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White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Clarence » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:21 am

Does anyone know if this is okay or better not? I can't find Riwo Sangchod incense here to save my life and I am running out of my juniper stack which I brought from India last year. I found some White Sage in a store in town. Can I use that?
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby alpha » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:47 am

Clarence wrote:Does anyone know if this is okay or better not? I can't find Riwo Sangchod incense here to save my life and I am running out of my juniper stack which I brought from India last year. I found some White Sage in a store in town. Can I use that?


Yes you can use sage, as well as juniper, cedar, frankincense , myrrh...etc..
To the above , if you have the chance you can add some good quality tibetan incense...otherwise they are ok on their own...
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:40 pm

I dunno about white sage. Sage is normally burnt as a purifying agent, that means it has the capacity to repel. Something you do not want to be doing during a sang offering (which is why guggul/myrrh is a no-no as well).
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Clarence » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:08 pm

Thanks guys. Now I am more confused than before. :D Maybe someone else will weigh in.
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:27 pm

Clarence wrote:Thanks guys. Now I am more confused than before. :D Maybe someone else will weigh in.
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Karma Dorje » Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:48 pm

Where are you located? Juniper is extremely common over most of North America. You can gather your own if you are here.
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Clarence » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:12 pm

Western Europe.
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Karma Dorje » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:05 pm

Clarence wrote:Western Europe.


You are bound to find some around you:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniperus_communis

You can also use cedar. Best for either is to wet it a bit to produce dense white smoke.

When you are picking it, be sure to just take a small branch from any given shrub or tree. Don't denude the entire plant.
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Re: White Sage for Sang Offering

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:19 pm

Western Europe? It grows wild in the mountains of Western Europe. The other thing you can do is to buy a juniper tree and plant it in a large pot in your backya, or balcony, or near a window... Fresh Juniper all year round! You can also buy dried juniper berries from herb/spice shops. Crush them up and burn them on charcoal disks.
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