Luke wrote:I have read many books which mentioned Indian or Tibetan Buddhist masters who were "charnel ground yogis" who lived and practiced in their local charnel grounds in India or Tibet.
Could anyone describe to me what these ancient charnel grounds would have looked like? I have a hard time visualizing what they would have been like. My Western mind wants to think of a yogi sitting on a tombstone, but I know that's totally wrong.
Would they have just been flat, sandy, bad-smelling places with human ashes, bone fragments, and body parts which were partially eaten by vultures lying on the ground?
Some people cannot pay for sky offering and leave the body behind on a ground for corps. One most known charnel ground is near by Sera monastery. Vultures are coming on those grounds. Practices like Chod in the middle of the night to see all imaginations are mind only.
Near prisons are grounds as well. Also corps are offered to rivers, special animal corps like dogs. In India corps of spiritual people are offered to the Ganges.
To give the temporary body to the peaceful vultures (ritual) or cremations ask paying.
“Sentient beings, self and others, enemies and dear ones—all are made by thoughts. It is like seeing a rope and mistaking it for a snake. When we think that the rope is a snake, we are scared, but once we see that we are looking at a rope, our fear dissipates. We have been deluded by our thoughts. Likewise, mentally fabricating self and others, we generate attachment and aversion.” ~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche