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Lama Chopa (Gelug Refuge Tree)

This is a single page printable image of the visualisation for the Lama Chopa practice. When the Tibetans were introduced to Buddhism from India, their teachers described the visualisation of one's teachers as a field - (such as the field of teachers).  The word for field in Tibetan is 'shing', which also happens to be used in Tibetan for 'tree'.   The Tibetan students considered that a field was not such a noble place to visualise their teachers, and so one finds such visualisations from this tradition where the teachers are in trees.

This explanation was given by the great lama  Khensur Pema Gyaltsen Rinpoche in 1983.  He also said that, while this was a change from the Indian progenitors, there are also many advantages to this approach, and the Indians (while finding it amusing) approved.