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]
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.