The gurus treated by everyone with deference – Lamas or the modern day “Monks” are often considered as the people practicing esoteric traditions, but in reality they are the enlightening source to understand one’s conduct in conformity. They promulgate the level of spiritual attainment with reference to the teachings of Buddha.
The custom started by a Shunyi prince who declared the first spiritual leader for lamas from Ming Dynasty inherited by 13 more and the present day leader is Tenzin Gyatso (1940) or Dalai Lama.
After the death of the predecessor, a Shrine dedicated to the prophets is consulted for the whereabouts of the successor. The heir is then trained under a strict regimen by his de facto parents. The training includes meditation and chanting mostly.
Apart from that there are 227 strict percepts of conduct they need to follow and a quotidian of walking barefoot around to gather the offerings of the pilgrims.
From guiding the teachings of Buddha to meditation, monks are trained to a whole new level of meditation called ‘g Tum-mo’ a way through which they can influence their body temperatures and fluctuate according to the environment outside and remote viewing.
Researchers agree that the superhuman abilities are due to the subsequent enhancement of the brain functions resulting from meditation.
Great things come with great price:
Imagine a mother adjusting with the new looks of his son when he becomes a monk. The way she combed his wavy cap of hair is gone. It must be hard to eat when you know that your child is adjusting to eat 2 meals a day until dawn. Everything about the child would be changed even his name.
When a monk dies, the body is cremated as Indian customs followed by chanting. Even on the death bed the monks comfort the dying monk by chanting verses, the family of the dying monk give candles and food as offerings.
Monkhood over Manhood
A monk can never marry or indulge in any kind of physical relationship with a woman without giving up his monkhood. According to Dalai Lama “This kind of attachment is an obstacle to peace of mind. Monks are detached and attachments are trap.”
If you are attracted to Tibetan Buddhism or met a tulku leader ever, there is nothing that can prevent you from delving deeper into the culture, but don’t be fooled by the Shangri la factor because there is no license to Buddhism and there are authentic masters who gave the culture a bad name.
This insightful & eye-opener article was written by very talented writer, Lata Joshi.
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