Was wondering if anyone knows the traditional significance of the various types of Dharma names (given during Refuge, Bodhisattva vows, etc.)?
Also would be interested in others' personal experience as to what their names mean, though obviously I'm not asking for anyone to share their names if they're not comfortable with doing so.
The reason I ask is that I have several Refuge names and a Bodhisattva name, and am curious about such things being both a lowly practitioner and a lover of languages. My daughter actually received her first Dharma name before she was even born or named anything in English
In particular, I'd like to know if the name given by your teacher can be seen as an indicator of what you should make your main practice, since I was recently surprised to find that one of mine resonates particularly well with the Chöd Lüjin sadhana practiced in Karma Kagyu...
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།