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Re: Lungta

Postby Kunzang » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:13 am

A while back I took down some prayer flags hanging on the edge of my patio roof when I had to paint.

Is it okay to rehang them? They're still fairly new and not yet faded.

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Re: Lungta

Postby Tsultrim T. » Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:18 pm

Malcolm wrote:
In our system, you use an evergreen branch and with it sprinkle water on the flags to purify them.


Basic purification with the water: Ram, Yam, Kham, Om, Ah, Hung while sprinkling the water is pretty common.

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Re: Lungta

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:35 pm

Kunzang wrote:A while back I took down some prayer flags hanging on the edge of my patio roof when I had to paint.

Is it okay to rehang them? They're still fairly new and not yet faded.
Probably best to burn them, but I can't see any "real" problem with rehanging them.
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Re: Lungta

Postby rai » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:48 pm

hi

does it make sense to commission someone to hang the Lungta flags for us? would there be any power in that or it should rather be done personally? thank you.
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Re: Lungta

Postby Adamantine » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:10 pm

It is fine to commission someone to hang flags for you: it is important they are consecrated by a qualified Lama with mantra, sometimes done during a sang ceremony, first however. Without consecration, it is believed the flags won't be potent. Ideally, if you commission someone they will also know some prayers to say on your behalf at the time the flags are raised and dedicate for your benefit specifically, (along with all sentient beings generally, of course.)

It is also the best to have them hung in sacred places where Buddhist saints have walked before.

And it is important to avoid hanging them on days that are astrologically determined to be bad days to hang flags: hanging them on these days can create obstacles rather than raise lungta. You can find out the contraindicated days through the Rigpa calendar or other Tibetan astrological calendars.

And lastly, it is important to hang them in the morning, when the sun is still rising in the sky, prior to the noon zenith.
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Re: Lungta

Postby Adamantine » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:18 pm

Adamantine wrote:It is fine to commission someone to hang flags for you: it is important they are consecrated by a qualified Lama with mantra, sometimes done during a sang ceremony, first however. Without consecration, it is believed the flags won't be potent. Ideally, if you commission someone they will also know some prayers to say on your behalf at the time the flags are raised and dedicate for your benefit specifically, (along with all sentient beings generally, of course.)

It is also the best to have them hung in sacred places where Buddhist saints have walked before.

And it is important to avoid hanging them on days that are astrologically determined to be bad days to hang flags: hanging them on these days can create obstacles rather than raise lungta. You can find out the contraindicated days through the Rigpa calendar or other Tibetan astrological calendars.

And lastly, it is important to hang them in the morning, when the sun is still rising in the sky, prior to the noon zenith.



ONE last thing: it is most ideal to use pure cotton flags: although the common nylon ones made these days may last longer, and are cheaper to make and thus buy, they are toxic to the environment and so will have the mixed result of aggravating local spirits, protectors, and so on, specifically at the time of disposing of them properly -- since flags must be burned once they've deteriorated to dispose of them respectfully, and burning the nylon gives off terribly toxic and noxious smoke and fumes.
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Re: Lungta

Postby rai » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:02 pm

thank you :)
Disdaining the lower and unable to grasp the higher,
talking of emptiness, such a person will neglect cause and effect,
mouthing on about the view while in a state of self-deception.
It would be better to concentrate on the gradual path.

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Re: Lungta

Postby Vasana » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:07 pm

I've heard it's customary to hang as many sets of lungta as your age - if this amount would be more than you can afford, what would a suitable number in relation to your age or is it arbitrary?
Would putting up any less than your age be inauspicious?
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Re: Lungta

Postby Malcolm » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:17 pm

Adamantine wrote:It is fine to commission someone to hang flags for you: it is important they are consecrated by a qualified Lama with mantra, sometimes done during a sang ceremony, first however.


No, you can consecrate them yourself. But if you think some lamas blessing is more potent, go for it.
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Re: Lungta

Postby Adamantine » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:07 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Adamantine wrote:It is fine to commission someone to hang flags for you: it is important they are consecrated by a qualified Lama with mantra, sometimes done during a sang ceremony, first however.


No, you can consecrate them yourself. But if you think some lamas blessing is more potent, go for it.


Yes, of course. I just was assuming many reading this here might not have the knowledge or confidence to do so.
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Re: Lungta

Postby Adamantine » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:34 am

Adamantine wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Adamantine wrote:It is fine to commission someone to hang flags for you: it is important they are consecrated by a qualified Lama with mantra, sometimes done during a sang ceremony, first however.


No, you can consecrate them yourself. But if you think some lamas blessing is more potent, go for it.


Yes, of course. I just was assuming many reading this here might not have the knowledge or confidence to do so.


Oh, I remember now- the above reply is partly true- but also I was answering the inquiry about if it was possible to commission others
to hang flags for oneself-- I assumed this indicated doing so in a place not easily accessible
such as a pilgrimage place where it is considered more potent to hang flags - as I have personally commissioned flags to be raised many times in such places in Nepal on my behalf when I've been unable to travel there. As it would be hard for someone to consecrate flags themselves if they couldn't be there in person, it'd be better to make sure someone with the correct knowledge (a lama ideally) could do so for one.
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