Bela Larson and Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; MadamePickwickArtBlog; Tibetan Altar
|Tibetan monks head into a prayer hall during a ceremony to mark Tibetan New Year, Lama Temple in Beijing, China (AP/Greg Baker/sacbee.com)|
|Dorothy and fragmented aspects of personality in "Oz" or subtle mass media depiction of mental illness? (madamepickwickartblog.com)|
WARNING: Shocking, scary, real ghosts, disembodied spirits, and malevolent demons! These things are real and live among us. Rather than fear them, know that they are real. Searching, investigating, and understanding truth is better than ignorance and fear.
Bon practitioners (bonpos) cultivate household "gods" in addition to other deities: "Traditionally in Tibet divine presences or deities would be incorporated into the very construction of the house making it in effect a castle (dzongka) against the malevolent forces outside it. The average Tibetan house would have a number of houses or seats (poe-khang) for the male god (pho-lha) that protects the house... the man of the house would invoke this god and burn juniper wood and leaves to placate him. In addition the woman of the house would also have a protecting deity (phuk-lha) whose seat could be found within the kitchen usually at the top of the pole that supported the roof" (Tibetan Buddhism - Unit One, Sharpham Trust,. pg. 5).