I only see my teachers once or twice a year. But the teachings/practices they give me are more than enough to fill the space.Lucent wrote:I've only seen my teacher once in person, where he accepted me as his student...
If Getse Rinpoche is in the habit of communicating to his students by email then why don't you send him this message as an email and get answers directly from him? One recommendation: use more full stops! Make your statements short, simple and clear, because they will be translated for him, and you do not want what you are saying to be convoluted or unclear....and ever since then we've only talked a little through the occasional "Hello, how are you?" kind of message. I really hate to bother him by sending him petty messages, but he doesn't seem to mind. (Or does he? ) Either way, I've been wanting to get the chance to go see him, hoping he could teach me more...
I am 100% sure he appreciated your gift....although I've had the honor of Getse Rinpoche teaching me about taking refuge, The Three Jewels, and the 6 realms for starters.... even though it was in Tibetan and was translated, naturally XD I felt like I annoyed him greatly to be honest. My father told me to draw Guru Rinpoche and give the drawing as a gift to Getse Rinpoche, which I did. Then he asked me "You draw Thangka?" (As translated by his translator) to which I misinterpreted the question (I just realized this about 5 months afterwards HAHAHA!) and said "Oh no, this is my first time............." (also I'm EXTREMELY shy and awkward and I get nervous/panic attacks even just talking to waiters ordering a meal...... which happened when I tried to ask a question. I completely freaked out right in front of him. How pathetic....... that was not good at all, I almost started crying because I was too scared to ask a simple question. But anyway, I DID draw it off of a Thangka........ I am horrified with myself just thinking back at this. I feel like an idiot. I guess I wasn't thinking at the time since I stayed up late to finish the drawing. I'm not sure if he liked it. lol it was just average pencil drawing. In my father's word, "You draw this for Getse Rinpoche so when he goes back home he can say, 'This American girl drew this and gave it to me as a gift!'", yeah I don't know why I did it, if I had a photo of the drawing I'd show you guys but I don't. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't super good cause I'm not a pro or anything. I felt like I gave him some extra dead weight to carry around that he didn't exactly want.
Did you feel it was an auspicious and positive experience? What everybody else says is pretty irrelevant!Apparently, meeting Getse Rinpoche, and the other 2 teachers there was a pretty big deal. I had no clue (and still have no clue) what I was even doing there, I was invited but everything went by so fast people kept telling me how lucky I was, something about good karma of the past and building up a lot of merit, I understood none of it. But people kept going on about me being lucky and this and that, it made me a bit uncomfortable although it's true I've had eerily good luck my entire life so far.
Only gave you Om Mani...? It was my sole practice for about 5 years. Before that I just observed my breath for 10 years! Practicing the Om Mani... mantra has been the cause for countless people to achieve realisation. Count yourself fortunate! As for the books, check through the pile and se if there is one there on the practice your teacher gave you.My teacher has only taught me "Om mani padme hum" and I am -trying- to work on it.
He gave it to you to count the mantra he also gave you. He gave it to you so that you can practice. It is very simple to use. You start from the central bead with the tassle or strings hanging off it (it is called the guru bead, it represents the teacher) and very time you say a repitition of the mantra you move one bead towards the guru bead. You decide that you will do 3 or 5 or 7 or... cycles of mantra around the mala (each cycle is 108 repititions) and do them. It is that simple.Unfortunately, I was never taught how to use it, and I tried doing it myself from online instruction, I quit because I was uncomfortable doing it. I don't quite understand why he gave it to me to be honest, because he gave me no instruction on how to use it, we had a very limited time because everything was so busy and chaotic (more or less) people running back and forth, there was little time.
It is just fine to carry it. Keep it in the bag and take it out when you practice. I guarantee that at some point in time it will break. 100% guarantee. That is the nature of the world we live in. Everything breaks at some point in time. But don't worry. If the string breaks you can just replace it with another string. If you happen to lose any of the beads you can just replace them with other beads. It happens all the time. A mala is essentially a tool for counting mantra repititions. So use it to count your mantra repititions!I don't know where to put it though!!! I refuse to wear it (although I like to) because I'm terrified it will break. If it breaks I will cry. A lot. So I just keep it in this bag that this nice lady gave me, I think it's made of silk. I keep it in another larger bag that's hung on the wall for it to be safe. But I feel bad, is it okay to carry on me? Should I leave it there? What do I even do with it at this point?
