Great Delight in Speaking said to the Buddha, "World Honored One, we also wish to see the division bodies of the World Honored One so that we may bow to them and make offerings."
....and make offerings. This is very important. One makes offerings to the Triple Jewel--the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. One might think, why should one make offerings to the Triple Jewel? Wouldn't it be a better deal if the Triple Jewel made offerings to me? You may think it's a bargain, but you would really be getting the short end. Why, now, do you have such poor luck? It's because in the past you didn't make offerings to the Triple Jewel. Why are you always short of money--no money for some nice clothes or a decent place to live? It's because you didn't make offerings to the Triple Jewel. As a consequence, day by day your blessings grow thinner. If you make offerings to the Triple Jewel, your blessings will grow day by day. The Triple Jewel is the field of goodness and blessings for living beings. It is a place where living beings can plant blessings. There's a saying that goes:
Although a clay dragon can't bring rain,
If you want rain, you must seek it from a clay dragon.
Although the Common Sangha can't bring blessings,
If you seek blessings, you must seek them from the Common Sangha.
In China, when they need rain, they go to a Dragon King Temple and seek from the clay dragons. Usually it works! Probably you don't have this custom in the West. You may think, "It would have rained anyway!" But do you know for sure? Just how do you know it doesn't work? Your skepticism involves just as much guesswork as others' belief, you know. The ordinary members of the Sangha, that is, those who haven't certified to the fruit, can't bring blessings. However, if you are seeking blessings, you must seek them from the Common Sangha. People who have a lot of blessings in this life have gained them because in the past they made offerings to the Triple Jewel. People are poor because they did not make offerings to the Triple Jewel. I'm not so sure I believe this, you say. Okay, but next life you'll still be poor! It's your choice.