Charnel grounds: what do they look like?

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Charnel grounds: what do they look like?

Postby Luke » Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:57 pm

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?

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Re: Charnel grounds: what do they look like?

Postby justsit » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:00 pm

Google "Tibetan Sky Burial."
Warning: graphic

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