Favorite Japanese or Tibetan Incenses?

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  1. 5MeO

    5MeO Well-Known Member

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    Posted a bit about this in another thread, but figure I should start a new topic..

    Any recommendations of Japanese or Tibetan incenses you like?

    Btw if you're an incense lover but have never encountered Tibetan incense, do yourself a favor and pick some up - it is as distinct from Japanese incense as Indian incense is - it's a whole dimension of the incense experience that most have never encountered.. These are the "barnyard" aromas of the incense world, the equivalent of the Hindi oud oils - though a very different type of barnyard.. They used to use a lot of real deer musk and pangolin scales in some of these Tibetan incenses - that seems to be less common nowadays..

    For Tibetan I highly highly highly recommend checking out the Dzogchen Monastery's "Lotus Ground" incense.. There's a rich earthy spirituality in the finer Tibetan incenses.. "Holy Land" is really good also..
     
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    I answered you over at the other thread, but yes to Tibetan incense, if it's good quality.
    I bought some great stuff up in Upper West Bengal over 20 years ago. It was recommended that I finely grind some up and make a massage oil out it for my then screaming tendonitis. Worked very nicely :)
    As for Japanese incense, I can surely recommend some my favourites.
    Which styles/houses do you like?
     
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    Howdy!
    Well, I have incenses from several Japanese houses - I would say the Baiedo, Seijudo, Kunmeido, and Yamadamatsu are among my favorite..
     
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    I have "Holy Land" and a few other Tibetan incenses. I would have "Lotus Ground" but it's often sold out, hopefully when I need more incense it will be in-stock.

    I've sampled a half dozen or so Japanese incenses but I think I bought them too late and got reformulated ones because I fail to see the quality many have talked about. I'll buy from other sources next time...

    Also, I like many of the incenses offered by Mermade and use their Golden Lotus heater.
     

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