Monday, February 23, 2009
North Fife Photographs Mahakala
Tomorrow is the last day of the Tibetan Buddhist Year, the year of the Earth Mouse gives way to the Female Earth Ox. The last day of the lunar month is Mahakala Day, a wrathful and protector deity that is invoked to neutralise the accumulated negativity of the preceding month. At Rumtek Monastery Sikkim where these photos were taken the last 14 days of the year non stop ritual and Puja takes place for good measure.
The turning of the year accords with Cosmology and cycles of time depicted in the Kalachackra Lama Dances, The Wheel of time. A teaching embedded in Tibetan Buddhist practice.