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The fruit also symbolizes the goal of recognizing emptiness and dependency and the connection between cause and effect. It challenges us to avoid actions that will cause suffering and to increase actions that will promote healing. By faithfully applying the principles of Buddhism, negative behavior is overcome and the clear mind is revealed.

In this case an offering is made of both the yogurt and the coral, which is one of the most precious and valuable offerings. Kusha grass grows to a height of two feet and is used to purify defilements. Those wishing purification sleep in a field or patch of kusha grass for ritual purification. Placed under a pillow at night before initiation, Kusha grass is believed to produce clear dreams; it is also used to enhance the clarity of visualization and meditation.

Grass, in sanskrit, Durva, is a symbol for long or Longer life and is used in life-enriching rituals.

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The blue, red and green cliffs represent the unmoving nature of the mind when enlightenment has been attained. The tops of these cliffs have Kusha grass growing out of them. The 4-petaled flower is symbolic of the 4 Noble truths, the middle way and the first teaching of Buddha. Life is suffering. Ignorance is the cause of suffering. The cessation of suffering is the goal of life because it transcends pains and pleasure. The way to the cessation of suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path, which aligns with the eight spokes of the Dharma Wheel. The Champaka is the 3rd flower of the holy trinity of flowers in Buddhist symbology, the 1st is the Lotus and the 2nd is the Ashoka.

The Champaka is also called the camp flower.

The blue represents compassion. Red is the transmutation of passion into compassion. The white tips denote purity. Datura blossom the word comes from Sanskrit 'dhatur' and translates "thorn apple". Datura blossoms are one of the few wrathful blossoms and are poisonous; most of the Tibetan Buddhist blossoms are representative of peace and compassion such as the Ashoka Blossom or the Lotus. The datura, also called "angels's trumpet" will invoke a wrathful deity to remove poisons from the practitioner. The wrath subdues and eliminates delusions and poisons and peace turns this into the active quality of compassion.

HH explains it this way: With compassion as the causal motivation an action or behavior This technique is based on the fact that when we become angry, a very energetic and powerful mind is generated. When trying to achieve a fierce activity for beneficial purposes, the energy and power make a difference. Thus it is because of the usage of hatred in the path in this way that there come to be wrathful deities. The Chinese Oak is a symbol of majesty and strength, appropriate for the use on this special Tibetan Altar.

The acorns of the Chinese Oak are used medicinally and its leaves provide nourishment for the wild uncultivated silkworm. The gold 24kt used to color these leaves denotes purity. The leaves pictured on this drawer are elongated for majestic effect.

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This is Auspicious and takes on a supernatural meaning: the demise of a great teacher and his rebirth. The self is now permeating space with luminescence transparency, with nothing solid or any sharp lines of separation. The red coral is used as a jewel for ornamentation, decorating jewelry.

As Mala bead, it depicts a symbolic offering and also a wish for acquisition. It is a precious offering of great va lue. The double-edged sword "Khadga" in Sanskrit, "Phurba" in Tibetan symbolizes the knowledge that severs and burns away the knot of ignorance, besides keeping danger at bay. It is used by a bodhisattva who goes fearlessly wherever his help is needed by those on the path to enlightenment.

He has a special affinity for women, children, and travelers, and he is characterized chiefly by benevolence, determination, and unflagging optimism. However, here Kusha grass replaces the usual flames for denoting purification. The dark blue color, the color of iron, symbolizes its unchangeable and indestructible vajra nature. The triple blade symbolizes the overcoming or cutting through of the three root poisons of ignorance, desire, and hatred.

The properties of the triangular shape represent the element fire, symbolizing wrathful activity; with the tip of the blade representing ferocious activity and the inseparable union of method and wisdom as the fearlessness and certainty of its accomplishments. Its four heads represent the four Dhyani Buddha. Of these, it is associated primarily with Amoghasiddhi, lord of the north, the Karma Family Buddha, whose name means "Unfailing Accomplishment. It serves as a symbol of harmony, immutability, and all -knowingness. The single, uncrossed representation, vajra diamond scepter, dorje in Tibetan , symbolizing skilful means, compassion, samsara.

This compassion is an active quality rather than mere sympathetic feelings not transformed into action. Compassion refers to action that is exactly consonant with whatever is occurring and that is not self-referential. The bell ghanta in Sanskrit; drilbu in Tibetan symbolizes the comprehension of emptiness in all its forms and additionally is a symbol of the transitoriness and the feminine principle as the "perfection of wisdom. The sound radiates in all directions and dissolves into silence or emptiness. The hollow interior of the bell's "mouth" is emptiness; its clapper "tongue" is form. When taken as a sexual symbol, the mouth of the bell represents the vagina and the prongs of the Vajra on top symbolize the 4 nadi which emanate from the tip of the male sexual organ, representing form or appearance.

It is the union of great bliss and compassion, again pure emptiness and form. Taken together with the Dorje, they symbolize the path to enlightenment. The journey and the goal are one. In Tibet, the lute is known as pi wang, in Sanskrit the vina. In Tibetan art, the lute is held by such deities as Sarasvati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom; Shabdavajra, the offering goddess of sound; Dhritarashtra, the white guardian king of the east; Vinadhara, the offering goddess of music; and the gandharvas, or celestial musicians.

The end of the lute's neck has makara-tail scrolling typical of Tibetan lutes. The sound box is covered with an animal skin. This is a sound-offering depiction. Cymbals, or tingsha in Tibetan. The sound created by the tingsha is a plea to the gods to remain. This is the beginning of true teaching or meditation, asking god to be manifest in your life.

Tsebum or "long-life vase", a jar in which the "nectar of immortality" is kept. The Sacred book, Pustaka in Sanskrit, is a symbol of learning, wisdom and insight. Wisdom in Buddhism is the most important spiritual power, as only wisdom coupled with will can liberate us from suffering.

