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!
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.
I performed the chöd “concise feast” in the dark, lower levels of a newly-bought house in Pontremoli, dating back a large but unknown number of centuries. Not known to be haunted, but the new owners do seem to like that the practice was done there!
The practice of chöd is not really an exorcism. Rather is it an acknowledgement of the karmic debts we owe to uncountable sentient beings who have cared for, worked for and died for us since beginningless time. We call them to the feast, where we offer ourselves to them. In that way they are satisfied and pacified.
The understanding is that “external” demons only get their power from our internal demons – willful stupidity, hatred, grasping, egotistical pride and jealousy. The demons dissolve as we recognize that inner and outer are two sides of the same magical show. Hence its occasional use as an exorcism.