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Feb 05

Religious Sites (World Heritage of China)

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The bodies of great lamas, such as the Dalai and Panchen lamas, are placed in rich stupas in attitudes of meditation, while lay corpses are exposed in remote places to be devoured by vultures and wild animals. If the body is present, the guru or dharma-brother, that is, the fellow-disciple of the guru, should read the text of the Sutra close to his ear three or seven times. And though there is no doubt about the fact that mediation has its spiritual and mental benefits, this is not all that mediation can give you.

Pages: 95

Publisher: Foreign Language Press; 2 edition (January 2004)

ISBN: 7119034006

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