steveb1 wrote:I'm out of my depth here, and more or less guessed which subgroup in Tibetan Buddhism would be best to post this question. Please feel free to refer me elsewhere if this question is inappropriate here.
My confusion concerns visualisation of deities or Buddhas.
Some sources indicate that the visualisation is a sort of temporary externalization of one's own Buddha Nature, which ceases once that Nature has been realized.
But other sources indicate that the content of the visualisation corresponds to an actual external reality, so that even after the aspirant realizes his/her Nature, the visualisation's object remains a real, external "cosmic" or "transendental" Existence.
Thanks in advance for any comments that might enlighten my limited understanding
When we practice tantric yoga method sadhanas and transform our consciousness into the transcendent, rainbow body of our meditation deity we should simultaneously recognize the unity of the rainbow body and its non-dual nature. The rainbow body of the deity is totally non-dual. Non-duality and the transformation, the transcendent experience of the clean clear, crystal rainbow body, are completely one. It’s like it’s there, but it’s not there. If you were to try to touch it, it would be like trying to touch a rainbow. Your hand can’t feel it yet there’s something there. It’s real; there’s some energy there. You can’t say that a rainbow isn’t real because you can’t touch it by hand.
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