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tsa tsa

Post by Johnny Dangerous » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:58 pm

I recently learned to make tsa tsa's, we made them for a sangha member who has passed. I understand that one can simply do it as a practice as well..if one does this, what do you with the tsa tsas? I bought a mold etc...I don't really know what you do with them after you make them though - providing they are not for a deceased person etc. I know you can place them at holy places, are there other locations that are acceptable?
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Post by ngodrup » Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:02 pm

Give them as gifts, place them in high, respectful places,
build a tsa-tsa house, build a tsa-tsa wall, fill a stupa...

It is a remarkable practice with the Karmic result that you
"create the body of a Buddha." You don't become a future
statue maker, you become a Buddha.

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Post by Johnny Dangerous » Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:35 pm

ngodrup wrote:Give them as gifts, place them in high, respectful places,
build a tsa-tsa house, build a tsa-tsa wall, fill a stupa...

It is a remarkable practice with the Karmic result that you
"create the body of a Buddha." You don't become a future
statue maker, you become a Buddha.

Tsa tsa wall..noted, sounds like a fantastic idea.
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Post by ClearblueSky » Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:19 am

Typically you put them out in nature, ideally up a mountain somewhere and tucked under as much shelter (like a little rock ledge) as you can. Or you can put them on a shrine of course.

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Post by Ayu » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:01 am

I read of somebody who found such a little buddha statue while sitting in the nature playing with his hands in the soil. He didn't know anything about tsa-tsas and he felt blessed extremly about this fantastic coincidence.

Geshe Ngawang Tubten made 100000 tiny Buddha Shakiamuni statues before his death. Many of them rest now in a cabinet around the altar of a little shrine-house.

One organizer of our temple, who lives there also, is an artist. She paints and exhibites acrylcolor pictures and she's about 70 years old. Her physical health is not too strong, so she cannot do prostrations. Her teacher recommended her to make 100000 tsa-tsas of gesso. She says, she makes two per day. Now slowly, slowly the whole temple gets crowded with small tsa-tsas of different dieties. She put some on some walls, like a decorative strip, some she gives away as gifts, for some she accepts donations for the temple.
On my altar there is an Avalokiteshvara with thousand arms and one orange Manjushri already from her. And I will get one of her filigree White Taras tonight also.

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Post by tingdzin » Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:17 am

AdzomTtulku once had some mountaineers put tsa tsas on a dangerous mountain peak where many climbers have died.

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Post by amanitamusc » Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:03 am

Johnny Dangerous wrote:I recently learned to make tsa tsa's, we made them for a sangha member who has passed. I understand that one can simply do it as a practice as well..if one does this, what do you with the tsa tsas? I bought a mold etc...I don't really know what you do with them after you make them though - providing they are not for a deceased person etc. I know you can place them at holy places, are there other locations that are acceptable?
What material did you use to make the Tsa Ta's.I am getting an old brass one and will be looking for materials that bring out
the fine detail in the Tsa Tsa .
Thanks

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Post by Johnny Dangerous » Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:35 am

amanitamusc wrote:
Johnny Dangerous wrote:I recently learned to make tsa tsa's, we made them for a sangha member who has passed. I understand that one can simply do it as a practice as well..if one does this, what do you with the tsa tsas? I bought a mold etc...I don't really know what you do with them after you make them though - providing they are not for a deceased person etc. I know you can place them at holy places, are there other locations that are acceptable?
What material did you use to make the Tsa Ta's.I am getting an old brass one and will be looking for materials that bring out
the fine detail in the Tsa Tsa .
Thanks

VERY basic self-dry clay to start with. Not every high quality, but might be ok if painted with acrylic paint. Kind of shopping around now for nicer clay.
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Post by Konchog1 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:05 am

Hey Johnny, how to you prevent the clay from sticking to the inside of the mold?
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Post by Johnny Dangerous » Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:11 am

Konchog1 wrote:Hey Johnny, how to you prevent the clay from sticking to the inside of the mold?

Spray oil.

Heh, when we learned it it was jokingly described as they "ancient Tibetan tradition of Crisco" or somesuch.
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