung, “


After completing the walk-about your home, dedicate all the incense smells to the spiritual protectors, landlords, wandering spirits, and ancestral ghosts around you and request that they look after you instead of harm you.



Anthony Leong

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