Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shugendo-style Goma

During the fire-safe season, roughly from November to April, this outdoor fire is lit and meditative liturgies are recited. The goma gives off light, heat, and energy, and is especially appropriate when we have guests who are unfamiliar with chanting and mantras. While the monastics are engaged in mantra meditation, the guests can benefit just by watching the fire itself. This has been termed 'Caveman Television'.

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