Sonrisa wrote:Are prostration styles exclusively particular among certain schools?
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.
lisehull wrote:I was at an empowerment this weekend and was rather startled when the sangha (I am a member of another center) leapt up and did vigorous prostrations when the lama entered the shrine room. The day of the empowerment they did NOT do this, just the day of the teachings.
Can anyone explain this disparity and why they seemed so frenetic about it?
lisehull wrote:I think the thing that bothered me was the frantic nature of the group, as if it was more about worship than prostrating to the Buddha.
However, I will give some thought to that suggestion.
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