By Judith Simmer-Brown
The first logo of the female in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or "sky-dancer," a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, desires, and meditation reviews. Western students and interpreters of the dakini, stimulated through Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology, have formed a modern critique of Tibetan Buddhism within which the dakini is obvious as a mental "shadow," a female savior, or an objectified fabricated from patriarchal fable. in keeping with Judith Simmer-Brown—who writes from the perspective of an skilled practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism—such interpretations are insufficient.
In the religious trip of the meditator, Simmer-Brown demonstrates, the dakini symbolizes degrees of private consciousness: the sacredness of the physique, either male and female; the profound assembly aspect of physique and brain in meditation; the visionary realm of formality perform; and the empty, spacious characteristics of brain itself. whilst the meditator encounters the dakini, residing non secular adventure is activated in a nonconceptual demeanour via her direct gaze, her radiant physique, and her compassionate revelation of truth. Grounded within the author's own stumble upon with the dakini, this certain research will attract either female and male religious seekers drawn to goddess worship, women's spirituality, and the tantric culture.
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It is the promise of salvation, not in an illusory future but right here and now. 42 You may find it hard to recognize that time is the cause of your suffering or your problems. You believe that they are caused by specific situations in your life, and seen from a conventional viewpoint, this is true. But until you have dealt with the basic problem-making dysfunction of the mind - its attachment to past and future and denial of the Now - problems are actually interchangeable. If all your problems or perceived causes of suffering or unhappiness were miraculously removed for you today, but you had not become more present, more conscious, you would soon find yourself with a similar set of problems or causes of suffering, like a shadow that follows you wherever you go.
It is as if the pain becomes fuel for the flame of your consciousness, which then burns more brightly as a result. This is the esoteric meaning of the ancient art of alchemy. the transmutation of base metal into gold, of suffering into consciousness. The split within is healed, and you become whole again. Your responsibility then is not to create further pain. Let me summarize the process. Focus attention on the feeling inside you. Know that it is the pain-body. Accept that it is there. Don't think about it - don't let the feeling turn into thinking.
43 Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real. " It is called the Now. Narrow your life down to this moment. Your life situation may be full of problems - most life situations are but find out if you have any problem at this moment. Not tomorrow or in ten minutes, but now. Do you have a problem now? When you are full of problems, there is no room for anything new to enter, no room for a solution. So whenever you can, make some room, create some space, so that you find the life underneath your life situation.