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And Then It Was Gone

Anonymous, April 1999

The other day I offered a khata (silk offering scarf) to a very kind, gentle and wise lama. I have had this khata for over a year. In this time it has collected a lot of blessings from many great lamas.

A practice of mine is to ‘tag-team’ it with another person who is without one. That way they get to make an offering and receive a blessing. And since the lama usually places the khata over the other person’s neck, it can then get passed back to where the process is repeated. Consequently the khata is involved in multiple blessings.

Well, on this day I offered my very blessed, and in my mind ‘special’ khata, and the very kind lama kept it!! Now I had heard that this could happen, since it is in fact an offering, and I thought I was prepared for this day. But I was still a little surprised (!) and had to apply some ta rig (signs/reason) to my feelings of loss, being of course from the unconscious attachment I had formed with it over the year.

So now I am left with the thought “at the time of my passing, how well have I prepared for the loss of this blessed life and body, especially having been very attached to it for many years?” Oh what great wisdom and compassion the Guru has!

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