The Buddha said:
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.


What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

India, Day 11 - Oracle and Kusha grass

January 8th: Oracle and Kusha grass

Tuesday 8th. Preliminaries for thirteen deities. Bodhicitta vows. Went to speak with Geshela. Talking about bodhicitta as main mind and how to meditate on emptiness. [Alan's diary]

On January 8th I woke up very early and decided to go to the new prayer hall. Although it hadn't been announced, some sort of ceremony was taking place, and I got to be blessed by the Nechung oracle, who gave me a red cloth to put around the neck and blessed grains of wheat for protection whilst still in trance, possessed by Nechung spirit.

I got real close to him, our faces 16 inches apart, and couldn't resist the temptation of looking straight at him despite being told not to and feeling the pressure of the hands of the monks around him trying to keep my head down. From my group, only three got to witness this. According to tradition, that meant my obstacles had been cleansed, and that I had a karmic link with the oracle. 

Still shaken, I walked back to went to Gyakham Khangtsen and then decided to walk to Nechung's Monastery, Drepung Dayang Monastery, only a few steps away, to meditate for a while. 

Kusha Grass and Dreams

Later that afternoon, the Dalai Lama led the preparation ceremony for the Bodhicitta vows and the tantric initiation. We were all given kusha grass and told to place it under the pillow as we slept, and examine our dreams that night, as they would be full of meaning.   

Continues here.

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