Chaz wrote:Yeshe wrote:If that is acceptable, why not copy and paste mantras and Buddha images into every cell of an Excel computer spreadsheet and knock off the lot in a few hours? Just like the Tibetans of medieval times, I would just be using the technology of the time to speed things up, so it must be OK.
I've wondered the same thing myself.
I could write a short program that could do what you suggest. It could write a mantra to an xls or some other file format and could do 100,000 such operations in a second or so.
For what it might lack in terms of aesthetic, it would make it up with raw, brutal efficiency.
Maybe I should build a web site and use that sort of program. A user comes in and enters the mantra they want to repeat and then inter the number of repetitons. I could charge a penny per repetition. So if someone wanted to do 100,000 repetitions of the 100-syllable mantra, I'd charge them $1000.
Not bad money for about .5 seconds of processor time, eh?
I have come across situations where one person may ask/hire another to perform practices for them.
The funniest was when I visited a Jain family. The husband was fasting so I felt a bit awkward at the prospect of dinner in the family home. Much to my surprise he sat down and tucked into the food. I asked him how this could be, and he replied:
'My wife is fasting for me'!!
Performing practices for other is a reward in itself, but perhaps not those things which rely on 'process' to train the mind.