lisehull wrote:From what I have been told, the sangha in attendance at the center I visited on the weekend did their prostrations for their lama as a measure of respect, and not for any other ceremonial reason.
This is interesting to me because the lamas at the center where I am a member prefer not to have prostrations done to them. Apparently, they believe the prostrations are best done to the Buddha and perhaps other dignitaries. They are both Americans and not Asian, which evidently plays a role in this decision.
situations and conditions may arise where it is correct to do so, other times not. often the lama has spent sometime prior to the blessing to open mandala and invite the yidam, buddhas prepare the ground, space and time etc, if this is done in small setting then offerings of mandalas, prostrations, pujas offerings, sang or serkyem and so forth would make great sense, however in large groups this is just not workable.
empowerments can be sublime, simple, very simple, complex and very elborate.