Author Archive: Sabio Lantz

Running to India

From this series: Wearing the Body of Vision “You cannot extricate yourself from samsara by leaving society.  That simply does not work. This is why I don’t really approve of people giving up their jobs and running to hide in India.” — pg 127 Wearing the Body of Visions – Ngakpa Chögyam I understand what …

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Theravada Sources

This is simply a resource page where I will keep notes. A Theravada Library: Access to Insight (1) Henepola Gunaranta (1927-)  Gunarantara: Mindfulness Made Simple … (free on-line) (2) Bhikkhu Bodhi (Jeffrey Block, Ph.D) (1944 -): Free Papers His Majhima Nikaya at Amazon Free on-line MP3 series of “A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya“!  MP3 …

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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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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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Stances

Above is my attempted sketch of the stances as outlined by David Chapman on Meaningness.  On the bottom are the “confused stances” which are mixes of Eternalism vs. Nihilism  and of Monism vs. Dualism.  Note that Nihilistic Monism is a rare stance so that there are practically only the Big Three confused stances.  The center …

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