what is a melong?

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what is a melong?

Postby DGA » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:23 pm

this may or may not be a DC-specific question.

what is a melong, and why would someone want one? by that I mean, what is its function?

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Re: what is a melong?

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Re: what is a melong?

Postby Simon E. » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:40 pm

Just as a point of curiosity I once found and purchased an antique melong in a small bric-a-brac shop in the west of England..The owner had no idea what it was until I told him. He just thought it was a 'Chinese mirror of some kind '.
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Re: what is a melong?

Postby michaelb » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:42 pm

It's a mirror. It can represent the nature of mind, as it's radiant but empty. DC people seem to like wearing them round their necks. You also see them hanging off of dadar long-life arrows or chod damarus. They are also sometimes used in fourth empowerments along with a crystal and in mirror divinations.

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Re: what is a melong?

Postby DGA » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:25 pm

Thanks to all for the helpful responses. quick follow-up on Dzogchen Community specific applications of the melong:

Have there been design changes in the DC-made melongs? The new ones have the Longsal symbol on the back, while I think I remember seeing some with a different design on the back (with the six syllables around the edge if memory serves). Is there a difference in function for each of these, or does the change in design reflect different considerations? or am I completely mistaken?

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Re: what is a melong?

Postby Malcolm » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:48 pm





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Re: what is a melong?

Postby conebeckham » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:04 pm

Melongs are also covered in sindura and mantra/mandalas of various sorts can then be inscribed upon the sindura coating...this relates to empowerments, but it also relates to portions of the Kye Rim practice of various deities, in which case, these melongs are part of a more or less elaborate shrine, along with bumpa, Skullcup, etc.


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