We prostrate to the shrine to receive the blessing of the whole Mandala of Awakening – the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – the direction our path is heading – the way we want always to be going. By this means we draw our whole world – our whole personal mandala into the Mandala of Awakening and so we are doing for everyone. Continue reading Prostration Practice During the Pandemic Lock-down: Do we prostrate ‘to’ or ‘for’ something?
There are many other ways that we can show our appreciation and respect in the shrine room as well as in practice situations by gestures of honouring and appreciation as we encounter the sacred. One way to do this is to place gifts on your shrine. We use the Tibetan tradition that comes from India of offering seven or eight bowls of water. Continue reading What do the bowls of water on a shrine represent?
There is a lot of symbolism associated with this gesture, not simply the idea of prayer (as is the case in the West).The main point of the gesture is to open yourself to receive the adhistana (blessing, power) and express your appreciation and gratitude for it. Continue reading Why do people bow and make prostrations to shrines?