Monthly Archives: November, 2011

The Yidam Heat Shield

In “Wearing the Body of Visions” (pgs 94-95), Ngakpa Chögyam uses the challenges of space travel as an analogy to the  obstacles of meditation.  Space is likened to “emptiness” and Earth is likened to “form”.  He calls meditative skills “personal technology”  and in this analogy likens those skill to rocketship technology. The first basic meditative objective is …

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Sleepy Meditation Marmot

Scientific Name:  arctomys himalayanus Habitat:  Himalayas: 4,000 – 5,500 ft Size: size of a matured house cat, >6kg AKA: Tibetan snow pig The Himalayan marmot “Wild Dog” “Yogi rat”:  Gomchen tsi-tsi (གོམས་ཆེན་ ཙི་ཙི) Gom=meditation + chen=great + tsitsi=rat This fellow burrows near the snow line of the great Himalayan mountains and is not only one …

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Oxherding: Sutra vs Vajra

The diagram above is one of the traditional Nyingma classifications of the different Buddhisms — I added Bön for completeness.  You can see the more expanded Nyingma 9-path taxonomy here.  But in this diagram, the Buddhisms above the blue dotted-line are “vehicles” (or “approaches” or “paths”) while those named below the blue dotted-line are “schools” …

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Magic Milarépa: Passing through Solids

Here is a story from the Christian Bible concerning Jesus after his reported resurrection: On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, …

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Script Families & Tibetan

The Tibetan script has always been one of my favorite scripts – a bold balance of curved and straight lines. In my graduate studies I worked Arabic (Urdu) and Devanagri (Hindi) scripts and as I dabble with Tibetan now, it is tempting to see the Devanagri. But actually the Tibetan script doesn’t look much like …

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Five-Fold Schemes

“Wearing the Body of Visions” is about using visionary realities to transform ourselves.  On pgs 78-79 Ngakpa Chögyam describes the five-fold schemes used as visionary realities in Tantra.  NC also tells us that “The five-fold nature of this Tantric teaching is reflected all levels of Buddhism.” This diagram illustrates the different 5-fold elements that NC …

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Tulku (tibetan)

A “Tulku” is the title given to a Lama who is recognized as the incarnation of a previous Lama.  The word is sometimes written “Trül-ku” or transliterated as “sprul sku”.  Using the Tibetan Syllable post, below you can see why various spellings exist.  I will take notes on the meaning in another post.

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