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 Post subject: Offering wine to a Lama
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:02 am 
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Hiya folks,

A lama will be in town this weekend.


I bought a bottle of wine for her. Any suggestions on how to offer it? I'm not sure what is appropriate!


Lots of love,

Rob :anjali:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:23 am 
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Greetings Rob,

Is a bottle of wine, in itself, an appropriate gift for a lama?

It doesn't seem too conducive to Right Mindfulness to me.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:34 am 
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Rob427W wrote:
Hiya folks,

Lama Chagdud Khadro will be in town this weekend.


I bought a bottle of wine for her. Any suggestions on how to offer it? I'm not sure what is appropriate!


Lots of love,

Rob :anjali:


It's not appropriate to offer wine. Nuns and monks (and some lay folk) take a vow against using intoxicants. I would offer her something else, like flowers, food, or even money.

Take care,
David


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:29 pm 
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She's not a nun.

And I have heard other cases where it is appropriate to offer wine to a Lama. I mean, it could very well be used for tsog or something of the like.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:35 pm 
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Hmm... I'm not an expert on these matters, but I think that it would be better to just do the traditional thing and offer her a kata and an envelope with some money inside.

If you're determined to give her wine, maybe you could put it in a nice gift bag to make it more discreet and just hand it to her attendant lama/student who takes the donations. When I've received blessings from important lamas, they usually have other lamas deal with the donations.


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