reusing katas?

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reusing katas?

Postby Luke » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:33 am

Is it okay to present a kata to a lama which I previously presented to a different lama?

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Re: reusing katas?

Postby dorje.neljorma » Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:34 pm

Yes, I believe its fine. At my centre they reuse Khatas all the time.

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Re: reusing katas?

Postby narraboth » Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:51 am

what I have heard is:
it's not polite to do it in one event:

Originally, a kata is a precious gift, so you offer it to the lama, the lama gives you another.
but nowadays lama just put the one back to represent that he gives you one too.

OK, we all reuse katas, which I think it's fine, but if:
there are more then two lamas there, you give kata to one first, he gives it back to you, and you give the same one to another lama in front of all of them.... it would be a bit strange.

The polite way is: you should prepare katas for separate lamas, so in the end they will all be on your neck at least at that time. After they or you leave the place, you can collect katas for next time use.

Tibetan people or monks might feel it's funny if you use one kata to give to different lamas again and again.
But to be honest, there are too many things we non-tibetan do would make Tibetan laugh. Maybe it's not a big deal.

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Re: reusing katas?

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Mon Dec 20, 2010 3:13 am

I've always brought several when there are more than one lama and I give them separately.

However I have katas that I've used and I take them to different events.

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Re: reusing katas?

Postby Luke » Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:31 pm

Thanks for the info, but I would never give the same kata to multiple lamas at one event.

What I meant was that I was planning to present a kata to a lama which I had presented to another lama many months ago and which is now sitting in my drawer at home. I was asking if this is okay. From the replies so far, it seems like it is okay.

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