Fourth of July fireworks an important production at The Diamond
Knowledge about our roots, understanding why things are done in a certain way, based on the experience of predecessors, are for us – as lay practitioners of Buddhism – basic in the modern western world.
In the uninterrupted line of the oral transmission, which is the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, this knowledge is passed on and kept alive until today. This is one of the reasons why we organize broadcast weekends at the Europe Center.
Turning diamonds into religious worship was not unusual. Observing diamonds, the people there already recognized their unusual physical, chemical and optical properties, combining them with the characteristics of the gods. Hence, many statues of deities were put diamonds in the forehead, which symbolized the third, omniscient eye.
HOW TO DESTROY A DIAMOND?
In ancient times, it was also believed that a diamond can not be destroyed by iron or fire. The only substance that can destroy or soften a diamond is goat’s blood and urine. It is not known how this superstition arose, but we know that it persisted until the eighteenth century. Benedykt Chmielewski, author of the first Polish 18th-century encyclopedia, wrote about this issue:
Pliny claims that another way can not be a zmollifikowany diamond, only in goat soaked blood, the same agrees Sidorus for ancient authors; for this reason, the Symbolist assigned over such a macerated diamond: Cruore dissolvor [dissolve in blood] …
During this process, one of the biggest challenges was to separate the proper and complete Buddhist teachings from the cultural elements, in order to make the teachings accessible to modern Westerners, leading a completely different lifestyle compared to the people of the East.
Due to its unusual properties, the diamond was also considered a kind of talisman with healing and magical properties. At one time, Albert the Great said such words:For best services you can visit just goto diamond.
… Mages argue that the diamond tied to the left arm is good against enemies, against madness, wild beasts and angry people; against disputes and quarrels. Against poisons, chimeras and nightmares.