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This review is from: Mo: Tibetan Divination System (Paperback)
Divination, although playing an immensely important role in Tibet, historically, has received little exposure in the west. This little book introduces MO, a divination system using dice. The introduction is scant with little background or overview of the system but does however contain the mantra's required to invoke Manjushri to ensure a correct reading. Once cast, any combination of dice can be interpreted under a series of headings such as Spirituality, Friends and Wealth, Illness or Lost articles etc. There are some categories more suitable to a Tibetan participant than a westerner, such as a category to see if your guests will arrive safley. If the results of your reading are unfavourable there are prescriptions in the form of various buddhas and boddhisatvas to be invoked as well as mantras or rituals to be completed. Althought an appendix gives a very brief summary of the practices mentioned in the prescriptions they are not included in such a way that you could perform them. All that said, results are usually given as one sentence that is quite specific and in sceptical trials it has proven uncannily accurrate. One aspect of this little book I enjoyed is that in a very informal and almost accidental way the reader is introduced to a vast, colorful cosmology where offering goddesses or voice goddesses, attendants to dharma protectors or local spirits all have a part to play.