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Cultural baggage

(To whom it may concern:) So you took this ancient Buddhist tradition, and made it accessible by stripping out the cultural baggage, throwing away the encrustation of mystical, oriental trappings. Well done! And now you present to us its pure and beating heart, its true essence, free from those trappings, beating in the middle of …

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New Lhakhang

Once upon a time, centuries ago, it was an animal pen. It has also been a cellar, and more recently a bedroom. Now it is a lhakhang. A close translation for this would be “god-house”, so possible English equivalents would be shrine room, chapel or oratory. In any event, it’s the place where you have …

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Rumtek Monastery

Karmapa now allowed to visit Sikkim

HH Karmapa XVII is now at last going to be able to visit Sikkim, though not Rumtek. The problem will not be over until he is allowed to go there, but if he can at least see his followers in Sikkim a lot of people will be very happy. Read about it here, though they …

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Jamgon Kongtrul

Disease is karmic – or not?

I’ve touched on this before, but just came across Jamgon Kongtrul’s list of four main types of disease: Imaginary, like demonic posession Suddenly occurring diseases (no long run-up) Serious diseases that shorten life Diseases dependent on past actions Once again, karma is seen as one possible cause of disease, but there are plenty of other …

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Happy Losar 2018

Happy Losar

Happy Losar (new year) of the Earth Dog, Feb 16 2018, to everyone near and far. (That’s in the three times and the ten directions, so to speak.) I’m late with this! I just didn’t get time yesterday – sorry. But I did get round to tidying up the shrine. I’ve been polishing up some …

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