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9775Re: Spiritual Names

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  • dorje.khandro
    Jan 3, 2008
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      --- In tibetanbuddhistgroup@yahoogroups.com, "Do I Even Know?"
      <bahbdorje@...> wrote:
      >
      > I don't think I ever asked a human what my spiritual name was. Had
      > a teacher, of another path, that kind of pushed one at me. I didn't
      > ask. And infact I missed one meeting where I was going to be
      > presented with this name. All I kept thinking was, "I don't need
      > another name." Didn't know untill the next month that I was getting
      > a new name.
      > It adds something to understanding what that other person sees in
      > you. Didn't really seem needed to me.
      >
      > I was given a "dharma name" when I took refuge for the first
      > time. A previously written down name handed to me by the lama as
      > the line filed past for his blessing. I don't know yet what to
      > think of being called a vajra victory banner. So I'm some kind of
      > prayer flag? I hate the wind, how does that help?
      >
      > I did go on a pilgrimage, which started with the question of
      > what name God calls me. (Christian based beginnings.) And the word
      > I got, very clearly is not so much a name as a description of
      > activity. And it gets used in other places quite often in the same
      > context. Conduit. Originally a secrect passage thru a castle.
      >
      > So, what is the thing with names anyhow. It is something to
      > ponder.
      >
      > bahB
      >
      >
      > --- In tibetanbuddhistgroup@yahoogroups.com, Federica Mastropaolo
      > <fedemastro@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello
      > >
      > > someone asked my Dzogchen master for a 'spiritual name'
      > >
      > > He answered:
      > >
      > > ''What is your birth name?''
      > > asnwer: Paul ....
      > > The Master: ''well Paul is your Dharma name then''
      > >
      > > So Paul understood his entire
      > > exhistence was to be integrated in Dharma......
      > >
      > > Federica
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > ----- Original Message ----
      > > From: faunalotus <misstjohnson@>
      > > To: tibetanbuddhistgroup@yahoogroups.com
      > > Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 11:08:26 PM
      > > Subject: [TBG] Spiritual Names
      > >
      > > I'm curious how people have come by their spiritual names? What
      > methods did you use to choose it? Or was it given to you by
      > somebody else? How many times has it changed since you began your
      > path, if at all? If you do not have a spiritual name do you even
      > want one? What holds you back?
      > >
      > > During the summer of 2006 I stayed at a yoga ashram as a
      volunteer
      > and as I worked beside the residents there I learned of their names
      > and how they came by them. Once someone had been there for a
      > certain amount of time and grew spiritually their guru gave them a
      > spiritual name he felt was appropriate for that person. They were
      > beautiful sanskrit names. Since then part of me has always yearned
      > for a teacher/ guru/ spiritual advisor to know me enough
      spiritually
      > to give me a name they felt suited me.
      > >
      > > That is not in the cards at this time and I don't know if it ever
      > will be. For now I will just be happy as I am and choose for
      myself
      > as my spiritual path continues to unfold before me.
      > > Namaste,
      > > Fauna Lotus
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >Fauna Lotus:
      What could be more beautiful?
      or more vital to the moment. :)
      Shine on!
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