Divination- Sky shadow/light person

Divination- Sky shadow/light person

Postby montana » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:14 am

Do any of you know of a Buddhist divination method that uses sky images?

Okay, so by sky images/people I mean this:
You stare at your shadow in the morning while reciting mantra for one mala, then look into the sky and see the outline of your shadow in lights and then depending on that outline divine various things.

If you know of this being done, what's it called?

Just curious, Thanks!
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Re: Divination- Sky shadow/light person

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:22 am

It's called an optical illusion.
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Re: Divination- Sky shadow/light person

Postby ClearblueSky » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:09 am

Yeah, afterimage illusion as they call it. But no, I haven't heard of that specifically. But it sounds not that different from mirror divination, in the sense that it's based on what you see, so I could see it being a possibility maybe.
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Re: Divination- Sky shadow/light person

Postby Paul » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:07 am

I do remember a technique of divining how and when a person might die by looking at their shadow. I think this was in a book by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
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Re: Divination- Sky shadow/light person

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:05 pm

Paul wrote:I do remember a technique of divining how and when a person might die by looking at their shadow. I think this was in a book by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche.
It is part of the practices outlined in the Tibetan Book of the Dead Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition translated by Gyurme Dorje.
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