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Funny story about the Buddhist name
« on: December 31, 2009, 08:20:29 pm »
Pride or Aspiration?

It has frequently been said one's name can function either as a label which influences how others see us, or as a kind of goal or motivation.  Sometimes just thinking about the name can be beneficial to one's Buddhist practice.

There is a story told by Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (Profound Buddhism 190):

The Nun Who Wanted a Beautiful Name

Drukpa Kunlek was a practical joker; it was one way he worked to benefit beings.  One day, a nun asked him why he was always so happy, laughing and full of fun no matter what. He replied that for him, all suffering had disappeared.

Then the nun said, "I have just taken my vows and wonder whether you would grant me a new name."

"Did you have any particular kind of name in mind?" asked the Drukpa Rinpoche.

"Oh, a beautiful name, of course!"

"OK, what about 'White-yellow-red-green Tara'?

"Well, said the surprised nun, I don't think that name really suits me. I think I would like a sweeter sort of name."

"OK.  How about, Sugar-honey-molasses Tara?"

"Maybe something a bit more forceful . . . ?"

"I've got it --  Tiger-leopard-poisonous-snake Tara !"

"Something a little grander, maybe?" the nun requested.

"I understand what you're after now.  OK, Sky-space Tara."

"Maybe something that is more in tune with who I really am now . . . ? "


. . .  "I guess just Tara-who-has-the-vows is fine," she said thoughtfully, and thanked the skillful teacher.


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