Milarepa - The great Yogi of Tibet
Almost every Tibetan knows the great Yogi Milarepa. He lived in the 11th century in the Northwest of Tibet and came from a wealthy family. He is not only seen as one of Tibet’s foremost yogis and ascetics but also as one of the most renowned Tibetan poets. He is an inspiring example for someone who has been able to accomplish full enlightenment based on his own personal efforts, diligence, and trust in his Master.
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The Kalmykians and their temple in Munich-Ludwigsfeld
The small temple, located in an apartment building, is the oldest one in Munich. For many years it was the only Buddhist temple following the Tibetan tradition in Germany.
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A Brief Information
Naga (m), Nagini (f) means snake. In Indian mythology it describes serpent beings or serpent deities. The representations vary: either completely as a serpent or with human upper bodies but the lower body is like a snake. They can also have several snake heads as in the representation of Buddha Shakyamuni where he has been protected in his meditation by the naga king Mucalinda with his 7 cober-like heads (as shown in the image above).
It is said that Nagarjuna received the Prajnaparamita-Sutras from the Nagas, which they had stored. He too is depicted with Naga-heads behind his head.
Nagas belong to the animals realm but they have supernatural abilities. They can, for example, appear as human and stay among us.
Their Tibetan name is Lu (kLu). In the largest Tibetan Lake, the Manasarowar lake, lives one oft he 8 Naga kings, who – like all Nagas – is particularly connected with nature.
This Naga-king is a Bodhisattva-Naga and a source for the well-being of our nature, of our climate, of the harvests and of the well-being of our planet in general.
There are Nagas who want to help us and also do, but we don’t notice it. It’s hard for them to bear that we pollute their habitat, which corresponds to our polluted mind. We do not recognize their help, which they understand as ingratitude. If Nagas move away, the negative forces will increase. If they leave their homes because of the pollution of their habitat, this has serious consequenses for us, such as natural desasters.
According to Tibetan conception, Nagas live mainly in rivers and lakes. They get quickly upset, and they say they will follow you for nine lifetimes if you have made them angry. If we continue to pollute their homes, they will send deseases like skin diseases, leprosy and also Aids.
Rituals and offerings can calm the Nagas. One can offer a smokeoffering, offer them water or milk and Tormas. In the Torma dough the 3 white and the 3 sweet substances are added (milk, yogurt, butter and honey, sugar and molasses).As they like cloth in the colors of the 5 elements these used during the ritual. There is also a Mantra for them.
The rituals are only performed on certain days. On other days it is not recommended, because you wake up the nagas and they get angry. Through the rituals one tries to heal the habitat of the Nagas.
Maria Anna Kneisl
Sources: Wikipedia and teachings from Ven. Panglung Rinpoche and Ven. Gonasr Rinpoche