The intricate Mandala, constructed during the Kalachakra Ceremony, is made with coloured sand and symbolizes the whole universe. At the end of the ritualistic performance the sand construction will be destroyed by the Tibetan monks. The so called “dismantling” of the sand Mandala symbolizes the destruction of the world and of the universe. This is part of the apocalyptic Doomsday Scenarios in the Kalachakra prophecies which culminate in a final battle and the End of our planet. Nevertheless the construction and destruction of the Mandala is presented by the Dalai Lama as a contribution to world peace.
conebeckham wrote:For example, here's a quote from an interview:
Urgyen Chodron wrote:Any time a religion has secret teachings such as the tantric I am very suspicious.
This couple published books for the Dalai Lama and came to their conclusions with much research.
Because anything this subject is brought up on the Buddhist forums there is never a straight answer and often one is met with hostilities.
As for myself, I am doing my own research, and depending on where it leads me I may leave the lineage that I am in and go back to Zen or even Theravada. But I have read the book by June Campbell, Traveller in Space, and I believe what she wrote to be the truth.
I have been in enough yogic traditions to know that many gurus, if not all, sleep around with their disciples. I know of too many women who were hurt, and in the mean time the disciples and gurus are busy calling them liars, etc.
Urgyen Chodron wrote:I have been doing research on this very subject today. Not sure what to think about my findings, but maybe others will have something to enlighten me on it:
(This online free book is very well documented.)
mr. gordo wrote:Campbell believes women were used and exploited as consorts. There are views otherwise...I'm not at home but I can dig up the resources later. Personally when you have practices like Chod created by a woman like Machig Labdron that were accepted in Tibetan Buddhism, is why I don't side with Campbell.
I have read books about the other traditions, but what I object to is the sexual implications in taking some forms of tantra. I have no idea if the kalachakra believes in what Westerners call, "tantric sex," but I am trying to find out. I don't feel that women should be used as a consort for such practices. I have only read this article that I find disturbing as well as June Campbell's book. Until I can find something that satisfies me the baby and the bath water will be laid aside. What may satisfy me is to find a copy of the kalachakra sutra to see what it says.
Urgyen Chodron wrote:I found enough online that wasn't from The Shadow of the Dalai Lama which verified to me that the Kalachakra Tantra does teach the sexual aspects of Buddhist practice. And so I am leaving my teacher and going back to Zen. This just isn't my cup of tea, and so I am leaving this forum as well.
Dechen Norbu wrote:
I think you'll fit perfectly, especially in those western sanitized versions of Zen.
tamdrin wrote:geez most people are happy when they learn that Tibetan Buddhism can include sex! IT makes them flock to it.. but you, you're bound by some weird protestant morality! LOL
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