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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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It's called an optical illusion.
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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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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.
"Do not block your six senses; delight in them with joy and ease.
All that you take pleasure in will strengthen the awakened state.
With such a confidence, empowered by the regal state of natural mind,
The training now is simply this: lets your six senses be at ease and free." - Princess Parani
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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.
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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