Monthly Archives: October, 2011

The Tibetan Syllable

This diagram, while busy, captures all the key basic points needed to understand basic Tibetan orthography.  Visual frameworks help me to hold on to knowledge and I hope it helps someone else as they begin trying to understand classical Tibetan. The top half of the diagram shows the basic syllable structure of stacked letters.  Note …

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Tantra Ligatures

Below your will see the many ligatures used to make the word “Tantra”.  In another post I will write more about the meaning of the word “Tantra”.

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One-Taste: The Dance of Emptiness and Form

Emptiness and Form, according to Aro’s teachings, can simply be thought of as contrasting characteristics of existence.   David Chapman skillfully re-names Emptiness and Form as Nebulosity and Pattern.    For me the classic Taoist Ying-Yang symbol is helpful in understanding these characteristics.  Looking at the qualities, it can be seen that the mind naturally rests …

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Disenchantment with Emptiness

Kakuan, a 12th century Chan master, is famous for his 10 ox-herding pictures to illustrate the path to enlightenment. The eighth picture (to the right) always seemed to me to represent “emptiness” and part of the path needed to gain enlightenment. Sure, the series went on to the 10th picture with the boy back in …

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Linguistics & Buddhism

Below is an annotated list of language posts on this site: Learning Tibetan Script The Tibetan Syllable:  A framework to understand how to write & read Tibetan Tibetan Flash Cards:  A tool to  learn the Tibetan letters Dissecting Tibetan Words/Phrases Tulku: dissecting a Tibetan word’s script The Tibetan Language, general Classifying Tibetan:  Where does Tibetan lie …

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Dance, Theatre & Games

One of the reason I enjoy reading Ngakpa Chögyam (NC) is that I resonate with many of the images he uses.  In this post I link to several Triangulation posts which perhaps illustrate that resonance — that yuan. In chapter 1, “Limitless Dance”, NC describes Tantra  as a “florid, fecund and fiery dance” (pg 29).  The …

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Wearing the Body of Visions

This is an annotated index of my posts related to or inspired by Ngakpa Chögyam’s fine book “Wearing the Body of Visions” (1995).  My hope is that perhaps even one person may find these notes useful. But even if not, organizing and writing these notes deepens my understanding.  All mistakes are mine, of course.  And corrections …

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Khandro-Pawo

—————————- Sources: Wearing the Body of Visions: (by Ngakpa Chögyam) (p 11) Honey on the Razor’s Edge  (by Ngak’chang Rinpoche & Khandro Déchen) Spacious Passion: Warriors (by Ngakma Nordzin) The Mother Essence Lineage (Dharma Web) ———- My other posts on::  “Weaving the Body of Visions” by Ngakpa Chögyam.

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The Aro Lineage

Aro is a fascinating Nyingma sect with Western non-monastic lamas.  Below is a diagram of their lineage story taken from  the Aro site.  Links to biographies and further pics provided below. Links to details: Padmasambhava Statue + pic pic with consorts pic +  statue Yeshé Tsogyel Bio Pic (blue Yogini) Statue as Blue Garuda as Tsogyel Tröllö …

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The Middle Way

To call themselves a “Buddhist”, a Buddhist usually declares that they hold key Buddhist concepts such as “The Triple Gem” , “The “Middle Way”, “The Eight-fold path”, “Karma” and “Four Noble Truths”.  But each Buddhist sect give their own unique interpretation of these concepts, sometimes at such variety that the unity of Buddhism becomes rather …

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