by Alley Smith
Offerings at the Kami Shrines include water, rice, salt and sake.
It is a sacred act to pay respect to the spirits of our land at Karmê Chöling. We rest in a soothing afterglow of the great Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. His presence never leaves this place and our hearts are filled with gratitude and unending devotion.
As Carrie-Ann Palmeri and I offered water, rice, salt and sake to at the Kami Shrines in preparation for 2022, we took a moment to reflect on a phrase found in daily chant booklets to the Vidyadhara by the Kungma Sakyong, “… this world of water, trees, rocks and sky and earth is our heritage. This natural wonderment is our original playground.”
Carrie Anne Palmieri makes an offering of sake to the kamis.
Karmê Chöling is our heritage. It possesses incredible beauty and intrigue. The meadows and hills are covered in pristine white snow, deer tracks, wildlife, and loving-kindness. The earth and sky rejoice in our gentle presence and tender care. The Buddha, the Completely Awakened one, is alive in our hearts. Wherever we go, there are abundant blessings waiting to be seen, heard, felt, and experienced.
I will not reveal the great secrets of the Kami Shrines at Karmê Chöling, but I will invite you to take on the devotional practice. Divine presence is always available. May you have a Cheerful 2022 and dedicate your virtue for the sake of auspicious deeds!
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