I came across this delightful short video of mandala offerings being made. I hope it’s visible to those of you not on facebook.
(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 a fresh, clean, white plate. How kind!
You what? It stopped beating? Do what?
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 all say much the same:
The Statesman: https://www.thestatesman.com/cities/mla … 14179.html
Tribune India: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himach … 66296.html
The Northeast Today: https://thenortheasttoday.com/india-fin … ot-rumtek/
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 reasons for getting sick.
(See Jamgon Kongtrul’s “Treasury of Knowledge”, Book 6 Parts 1 & 2, p. 328
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 of the metalwork for the last week or two. And seeing as how new year has a “new start” feel about it, I did also manage to get round to some extra refuge and bodhisattva vow practice. So not all was lost!
Best wishes and hopes to everyone. Let’s have a good year!
I came across this astonishing shot. Perhaps taken from a drone? I don’t know. The picture has been shared around, so I don’t know who may own it. (Contact me if you think it’s you!)
With all the talk, revelations and realizations about those teachers and lamas of Tibetan Buddhism who are corrupt and abusive, it’s good to remember from time to time that – even though they are depressingly common – the bad ones are far from the whole of the tradition. So here’s a link about someone working for others in obscurity.