Set up a small table (or a box with a nice cloth thrown over it) and place you statues and mala (when you are not using it) on this. If you are worried about the nudity thing, then throw a cloth over the shrine when you are not using it. Essentially though, the Buddhas are not so uptight about appearances. The Buddha himself was a naked ascetic for many years.On the topic of not knowing where to put items, my father (for whatever reason) is sending me 3 statues that I view as "holy objects" because it is a representation you know? The thing is I'm living in a tiny trailer home that doesn't even belong to me, I have no place to put it but I can't refuse these objects or I'll cause some serious anger from my dad. I just got a job literally about a week ago (after working volunteer for months) and I'm not making a lot of money at all, just a little above minimum wage. Where do I put it? I don't want to put it in the bedroom because my fiance likes to walk around naked even through the entire HOUSE. It's a habit I can't break him of, plus he likes to do some uhm things that aren't appropriate and I don't want to disrespect these statues in any way, but I have no place to put them quite literally, I have a cat that jumps on shelves and she might knock them down, etc etc. What can I do?! Would a closed cabinet in the living room work? This is stressful for no reason. I was told to treat these objects including my mala with a lot of care and I'm not sure if I'm capable of doing so.
No, you are not too young.This is just a lot to take in for me, I'm 19 years old, am I too young to even be trying to get in on this??
Innocent? I believe he was talking in regards to your spiritual capacity. You do not have a head full of ideas of how things are or should be when it comes to Buddhism whereas all the others at the retreat do.Back on the mountains, the same day my teacher accepted me, some people asked him (there was about I think 40? people there) "Why did you accept her as your student, but not anyone else?" (he apparently has 2 students, me and another person) to which he replied "Because she is like a clear crystal." Naturally this just flew right over my head, it bothers me that I have no clue what he meant to be honest but I shouldn't complain. Funny thing though, afterwards the lady laughed and said "So I guess we're tainted?" To be honest it made me feel really bad........ I'm not exactly innocent you know?
You could just wear it and if it breaks... (like I said above)-Where do I put my mala? How do I take care of it? What do I do with it?? It's lonely. I hold it every once in a while because I think it gets cold. Should I just leave it alone?
Your teacher gave you the Om Mani... mantra so (obviously) this is what he wants you to practice.-At the point I'm at now, what should I do for practice?
Yes and no. You just have to relax. It is that simple.-Is it normal to be this confused?
It is a great story! I love it too! Full of humor and love. What better?Ah, random but I mentioned Tilopa to my teacher where he seemed to get excited and said "Yes, that's a good one, read it!" ..................................but uh............... I don't have that book. I fail so miserably as a student. I told him, and he said "Oh I see, that's okay", but no, I think that I should drop everything to read it now. Does that sound like a good idea? I think I might buy it as soon as my paycheck comes in. This is probably bad for me to say but the story of Tilopa and Naropa is absolutely adorable to me!!! They're both so cute, honestly, sometimes I giggle when I think about it and I feel like I'm being disrespectful which I don't mean to be, I just think almost everything is cute :/ It's a curse of mine I think. But how can you not love that story? Or the both of them?
Drop the guilt (it helps nobody) and just go with your heart. You can't go wrong.Sometimes I swear my teacher only accepted me because he felt sorry for me. I feel bad that he has to put up with me honestly........... My guilty conscious sometimes prevents me from even wanting to message him because he's busy and I don't say anything important, which makes it worse because then I'll feel really bad afterwards for "ignoring" my teacher which wasn't exactly my intention. I'm so indecisive......
Personally, I liked your avatar.Lucent wrote:First off, sorry if my avatar offended anyone I just thought it was one of the cutest things I've ever seen LOL I took it off if that helps. I didn't mean to make you guys uncomfortable >_<
You can find altar cloths but they tend to be pricey. I just use nice scarves or pieces of material that I like the colour/look of.Uhm, I forgot to ask, putting these 3 statues in an area, do I need to get anything else or just a cloth? Does it have to be specific? My mom had told me something about getting a cloth and I wasn't sure exactly what she was asking from me. Time to google.
gregkavarnos wrote:See here about what to do with the bowls:
Yes, it is fine (good actually) to put the books on the shelves too. Actually the books should go on the highest part of the altar (if possible), if it is not possible then put them on the lower levels, just be careful not to spill water on them!
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