Different groups of monastics and rinpoches seal up the numbered lot slips.
Under the observance of the seven types of Buddhist disciples, the first group of eight monastics began sticking numbered pieces of paper onto the ivory slips that would be inserted into the lots to indicate the number of each lot. All of those ivory slips were completely the same and had been thoroughly mixed up.
These are all of the 120 numbered lot slips after a number was stuck onto each of them. Their numbers started with 1 and went up to 120. No numbers were missing between 1 and 120. The dharma teachers placed them on a silver tray and are mixing them up by shaking them.
All of the lots are placed flat between two straight boards. The length, size, texture, and color of all 120 lots were completely the same. Everyone is examining the lots to verify that they all are the same.
A second group of eight monastics is putting the numbered lot slips into the slit of each lot. After a numbered lot slip is put into a slit, the slit is immediately sealed with tape. Before this was done, all of the numbered lot slips were mixed up and all of the lots were also mixed up. They were then randomly divided and put onto several trays. After all of the numbered lot slips were put into all of the lot slits and sealed, satin sheaths were used to sheathe each lot. The monastics put the numbered lot slips into the lot slits by randomly picking up a lot, randomly picking up a lot slip, and inserting the lot slip into the lot slit. After the slip was inserted, the slit was immediately sealed with non-transparent tape. After each lot was sealed, all 120 lots looked exactly the same.
After all of the sealed 120 lots were mixed up, a third group consisting of ten rinpoches sheathed each of the identically-looking lots. This all the more made it impossible to determine the number of each lot.
After going through four mixing phases and after going through a sealing process carried out by three different groups of dharma teachers and rinpoches, those 120 lots sheathed in yellow satin are now truly sealed lots that are completely indistinguishable.
Venerable ones, rinpoches, dharma teachers, and greatly virtuous practitioners practiced the dharma amid the solemn chanting of sutras, the Manjushri Bodhisattva mantra, the Mahakala mantra, and the Kuan Yin Bodhisattva mantra. H.E. Gar Tongstan IV, a rinpoche of great holiness and virtue with profound cultivation, personally carried out the dharma of drawing lots from a golden vase. H.E. Gar Tongstan IV, a disciple of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, did not participate in any of the processes in which the lots were sealed and sheathed. This is the golden vase from which the lots were drawn and the large precious urn in which the golden vase was put.
Lama Puti Duxi, who did not participate in any of the processes in which the lots were sealed and sheathed, puts lots into the golden vase.
After putting lots into the golden vase, covering the golden vase with its lid, and shaking the golden vase, Lama Puti Duxi places the golden vase into the large precious urn.
H.E. Gar Tongstan IV removes the lid from the golden vase to begin the holy dharma practice of drawing lots.
H.E. Gar Tongstan IV draws a lot. The reincarnated identity of the first rinpoche was recognized by drawing one lot from 120 lots. The reincarnated identity of the second rinpoche was recognized by drawing one lot from 119 lots. The total number of remaining lots decreased by one each time a lot was drawn. The reincarnated identity of the last rinpoche (that is, the twelfth rinpoche to be recognized) was recognized by drawing one lot from 109 lots. The lots were drawn one by one, totaling twelve drawn lots.
The twelve lots that were drawn were placed on a silver tray for all to see. The lots were still not opened.