Dharma Wheel

A Buddhist discussion forum on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism
It is currently Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:45 am

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Forum rules


Please click here to view the forum rules



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:11 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:04 pm
Posts: 5773
I recently became responsible for a small sangha in Washington, DC. We have a lot of needs and thin resources. One of our needs is an image to put on the altar we don't have yet. Specifically, I'm trying hard to track down a Saraswati statue intended for sangha use. I'm not particular if it's a Japanese (Benzaiten) or Tibetan-Himalayan (Loter Yangchenma) one, so long as it inspires.

Saraswati is particularly appropriate to bring peace and beauty to the middle of a place that is not infrequently home to such bullet-headed and aggressive mindspace, no?

Can anyone please direct me in the right direction?

many thanks,
Jikan

_________________
Need help getting on retreat? Want to support others in practice? Pay the Dana for Dharma forum a visit...

viewtopic.php?f=114&t=13727


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:42 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:59 am
Posts: 3043
http://twentyonetaras.tripod.com/loter_yangchenma.htm

http://www.skydancerpress.com/index.php ... &Itemid=37

http://www.google.be/images?hl=nl&rlz=1 ... a=N&tab=wi


Wonderful! Even not sure to understand your request. :smile:

Maybe one example: Wherever you put an altar one does it with naturally respect and so in a clean place. As it represent the purity of body speech mind is it very easy to do so.

A table is okay but you should be lower than Tara. She must be higher than your head when you sit down in front.

If you have no shrine room, it can be placed in another room. Only always with respect and not at the end of your bed, put it on the head.

Keep the table only for your altar and Mickey Mouse need not at the same table. That one can nicely in the bed.

Small fresh (daily) water pots (seven) and offered candles, flowers, incense, food must be kept fresh and clean as well.

Loter Yangchenma: *Om Tare Tuttare Ture Prajna Hrim Hrim Svaha*.

*Om Ah Hung* Prostration.

_________________
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG_lNuNUVd4


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:45 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:04 pm
Posts: 5773
Thanks muni.

What I really need to find is someone who has such a statue and would be willing to share it, or knows how to make one and would be willing to do so for a small donation, &c. Our group isn't quite a charity case... yet. And I'm trying to contrive a positive karmic relationship between our humble group and a slice the Buddhist world at large in this way.

_________________
Need help getting on retreat? Want to support others in practice? Pay the Dana for Dharma forum a visit...

viewtopic.php?f=114&t=13727


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:17 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:59 am
Posts: 3043
http://www.khandro.net/deities_female_Saraswati.htm

I understand. Meanwhile you have not yet a statue, a humble action: a beautiful drawing/painting.

Many people have no statues and use simple postcards on the home altar.

ebay?

_________________
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG_lNuNUVd4


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:55 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:04 pm
Posts: 5773
Thanks for trying to help, muni.

_________________
Need help getting on retreat? Want to support others in practice? Pay the Dana for Dharma forum a visit...

viewtopic.php?f=114&t=13727


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:00 pm 
Offline
Former staff member
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:29 pm
Posts: 4612
Location: Baltimore, MD
Here is a Saraswati statue at Tibetan Treasures.

Kirt

_________________
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 17 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group