What does "my" imply?

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Misty
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What does "my" imply?

Post by Misty » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:42 pm

What does "my" imply?

I've seen here and heard at gatherings people refer to "my"Lama.
Sorry if this is a silly question but what is meant by this?
When you say "my Lama" what is the understanding being conveyed?

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Re: What does "my" imply?

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:19 pm

It could mean the person sees the lama as the leader of their sangha.
It could also mean the person sees the lama as the living embodiment of buddhahood, their guide, inspiration, and connection to the blessings of a lineage.

It depends on one's school and practice.
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-amida-butsu. -- Ippen

If in your heart you hold the thought, "I shall continue to utter the nembutsu," the Buddha will turn his attention to you, and thus you are one among those who are thought about and cherished. -- Master Hōnen

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Re: What does "my" imply?

Post by Wayfarer » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:16 pm

A personal connection with the teacher.
'Only practice with no gaining idea' ~ Suzuki Roshi

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Re: What does "my" imply?

Post by Misty » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:41 am

Thank you

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