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Altars as the symbol of mind

Lama Ole Nydahl about centre altars

Dear friends!

Altars allow the mind to focus on its inherent Buddha nature and it is the topic widely discussed. All the Buddhist schools express themselves by means of the altars. The variety of styles reflects understanding of both relative and absolute values. For us, in Diamond Way, it is essential to bring together enormous richness of our transmission and genuine thankfulness. I think it can be reached by staying as close to the structure of the Refuge Tree as we can considering our Western preferences and world outlook. We should share what is really meaningful – our stable idealistic motivation and work for the benefit of all.

Of course we can support common feeling and add a few jewels if you wish. So, Lama or Diamond Holder (Tib. Dorje Chang) – is in the middle. Lineage holders are above, the rest of the lamas ara around. Yidams are below. Protectors are on the lowest level. Buddhas, Teaching and Chenrezig (Loving Eyes) or other Bodhisattvas are around, on the level of Yidams. You may simplify it if you want, however it is necessary to keep general structure of the Refuge Tree in mind by putting Lama (or Lamas) in the centre.                                              

 

 

 

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