Kai Guang Amulets
The Kai Guang Amulets, or any consecrated object, are described as “Kai Guang.” Literally meaning “opening of light”, this Chinese term indicates that a religious official has performed a ritual requesting a certain deity to occupy the object. The term is used in several religious traditions throughout Asia, including Buddhism and Taoism.
A kai guang amulet is a piece of jewelry with religious or spiritual significance in the Taoist or Buddhist folk religion of China. The religion can be called Pure Land Buddhism or Folk Taoism.
A ritual called kai guang, or opening the light, is performed on the amulet or some feng shui accessory. This ritual is the same as, or similar to, the ritual used to consecrate the statue of a deity in a Taoist or Buddhist temple. Once this is done, the belief is that the energy of that deity resides in the amulet or feng shui accessory, and the amulet will bring the kind of good fortune appropriate to the divine being.
For example, if an amulet is infused with the spirit of Kwan Yin, the Bodhisattva (awakening being) of compassion, then it is intended to bring comfort and peace. Therefore, the Kai Guang ceremony will enhance the energy of the amulet or feng shui accessary.
In China, the kai guang certificate is the official evidence to certify that the amulet has been blessed in the Kai Guang ceremony.