Author Topic: Tying knots on a string at the end of a retreat  (Read 1214 times)

Sindyeli

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Tying knots on a string at the end of a retreat
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:02:13 AM »
I just finished a 5 day meditation retreat and at the end we went through the ritual of tying a red string around our wrists after tying 3 knots on it. Since I don't have the best memory and that was a lot for me to process, I would like to be reminded of what this all means. Our teacher explained really well but I forgot it all  :( I do remember him saying the string was, amongst other things, a protection for oneself.

I tried googling this but had absolutely no luck so perhaps someone here could help me out. Thank you!

Matthew

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Re: Tying knots on a string at the end of a retreat
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 09:57:35 AM »
3 knots represent the three jewels of Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha

The red string is a constant reminder to mindfulness

There is no magick in the "protection": this comes from your mindfulness and working with Dhamma (or not!)

Hope that helps :)

PS the first piece of single cotton thread I tied round my wrist stayed there for three years before showers, life, wear & tear saw it's end.
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Sindyeli

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Re: Tying knots on a string at the end of a retreat
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 06:41:59 PM »
Thank you, Matthew! And funny the comment about "magic", it would be cool if it were, but... practice practice might make it so  :)

 

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