proper ways to dispose of Buddhist objects?

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proper ways to dispose of Buddhist objects?

Postby Luke » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:31 pm

Hello,

So I am continuing my process of disengagement from Tibetan Buddhism. I finally wrote an email to my lama, and he was sad that I no longer want to be part of his sangha, but he didn't try to talk me into staying either. In addition to being a lama, he is quite a gentleman and is very understanding.

Anyway, I would like to dispose of some of the objects I have accumulated during my time practicing Vajrayana, but I want to do this in the proper and respectful way. The nicer things, such as thangkas and puja texts, I will give away to Vajrayana practioners whom I know.

But would you please tell me how to dispose of these objects? Is burning them the proper thing to do?
-katas
-cords of protection which I received from lamas at empowerments
-brochures with pictures of great lamas on them
-malas

Although let me state again that I am not against Vajrayana as a religion. I am just going through a big turning point in my life and I feel that other Buddhist traditions will be better for me. I have met many amazing and kind people during the years which I practiced Vajrayana, and I wish deeply that H.H. the Dalai Lama will one day be able to return to a free Tibet.

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Re: proper ways to dispose of Buddhist objects?

Postby Konchog1 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:37 pm

Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: proper ways to dispose of Buddhist objects?

Postby Konchog1 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:58 pm

Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

-Ra Lotsawa, All-pervading Melodious Drumbeats

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Re: proper ways to dispose of Buddhist objects?

Postby Jainarayan » Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:47 pm

Why not just carefully, respectfully and lovingly pack them away? One never knows what the future can hold. Barring that I can only relate that In Hinduism broken or discarded items are brought to a flowing body of water such a a river, and submerged. Unfortunately it raises a problem with possibly toxic paints, resins and plaster used to make the items, but wood, metal, fabrics and paper are no environmental hazard. I don't know if that's acceptable in Buddhism, but I too am curious if the time ever comes that I have to dispose of a damaged object.
Worthy, wise and virtuous: Who is energetic and not indolent, in misfortune unshaken,
flawless in manner and intelligent, such one will honor gain. - Digha Nikaya III 273

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Re: proper ways to dispose of Buddhist objects?

Postby maybay » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:37 am

Why don't you ask the other Buddhist traditions. The only exit strategy in Tantra is through the crown.
People will know nothing and everything
Remember nothing and everything
Think nothing and everything
Do nothing and everything
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