The Ksitigarbha staff is a revered Buddhist icon, also known as the ‘Khakhara’. It is a ringed staff held by the highly respected Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha (Di Zang Wang Pusa) famous for his vow "If I do not go to the hell to help the suffering beings there, who else will go?” Also named the Bodhisattva of Hell, he takes upon himself the difficult task of bringing comfort and relief to the suffering beings of hell and declares to not attain Buddhahood until “all the Hells are empty”. However, his vow actually encompasses all sentient beings.
The rings attached the staff stand for peace, harmony, equality to all and respect. The Ksitigarbha staff is often displayed in Buddhist temples as a symbol of goodwill and compassion. Its use is reserved for monks of high status who rely on the sound of the jingling rings, while walking, to alert small creatures to move out of the way so they are not inadvertently crushed by their feet, hence it is also named “the alarm-staff”.
To display the staff is to show a firm commitment to living a life of merit and by doing so, it is believed to invoke the protection of the most powerful of the Bodhisattvas.
In Feng shui, a Ksitigarbha’s Staff is a very powerful cure used to weaken the #3 Wood Star as we know Metal cuts through Wood according to the Five Element destruction cycle. Place it in the sector afflicted by this hostile star that brings disagreements, fights, disputes and trouble with the law. This is said to soothe and prevent arguments, negative energies, hostile actions and attitudes as well as to promote the six perfections in a person’s life.