Posts

Showing posts from January, 2013

Tibetan 'Losar'

Image
Let me give you an idea of what it means to celebrate Tibetan New Year - 'Losar'. First of all if you live with a Tibetan family you should know that the first day of the Losar celebrations, you are not allowed to go outside to meet friends at their homes. For this you will have to wait for the second day of Losar. But then it gets interesting. The second Losar day you must go and meet your friends. The visit usually begins by being served boiled 'chang' (local alcohol) in which they put something!!! Together with the 'chang' you will enjoy sweet rice with dry fruits. Then follows lunch: Here in Nepal this may well be local or Indian food according to where your hosts grew up. About the lunch is nothing very particular, except the quantity. You eat and eat and eat. When you feel full they will ask you to open your mouth and if they see some empty space they will serve you again more food. It looks like they don’t really appreciate emptiness - or maybe they truly…

Fresh Wind of Motivation

Image

Steps for making Water Bowl Offering

Image
During the eleventh century, the great Indian master Atisha introduced the water bowl offering to Tibet. Thereafter this tradition spread widely in the Buddhist families.  
The most important thing while offering anything is the motivation of the doer. Your motivation shouldn’t be selfish. Instead you should do it joyfully regarding all beings.
A person should have seven bowls to do this offering. It is considered that these seven bowls signify the ‘seven limbed practice’, for purifying negative tendencies and accumulating merit.  Begin your offering early in the morning by freshening up yourself. It is necessary to offer to the Buddha’s before offering to yourself. As you are making offering for the Buddha’s hence it is good if you wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose in that way our defiled breath won’t make the offering impure.
Then fill the first bowl with water and use water to fill the rest of the bowls by placing them to form a straight line from your left hand side to the rig…