It has been three months since I made my last entry on this blog, so I suppose it is safe to say that I am overdue! However, that will not be the case for much longer, and I anticipate making more frequent posts over the next several months, and years! Since making my last post I have begun working on the FPMT’s (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) Basic Program, which I will be doing as a home-study as there is not a gompa in this area for me to attend. I will be blogging my experiences with the Basic Program here!
I will also be working on reciting and tracing the Ārya Sanghāta Sūtra over the next few months, and I will be posting the sections I complete on this blog each day so that you can read/recite along with me! Since being the mother of a very active six-year-old won’t permit me to do the whole sutra in one sitting, I will be working on as much as I can each day, even if it is just a few lines. My traceable copy should arrive from FPMT this week, so I’ll be pen hunting (it is strongly recommended that you use a pen with gold ink) over the next couple days while I wait.
I am also teaching a class locally in August where I will be discussing some of the commonly found Tibetan Buddhist ritual tools in New Age/Pagan shops. As some of you know, ritual items associated with our traditions sometimes find their way into these shops, and while sometimes the shopkeeper knows what they are and can relay accurate information, other times shop owners are relying on poorly written descriptions in catalogues which can contain false information. As a result, customers can end up buying something that they have no clue how to properly use or understand. The class I am teaching is designed to help folks recognise these different items, learn about their use and symbolism within a Tibetan Buddhist context, and determine for themselves based on this information whether they should purchase these items or not. I occasionally get emails from folks asking me what an item they bought is used for, or what they should do with it when they feel it should move on (my recommendation in the case of the latter is to see if a dharma center can take it), which is what prompted the idea for the class. My husband suggested I should call it “How Much Is That Dorje In The Window?”, and I have to admit that I like that, bad pun and all, so that is what my class is called! I will be posting the notes for that class here as well, so stay tuned!