|I Love Mass Ave, Part 1
||[Dec. 31st, 2008|02:15 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
The Bodhi Tree, between Porter Square and Harvard Square (1684 Massachusetts Ave), is going out of business. Their sale prices are up to 50% off. I highly recommend stopping by and seeing what treasures you might find.
I stopped today because I'd never made it in, despite walking past it for years. A particular bracelet and a small protection charm caught my eye.
When I brought them to the counter, the older man working there asked me if I knew what the writing on the bracelet meant. When I confessed that I did not, he explained that it was the mantra of love and compassion, which he wrote down for me (because, honestly, I wasn't quite managing the pronunciation no matter how many times he got me to repeat it) as "OM MANI PADME HUNG" although the Internets think it should be HUM not HUNG. *shrug*
I asked about a necklace I'd looked at earlier - turns out it opens and you can put a prayer or whatever you want into it - I added that to my pile.
As he was ringing me up, he decided to just give me the tiny protection charm. I thanked him, confessing that I have problems with nightmares and I'd hoped it might help. He told me that, next time I have a nightmare, to recite the mantra and then picture the Buddha and imagine him turning into/becoming white light and drawing that light into myself. He said to then wish the same for other people with nightmares.
Then he stopped chewing his minty gum and prayed over/for me in Tibetan while my credit card charge went through.
Turns out that he's Tsering Ngodup Lama, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. His son, Yeshe Dorje Strimling Yodsampa, has been recognized by H.H. ShaMar Rinpoche as a high reincarnate lama of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. But I didn't know that until I just Googled for the Bodhi Tree address and found their website: http://www.bodhitree-cambridge.com/
OM MANI PADME HUNG is an excellent walking mantra.