Category Archives: Tibetan

Tilopa’s Mahamudra

This song of pith instructions was transmitted from master to disciple through the ages, and as I was watching I felt quite inspired and excited so I thought I would share it. I hope you enjoy – I listened to it with my own soundtrack though!

If you would like to read more translations of this song I found this website which seems to have a wonderful selection. The joys and good fortune of the internet age!

The Five Buddha Mandala – A Brief Introduction

I have been writing a series about the mandala of the five buddhas, or jinas, or conquerors. This is because I recently gave a talk about the Buddha Amoghasiddhi, and found the writing of it very inspiring. I published articles about Amoghasiddhi and Akshobya late last year, and have articles coming up on the other three Buddha figures; Ratnasambhava, Amitabha and Vairocana.

Buddha, means one who is awake, and this represents the pinnacle of human potential, the teacher of gods and men. What this means is beyond the scope of either our minds or our words to understand. We are however treated to glimpses of spiritual qualities, of higher states of consciousness, and of true reality as we walk our path through life.

Perhaps we might notice the dance of the leaves in the breeze, or the amazement of a beautiful sunrise, or experience stillness, expansion, compassion, or are struck by a feeling of awe, of beauty, of something that is beyond. Continue reading The Five Buddha Mandala – A Brief Introduction

Akshobya – The Deep Blue Buddha of the East

Once upon a time, in a world far away, a monk made a vow. The world was called Abhirati, the world of intense delight. Here there lived a Buddha called Visalaksa, and one day the monk told him that he wished to gain Enlightenment for the sake of all beings. The Buddha warned him that this would be an immense task, but determined and fearless, the monk took a series of vows. He would never again give way to anger, or hatred or malice, and never engage in unethical conduct, among other vows.

As he took the vow, he touched the earth, which shook, which trembled in response. So for a very long time, and over many lifetimes, he was unshakeable (Akshobya) and held to these vows. Eventually he achieved Buddhahood and created a pure land called Abhirati. Continue reading Akshobya – The Deep Blue Buddha of the East

Amoghasiddhi – The Green Buddha of the North – Fearless Energy and Action

What you see in an image of the Buddha is only limited by your experience and imagination. It is a portal, through which you come to access ever more meaning, ever more of the transcendental, as you become ever more receptive to the kiss of the beyond.

Have you ever tried to look at the sun?

When you do, or even squint, or even at a light like this one, you don’t only see the warm brilliant white. You actually see other colours dancing in the rays and in your eyelashes like hinted rainbows. You see red, and yellow, and blue, and you see green. The Mandala is like this, for the brilliance of the Buddha is too much to take in, too bright to look at.
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Light at the End of the World – Buddhist Science of the Mind

The Buddhist Science of the Mind from Wade Davis on Vimeo.

This is a lovely documentary about a Western academic’s encounters with the lamas embodying the Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

Poisons, Antidotes and the Mechanics of Insight

At the centre of the Tibetan Wheel of Life we find three animals; the cock, the snake and the pig, chasing each others tails as if perpetually chasing each other round and round. They represent the three ‘kilesas,’ the root poisons, the roots of unskilfulness, which are greed hatred and delusion, or craving, ill will and ignorance.

These are no abstract concepts, make no mistake these are the forces of all ill in the world, and they are in you right now, and cause great suffering.

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Avalokiteshvara

He sits, on his cloud, working tirelessly to release beings from suffering. He took a vow. He will work until there is liberation for all that lives.

At one stage, it became too much, he lost heart and he thought of himself. On breaking this vow he was split into a thousand pieces.

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