I am a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, and so much more. Very fortunate am I to have met multiple different lineages of healing wisdom, some secular and others quite nonsecular.
One thing I must be discerning about however is that with so many tools and techniques under my belt, I still must practice efficacious self care. I don’t have a lot of time to waste – I see clients, socialize, try to get outdoors, etc – so I only have about an hour or two / day to take care of myself physically and psycho-spiritually.
Therefore, what is one of the most powerful practices I can do? As a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, it is the Tsok / Ganachakra feast offering along with Lama Chopa. This is a potent practice which invites the lineage masters past and present to be here with me / us. We offer them food, pay homage and receive blessings equal to our devotion.
I have heard this is the most singularly powerful practice a Dharma practitioner can do. It purifies eons of negative karma as it strengthens our connection with the living lineage of luminous healing wisdom (of which there are many).
Occasionally, I will notice a brief period of non-conceptuality when I do this practice. At times though, I will get drowsy half way through the practice. (I try to do the full 1 hour plus practice.) My eyes begin to close as I chant the mantra. I take a sip of (herbal) tea and chant some more. I complete the mantra, mentally transform my body, offer the food and hopefully receive a few blessings.
It is best to do this practice on two days in particular according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar – the 10th day and the 25th day. These are the Linage Lamas – Guru Rinpoche Day and Dakini Day (enlightened wrathful feminine liberator energy beings). We can gain great merit from doing a Tsok practice on the Full Moon or other days as well, but the 10th and 25th are most efficacious – the connection to the Lamas or the Dakinis is easiest, so why not take advantage of it?!
Being gentle, being kind. Just pushing myself enough to grow and be able to digest these inner changes, may I creep (ever so slowly) toward enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings! May all beings create the causes to connect with authentic lineages of healing wisdom! May we all be liberated from suffering and its many causes.
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