conebeckham wrote:Well, let's first say that "activity" is a traditional "step" in tantric practice. First, one gets empowerment, then guards and keeps samayas, practicing the stages of "approach" or "approximation," in retreat, followed by "accomplishment." Only then would one enter into "activity."
That is the traditional path, and "activity" as a stage of practice, or a "yoga," had carefully prescribed instructions and guidelines.
"Pacifying" means "making peaceful, " eh? So, directed toward any turbulent phenomena, one quiets and calms them. "Destroying" is the last resort..also the most dangerous. Purely wrathful action is rare, and one needs qualifications to attempt
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thanks, that was very helpful!
Alot of the stuff I have read about Mahamudra, talks alot about self-liberation of thoughts, calming of elaboration and similar..there are similar things in the Chenrezig sadhana I do also.. does this fit into one of these categories - pacifying by this example, or is it a different thing altogether? Is it only a term that is really used in the context of the progression you are talking about?
Vasana wrote:Would it be fair to say that these four activities can be applied in the context of what people refer to as "Engaged Buddhism" or even any activities which are deemed 'pro-social' and for the benefit of the planet and it's inhabitants ?
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