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In some traditions that shall remain nameless [lobster coughs – Christianity], imaginary friends are fiends sent to tempt us with iPads and other Apple goodies. However fortunately in the dharma traditions, using skillful means, we create and fully utilize the temporary fabrication. After all a god form, perfect devotional lama or the spirit of Koko the gorilla, would drive us bananas. In my case that is nearer than the bend in the unpeeling …
In my Buddha Closet and shrine I keep images to call with Mantra and then sit and converse with as if they are a part of me. Which of course they are. For example the dragon rider of China, Quan Yin, started off as Avalokitasvara, Chenrezig, Tara etc and ended up in Japan as my camera (Kannon or Canon). That is why my dorge takes pictures …
namaḥ saptānāṃ samyaksaṃbuddha koṭīnāṃ tadyathā
oṃ cale cule cundī svāhā
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