The book is not bound like books in the west, rather the sheets are separate sheets of parchment or rice paper placed between two wooden covers held together by a ribbon or wrapped in a silk cloth with a ribbon and coin used to secure it. The trefoil is a cloud design that signifies the 3 Cintamani as the body, speech and mind of Buddha that the practitioner will possess. The sources of these rivers were believed to be springs issuing from rock formations in the likeness of the heads of an elephant, lion, horse and peacock respectively.

When Atisha , author of Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment, came to Tibet, he was taken by the purity of the water and allowed it could be used as an offering.

Tibet is the only region that has water as a sacred offering. Pure water is said to possess eight qualities: clear, cool, odorless, soothing, healing, delicious, light, and soft. Meditating on him or his vehicle creates great therapeutic energy, which is useful for healing oneself and others. The medicine inside of the bowl is gorocana, literally cow essence. The idea is to remove poisons on the physical as well as the spiritual plane.

Healing can only take place if behind the meditation is the desire to purify a specific poison. In this sense, being freed from physical suffering means also being freed from suffering on all other levels and the goal is not only temporary relief, but healing in the ultimate sense. The medicine bowl is a blue iron bowl; the significance of the blue is: blue represents the destruction of ignorance and delusion.

In this image the red scarf laid over the bowl would signify the transmutation of that delusion and ignorance or commonly referred to as passion in to the active verb compassion. They are represented as the transformation of our vices into the 4 powers of regret, vow, reliance, and remedy, so the practitioner will realize purification and enlightenment.

This is also the basic meaning of the "Heart Sutra. Intermixed with the Mahamudra mists are two mare's tail cumulus clouds which are quite common in Tibet. One significance of these fast moving clouds and the pure clarity of the sky is metaphorically an illustration of the Buddha Mind. Clouds may come and go across the heavens, like the transitory thoughts or delusions which appear to obscure the mind's true nature, yet the nature of the sky remains unchanged. The wheel of joy is similar in style to the Chinese yin-yang, but with three or four segments rather than two. When shown with three sections, the wheel relates to the three jewels of Buddha, dharma and sangha body, speech, and mind.

Four sections refer to the four noble truths. The yin-yang, shaped like spiraled tear drops, constitute a circle that is divided in two by an S. The dot, or in this illustration an eye, in the middle of each half symbolizes that each element at its highest point carries within itself the seed of its polar opposite, that it can change and cross over into the other.

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Yin is the female, the passive, the receptive, the dark and the soft. Yang is the masculine, the active, the light and the stern. The joining of the two created from the One is the source of creative energy in the Universe. The following icons are among the 7 possessions of the Chakravartin, or Wheel Turner The term in Hinduism refers to an ideal ruler, but in Buddhism, Chakravartin has come to mean a Buddha whose all-encompassing teachings are universally true. Chakravartin has an army of 4 divisions, infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots.

Chakravartin is the lineage of 25 Kulika kings or enlightened monarchs, the 25th of which will finally defeat the "non-believers. The Precious Horse is able to travel among the clouds and mirrors the Buddha's abandonment of, or "rising above," the cares of worldly existence. The horse is Chakravartin's riding horse, which is able to circumnavigate the globe 3 times in one day and symbolizes mobility and speed.

The Cintamani on the horse's back is a magical jewel with the power to grant wishes, able to fulfill any and all desires, also called the thinking jewel. Hundreds of the author's line drawings depict all the major Tibetan symbols and motifs landscapes, deities, animals, plants, gurus, mudras ritual hand gestures , dragons, and other mythic creatures ranging from complex mythological scenes to small, simple ornaments.

For artists, designers, and all with an interest in Buddhist and Tibetan art, this is the first exhaustive reference to the seemingly infinite variety Connect with the sacred art of Buddhism through the creative act of coloring. Buddhist art is rich with symbolism and meaning. Taking the time to color and interact with these symbols and motifs is a simple yet profound way to practice mindfulness and move closer to a greater awareness of one's own essential nature.

The drawings here--all meticulously painted by hand with a small sable brush--relate to the state of being completely awakened and evoke a deep sense of calm and stillness. A concise description of each drawing unravels the many layers of meaning contained within this sacred art, Taking the time to colo Robert Beer ; Keith Dowman.

A richly illustrated collection of stories about the mahasiddhas, spiritual adventurers who attained enlightenment and magical powers by disregarding convention - A modern translation of ancient legends that reveals the human qualities of the rebellious saints known as siddhas and the vital elements of their philosophy - Recounts stories of enlightened masters from all walks of life, including a washerman, a thief, a conman, a gambler, and a whore, and the magical and "crazy" deeds of each, such as walking through walls, flying, talking with birds, and turning people to stone A richly illustrated collection of stories about the mahasiddhas, spiritual adventurers who attained enlightenment and magical powers by disregarding Robert Beer ; Robert Beer.

Robert Beer provides a deep and encompassing insight into the vast array of symbols and attributes that appear within the complex iconography of Tibetan Buddhism. The succinct descriptions that accompany his detailed line drawings reveal the origins, meanings, and functions of these symbols. Beer unravels the multiple layers of symbolism and meaning contained within the iconography, affording the reader a panoramic vision into the deeper dimensions of this sacred Robert Beer provides Robert Lax ; John Beer.

David Jackson ; Janice A. Jackson ; Robert Beer. Finally back in print -- the only book available that gives detailed descriptions of the techniques and principles of the art of Tibetan scroll painting. Explores in detail the background, themes, methods, and materials used to create these wonderful symbolic works. Finally back in print -- the only book available that gives detailed descriptions of the techniques and principles of the art of Tibetan scroll painti