Sang Incense Burners

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Sang Incense Burners

Postby Blue Garuda » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:17 am

I make quite a few incense offerings and use a variety of containers and 'burners'.

I wondered, in the case of a formal 'sang' offering, if there is any particular advice about what form of burner to use.

Some clearly get caked up with tar etc really fast and just don't work well.

I've seen one or two in the form of a gaping mouth which could be Vajradaka or the 'Face of Glory'.

Anyone's Guru given them guidance or is it just a matter of preference?

Here are a few styles I've come across:

Traditional:

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Face of Glory (Kirti Mukkha) or similar Vajradaka:

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Simple chalice - I've seen these in soapstone, stone and metal:

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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Stewart » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:39 pm

Hey BG,

Forget all the ornate stuff, it's impractical and gets tarnished so easily....For years I have used a granite mortar, they are heavy: so difficult to knock over, durable: they can take a high temperature, lots of Sang and charcoal burning and you can still lift and move it, cool to the touch. You can pick one up for about £10.

I got mine years ago in a shop, on sale as the pestle was missing! It looks the same as the day I bought it.
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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Soar » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:57 pm

Can you/anyone recommend some online shop to buy incense for sang in the uk?
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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Stewart » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:18 pm

Soar wrote:Can you/anyone recommend some online shop to buy incense for sang in the uk?


This is my friends site:

http://www.garudashop.com/Tibetan_Incen ... _s/143.htm

Blue Garuda: there's actually a really nice cast iron incense burner on this page.
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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Blue Garuda » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:05 pm

Hi.

Sorry, I must have given the wrong impression in the OP.

I use a variety of burners myself, so I wasn't looking to buy one.

I do like Garuda Trading though. :)

There is also Pink Lotus (http://www.pinklotus.co.uk/) and the site I took the images from, Dharma Jewels (http://www.dharmajewels.co.uk/home.php?cat=2)

I was asking if there was any specific guidance anyone had received from a Guru relating to what to use as a burner.

Well, aside from 'do not inhale'! LOL :)
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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Stewart » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:08 pm

Ha!

Sorry BG, only advice I have been given is to use a clean vessel that is only used for that purpose. Other than that, I don't think there are any rules as such.
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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Blue Garuda » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:18 pm

Stewart wrote:Ha!

Sorry BG, only advice I have been given is to use a clean vessel that is only used for that purpose. Other than that, I don't think there are any rules as such.



Thanks. :)

I suspect that is going to be the case.

In the case of the serkyem I improvise and use a bronze bowl and bronze vase, as serkyem from dealers seemed to be very expensive for what they were.
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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Stewart » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:37 pm

Yes, items like these can be over priced, I stocked up on these kind of things a few years a go in India. So much cheaper, even for good quality items.

People, in my experience, can get really hung up on having everything just right, but when it comes down to it, it's your motivation and effort that makes the difference. I remember Mingyur Rinpoche gave a Vajrapani Wang in his room at Sherab Ling a few years back, and he used digestive biscuits instead of Tormas.
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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Blue Garuda » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:37 pm

Stewart wrote:Yes, items like these can be over priced, I stocked up on these kind of things a few years a go in India. So much cheaper, even for good quality items.

People, in my experience, can get really hung up on having everything just right, but when it comes down to it, it's your motivation and effort that makes the difference. I remember Mingyur Rinpoche gave a Vajrapani Wang in his room at Sherab Ling a few years back, and he used digestive biscuits instead of Tormas.


Here's my improvised Serkyem. Sorry about the size. Wonder if there's a way to upload as a clickable thumbnail image:

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Re: Sang Incense Burners

Postby Stewart » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:50 pm

Looks fit for purpose to me, main thing is your doing the offering.

When I lived at Samye Ling I used to attend to Sherab Palden Beru, the master artist (who incidentaly is 103 this year), everyday I would do his offerings on his shrine bowls, Serkyem etc, it was thick with black tea residue and the 5 grains were set into the tea! many years of offerings there!

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