Mamo Chants

February 13th—February 22nd

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    Room: Secondary Shrine Room/Classroom

    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is a period before the Tibetan New Year when accumulated karma comes to fruition and obstacles arise. This year, for ten days between February 13 - 22, we will do Mamo Practice to pacify obstacles of the old year.

    This time of obstacles is known as the "dön season." Döns are negative forces that arise out of the environment, causing humans to do things that are self-destructive and mindless. The best protection against döns is to increase one's mindfulness, making this season an especially good time for meditation practice.

    "Mamos" are another source of obstacles during this period. Mamos, unenlightened dakinis, become enraged when we lose touch with our own intelligence and, therefore, with reality. Mamos cause large-scale problems: fighting and civil discord, famines, plagues, and environmental calamities. They are associated with the karmic consequences of forgetting the ground of basic goodness, ignoring the sacredness of all phenomena and a dulled insight.

    If we are able to remember mindfulness and awareness and invoke some pure vision with respect to obstacles, the wrathful activity of the mamos becomes tamed. It helps to know that mamos and döns are actually inseparable from our own minds -- which is what makes the taming possible. The entire Mamo Practice is a contemplation of cause and effect, of wrathful compassion and awareness. It's also a contemplation of a kind of sacred outlook that restores balance in the world. By leaning into the message of the mamos, we pacify them and also their effect on us.

    Reference: "Understanding the Dön Season."  Russell Rodgers.  Shambhala Times.  Feb 1, 2017.

    Open to everyone.