To understand the significance of the Buddhas, it may be worth reading the introduction to the mandala of the five Buddhas, which explains a little more about what they really are and how they evolved in the archetypal Vajrayana Buddhist imagination. Effectively how real they are, and in what way they are real, is left to you. They are not like Gods, they represent aspects of the enlightened mind, and as such, are both real and unreal, both archetype and other power.
Ratnasambhava is the gorgeous bright Buddha of the southern realm, made of golden light, made of the summer, of generosity and abundance, giving and equanimity. He is the sunshine at its bright zenith, the reworking of the mind and heart to include all life in one’s outlook rather than the limited one self. Continue reading Ratnasambhava – The Golden Buddha of the South
If you had been out walking one night, two and a half millennia across time, you might have seen, framed against the moonlight shining on the river, a meditating figure. There would have been something deeply compelling about this sight, about the enigmatic smile and peaceful countenance.
Had you been out again the next morning, the same sight would have greeted you, except this time he would be framed by golden light of the sparkling sunshine, dancing on the surface of the gently flowing stream.
What you would not know, what you could not know, is that in the sparkling stream of consciousness connecting the two sights, the most profound event for life in this aeon had arisen. A Buddha had come to be.
Continue reading The Buddha’s Activity is as Sunlight Dancing on the Waters of Time
“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick; every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. But if, instead, you look at where your thoughts are coming from, you will see that each thought arises and dissolves within the space of that awareness, without engendering other thoughts. Be like a lion, who rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Continue reading The Lion’s Roar and the Sphere of Infinite Space
The moment is like a moving mirror, reflecting the wildly complex and vast network of causes, as a massive and limitless array of effects.
Like all the springs and streams, all the rivers and rains, all flowing into one pool, from which is born aloft a fountain. A fountain of time, a timeless emergence.
Continue reading Like Infinitely Coursing Water – Limitless Cause and Illimitable Effect
Thought, speech and action are all intimately connected, form part of the same karmic chains. All condition each other, all are actions, all create ripples and effects, all can form powerful manifestations. Transforming your speech reflects the whole path.
Your words, whether written or spoken, even whether said or unsaid, can cause suffering, sorrow and harm, but also great joy and inspiration, so choose them wisely as they echo in eternity. Continue reading Right Speech – Words are Worlds
Creating the self. We are essentially a product of what we think about and our beliefs. Believing in enlightenment, or tao, or approaching God, or some way of framing a goal is important to keep us practising. This belief, simply put, changes our consciousness, and involves working with our consciousness in some way. Continue reading Believing in Enlightenment – Existentialism, Doubt, Lemmings, and Hope
I came across this the other day, and some of their mantras are indescribably beautiful so I had to share!
The wisdom teachings, or the literature of the prajna-paramita (perfection of wisdom) make it clear that in ultimate reality there is no separation of beings. Is is as if all “beings” are emanations of the same field of light.
Indeed the teachings on interconnectedness speak of beings as being like beams of light all interconnecting. In this sense, again the sunshine metaphor is perfect, as something like sunshine is the essence and field from which we all emanate. So this sunshine is the buddhafield, the tao from which all arises and to which all returns. Continue reading Metta from the Sun – Moving Beyond
Digital life has created as much disconnect as it has connection. You only have to see the scenes of people at a gathering immersed in their screens to understand this. These screens, have they become more interesting than our friends? Is the constant and massive stream of information so important, or is it angry birds and crushing candy? A friend could never entertain with so much so fast, the odds are loaded.
Facebook gives us all an idealized glimpse into our peers’ lives. We can all hide behind the screen of our public presentation, or pick up our phone when we feel that itch or awkwardness. Continue reading The Modern World and The Myth of Shambhala
There are many reasons why a person decides to embark on a spiritual path, if spiritual path is even the right term. Life may have lost its shine, you may have become stuck in habits or in a way of life that are destroying your joie de vivre. Continue reading STARTING OUT – FINDING A PATH – A SUBTLE LONGING