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What is holding/carrying the tempo of song's?
In Ask Khandro-la
Dakinis Whisper
Jun 11, 2022
Thanks for asking. The Dakini is an expression of your own awakened energy that manifests in various forms and various voices. She points out emptiness sincere practitioners through various means. In this case, your damaru is a tool for Dakini messengers to guide you to the realization of your innate purity and perfection. Traditionally the tempo of the practice is determined by a chanting leader if you are practicing in a group. Of course, if you are practicing solo, it’s more flexible. Let's consider the reasons for playing the damaru slowly and elegantly in the Ganden Ensa Ear-Whispered tradition. One important reason is rather pragmatic – a slow tempo facilitates our meditation and chanting of traditionally nuanced melodies accurately. The unique and subtle melodies of our lineage require a bit more time to sing accurately. But if you can do all these in a faster tempo, I don’t think our Dakinis will complain! Another reason is one of the uniqueness of this lineage – the chanting and melodies have a lower tone and slower tempo with hidden and even spooky character, mood or ambiance - in comparison to other Cho traditions. This tradition is the lineage of hidden CHOPAs, with the primary purpose of realization, not for exhibiting or performing for the public. Just learn the melodies and the damaru patterns well, and then synchronize them with your meditation and heart-mind. Choose one damaru that fits to play this particular Cho, Ganden Cho, and save smaller damarus for other Cho practices like the one in the Dakini Ear-Whispered Lineage. Here's my teacher playing the Ganden Cho. May all be inspired!
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Shona celebrating our teacher.
In 21st Century Experiences
Honoring our precious teacher's birth day
In 21st Century Experiences
Palden Lhamo Statue
In 21st Century Experiences
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In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
Dakinis Whisper
May 11, 2022
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No Tantric Future?
In Ask Khandro-la
Dakinis Whisper
May 10, 2022
The tradition states that we live in the era where Shakyamuni Buddha appeared and taught both sutra and tantra. It is the age of strife, discord and challenges that includes moral chaos, unrest, famine, war and natural disasters proliferating, and a time when people are no longer capable of following the teachings. This is the so-called “Degenerate Age” where we currently exist, and we are increasingly experiencing the escalation of these symptoms. At the same time, it is the age of fortune where we can meet powerful teachings like tantra. The more difficult the situation is and the more delusions we have, the greater the potential is for awakening even in this lifetime. However, this fortune won’t last long. The tradition prophesies that this teaching of Shakyamuni will be completely forgotten and disappear in the future. At that time, Maitreya, the future Buddha, presently residing in the Tushita Heaven, will descend to earth and teach new dharma but not tantra. He will also emerge as a benevolent ruler over humanity, ushering in an era of peace and prosperity. Existing accounts suggest that the era of the "Future Buddha" would be characterized by the end of death, warfare, famine, and disease, "the fulfillment of Buddha's dharma," and "the establishment of universal peace and concord." In this future era of Maitreya, everyone will be loving towards one another, and there will not even be the word “Tantra” heard. There will not be any Tantric teachings - no Heruka or Vajrayogini teachings. However, our consciousness or mind-stream is timeless and will continue. Even if we are awakened, we exist everywhere and nowhere as formless Dharmakaya. So, the answer to your question of “Does that then mean I've only existed in degenerate times?” is YES and NO. I think that it would be more beneficial to acknowledge our current fortune and give our best to utilize this precious human life in this lifetime than to think about what’s going to happen in the future. In Tibetan tradition, there is a saying – If you want to know about yourself in the past, look at yourself in the present. And, if you want to know the future, look at your actions in the present. It’s because what we do in this lifetime (karmic cause) will determine what we will experience in the future (effect). Just in case you feel sad about this story, I'd say that you'll never lose Vajrayogini if you have made connection and practiced her!!! She is beyond time and space. She will be eternally in you.
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This Little Light of Mine
In 21st Century Experiences
Dakinis Whisper
May 05, 2022
Beautiful!
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There I was ...
In Meeting the Dakini!
The perfect Damaru?
In Ask Khandro-la
Dakinis Whisper
Apr 18, 2022
I appreciate your questions which come from your sincere intention and curiosity. As you know, the answers to such questions as yours were rarely written down, and thus transmitted only in an ear-whispered manner. First, as you indicated in your post, there is no self-existing “perfect” Damaru out there ultimately. The perfect Damaru is only the Damaru that brings you to the realization of emptiness and great compassion. That is the definition of a “perfect” tantric implement. Do you agree? So, all your questions become KOANs for you to awaken into. Having said that, on a relative level I can share the view of our ear-whispered lineage. In general, our Damaru should be as modest as possible by not adding any bells and whistles which may be done in other traditions. Also, we don’t use a single banner with decoration that is usually sold at a Dharma store. The banner simply consists of five ribbons of five color fabrics with a different color on each, representing the Five Dakinis. We take a minimalist approach and it reflects our simple and single-pointed motivation of bodhicitta, not mixing any worldly concerns. The tradition even said that the size is small enough to fit into your begging bowl so that nobody notices you are a Cho practitioner. Of course, since such a small Damaru is not so practical, it should be reasonably bigger than an actual begging bowl. In other words, our ear-whispered tradition carries a strong flavor of modesty, humility and secrecy when it comes to tantric practice. Non-attachment to tantric implements is also emphasized in our tradition. We create and develop our relationship with our samaya (commitment) implement once we have made a connection with it. Here is one anecdote. Once my Damaru’s skin got so loosened and wobbly and started to produce a not so clear sound. Then, I brought it to my teacher and Rinpoche said, "don’t worry about it. It’s better not to change the skin, keep the blessing in what it is." I feel the perfect implement is the one that assists us on this path, not how it looks externally or even sounds conventionally. When the time comes, a perfect implement will show up to us even without trying to create one. I know this answer may not satisfy the thirst of your curiosity but that’s the view of our wandering yogis and yogis’ tradition that I gratefully follow. Your Damarus are gorgeous. Develop a deep relationship with her to help you in your practice.
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