We’re so used to thinking we’re the master of our planet and of the animal kingdom. The Buddhist perspective offers a refreshing challenge to our ‘human-centricity’: We’re not the boss – we share our universe with myriad other beings unseen. Then, when building a holy object such as a stupa (or houses, garages, swimming pools for that matter), we’d make a big mistake to assume the earth is ours to dig at our convenience – we have to check in with the other ‘tenants’! Makes sense doesn’t it. Come to think of it, it’d be a bit like someone moving into your house without asking you if that’s ok…a bit rude. Here, we certainly don’t want to be rude, we want to ask these unseen beings permission to dig, and ‘check up’ with them where to dig first.
How do we do that? Yes, very good question that’s frankly way beyond my realm of understanding (‘my’ = blog’s editor Fabienne) but do ask Geshe Ngawang Dakpa! He’s coming on Monday 21st at 10am – a date and time he carefully selected according to the Tibetan astrological calendar to inform him when the Earth Lord would be ‘home’. Geshe-la will be performing the puja for the Earth Lord to determine exactly what time and spot the pickaxe should first hit the ground. Anyone can join allthough be warned, it will all be in Tibetan.
Lama Tsongkhapa was unequivocal about this:
If one digs out the spot in conformity with the prescribed methods, one will fulfill all the wishes of oneself and others. If, however, one digs from any spot than that prescribed, disadvantageous or adverse effects such as death, loss of wealth, and separation from dear one may occur.
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