by Naomi Levine
The Mahakala practice was very special for me, said His Holiness at the beginning of the last day’s teaching. Since coming to India I didn’t have a chance to participate in the elaborate Mahakala practice. I’m very happy about it. The ritual we did was the longest, most elaborate text, compiled by the 6th Karmapa. It had not been practised for several generations. At the end of the long practice we had the Vajra Dance. Gyaltsap Rinpoche and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche both participated.
All this signifies we are trying to preserve the tradition of the past. Gyaltsap Rinpoche was Vajra master and did retreat before coming here. These rituals are really the practice of Vajrayana. It was a great opportunity and fortunate time for all of us. We should recognise and appreciate that.
The Vajra Dance is not entertainment. It would be very useful if we followed the Japanese where the spectators also go into meditation.
As a spectator, looking at the awestruck expressions of devotion all around me, I have to report that we all did go into meditation. In fact ‘I’ more or less disappeared.
And we are all grateful beyond words.