|L I F E S T Y L E ии R I T U A L S |
|INTRODUCTION | BLESSINGS | PUJA | PRECEPTS | CIRCUMAMBULATION | BOWING | DANA|
|To circumambulate literally means to 'walk around.' The principle involves making a clear and conscious connection with something that is regarded as special. This is often a physical object but it could also be a person. In a religious context 'the thing' would be seen as especially related to or embodying the transcendent qualities aspired to. In a more mundane situation one could go round a dwelling say as part of a blessing.|
|Objects commonly circumambulated:||Stupas - in my experience this is the most common.|
|Buddha images, or shrines in general.|
|Holy mountains, e.g. Mt Kailash in Tibet.|
|The nice thing about circumambulation is that it is incredibly simple - you just walk around something you consider to be special in some way; anyone can do that, even small children. |
Circumambulation is often an aspect of a more specific ceremony or celebration. For example to mark the end of the vassa (rains) period there would be a traditional sequence of events related to that situation and a circumambulation would often be the evening's 'finale.'