-cords of protection which I received from lamas at empowerments
I'd give away these.
That's a good intention, for sure.
And isn't it generally recommended though that we don't use ritual items that others have used before?
I mean if a High Lama had made use of ritual Dharma items before and we happen to end up with them, then us using them would of course be a blessing.
And if ritual items were used by other 'ordinary' practitioners before, then maybe we don't know what kind of "energies" those items might be imbibed with...; so probably better to not use 'hand-me-down' ritual items.
This being the case, I was doing a little research on this and it seems that it is okay for one to bury Dharma items in a clean place, or to put them in the bottom of a clean, deep stream or river (i.e. not
stagnant water). I wonder where one could find a stream or river that is both clean AND deep (deep, so that no one is likely to find the sunken Dharma items)? Not very likely nowadays I'd think.
Perhaps it is possible for one to totally and completely re-consecrate Dharma items that have been used by other 'ordinary' practitioners before; or perhaps have a High Lama re-consecrate them for us so that we can be sure that our 'hand-me-down' ritual items are good for our own practice.