Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture : An Investigation of by Loden Sherap Dagyab

By Loden Sherap Dagyab

During this attention-grabbing research, Dagyab Rinpoche not just explains the 9 best-known teams of Tibetan Buddhist symbols but additionally exhibits how they function bridges among our internal and outer worlds. As such, they are often used to indicate the right way to final truth and to transmit a reservoir of deep wisdom shaped over hundreds of thousands of years.

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By Loden Sherap Dagyab

During this attention-grabbing research, Dagyab Rinpoche not just explains the 9 best-known teams of Tibetan Buddhist symbols but additionally exhibits how they function bridges among our internal and outer worlds. As such, they are often used to indicate the right way to final truth and to transmit a reservoir of deep wisdom shaped over hundreds of thousands of years.

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The idea that the universe consists of nothing but living beings and the environments they have created for themselves is — just as in the case of tendrel — briefly expressed in just two syllables. Without attempting a definition in Western terms, I would like to give a few examples of the function or effect of chü as seen through Tibetan eyes. We say, for example, that an intact and powerful landscape is endowed with chü. If we surrender ourselves to its power, we can draw chü from it for ourselves.

2 Each one of these three types should be well founded, not based on blind faith, the teaching says. The extent to which these conditions are always fulfilled in actual practice is, however, another matter. As for the question of superstition which arises in this connection, I shall return to that later. We have now reached the point where it is unavoidable to speak about the direct influencing of reality by magical means through the use of symbolic objects and substances. What do we mean by magic?

It is preserved and passed on by those who possess it. Whoever possesses a deeper knowledge of the powers, elements, lines, and influencing factors of which this reality is composed can influence it through this knowledge, but always within the framework of the laws of the pattern. Those who share this deeper knowledge within a common cultural frame of reference have, over the course of time, developed a symbolic language in which they can effortlessly make themselves understood and communicate.

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