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Striking Picture

Postby Konchog1 » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:08 am

This picture is really moving me, and so I have an urge to share it.

The words on it mean what one would assume. From left to right going clockwise: samsara (literally, cycle), birth, aging, sickness and death.
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-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: Striking Picture

Postby dzogchungpa » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:32 am

I assume the light in the heart centers represents the mind, but what is the brownish circular symbol that appears next to it?
ཨོཾ་མ་ཧཱ་ཤུནྱ་ཏཱ་ཛྙཱ་ན་བཛྲ་སྭཱ་བྷཱ་བ་ཨཱཏྨ་ཀོ་྅ཧཾ༔

The thousands of lines of the Prajnaparamita can be summed up in the following two sentences:
1) One should become a Bodhisattva (or, Buddha-to-be), i.e. one who is content with nothing less than all-knowledge attained through the perfection of wisdom for the sake of all beings.
2) There is no such thing as a Bodhisattva, or as all-knowledge, or as a ‘being’, or as the perfection of wisdom, or as an attainment.
To accept both these contradictory facts is to be perfect.
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Re: Striking Picture

Postby Sherab Dorje » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:24 am

This is the standard ISKCON depiction of reincarnation. You will find it in all of their temples. You assume wrongly, it depicts the atman not the mind.
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: Striking Picture

Postby Simon E. » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:34 pm

Quite so. The populist Hindu idea of atman..and as kitsch as all getout to boot.
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Re: Striking Picture

Postby dzogchungpa » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:07 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:This is the standard ISKCON depiction of reincarnation. You will find it in all of their temples. You assume wrongly, it depicts the atman not the mind.

Ah yes, I see you are right.
http://www.asitis.com/gallery/plate8.html
I guess the circular thingies are what remained of the little images of Krishna after photoshopping.
ཨོཾ་མ་ཧཱ་ཤུནྱ་ཏཱ་ཛྙཱ་ན་བཛྲ་སྭཱ་བྷཱ་བ་ཨཱཏྨ་ཀོ་྅ཧཾ༔

The thousands of lines of the Prajnaparamita can be summed up in the following two sentences:
1) One should become a Bodhisattva (or, Buddha-to-be), i.e. one who is content with nothing less than all-knowledge attained through the perfection of wisdom for the sake of all beings.
2) There is no such thing as a Bodhisattva, or as all-knowledge, or as a ‘being’, or as the perfection of wisdom, or as an attainment.
To accept both these contradictory facts is to be perfect.
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Re: Striking Picture

Postby Jikan » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:10 am

Simon E. wrote:Quite so. The populist Hindu idea of atman..and as kitsch as all getout to boot.


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Re: Striking Picture

Postby Cloudrider » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:09 pm

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This is similar picture from a different perspective.Is it communciating the same idea?
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