Friday, September 28, 2012

And some simply call it by the name "ordinary awareness."

Some call it by the name Alaya or "the basis of everything."

Some call it by the name Dharmadhatu or "the dimension of Reality."

Some call it by the name "the Unique Sphere."

Some call it by the name Mahamudra or "the Great Symbol."

Some call it the name Tathagata-garbha or "the embryo of Buddhahood."

Some call it the Prajnaparamita or "the Perfection of Wisdom."

Some call it by the name Dharmadhatu or "the dimension of Reality."

The Sravakas call it the doctrine of Anatman or "the absence of a self."

The Chittamatrins call it by the name Chitta or "the Mind."

Some Tirthikas call it by the name Atman or "the Self."

Tibetan men share a story, holding ceremonial red blindfolds, sitting on the lawn, Sakya Lamdre, Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Unfinished portrait of Padmasambhava receiving and amplifying blessings as light, while dancing on his pink lotus flower, near the old downstair shrine, Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Seattle, Washington, USA

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Forklift operator recycling paper boxes behind a commercial strip mall, Aurora Avenue, Seattle, Washington, USA

Forklift operator recycling paper boxes behind a commercial strip mall, Aurora Avenue, Seattle, Washington, USA

An example of special relativity

These have a commonly included feature of space, distance and time -- structures such as relationships shown marked out by the concrete grid, which brings us to the topic of human interactions. Interactions with nature, with each other, and with ourselves.

"I do not know how the third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth—rocks!"

Steve D's Haircut

Steve D's Haircut by Wonderlane
Steve D's Haircut, a photo by Wonderlane on Flickr.

His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya leads the sangha in reflection on the initiation and vows, monks, lamas, students, shrine set up with formal offerings, flower seed pod decor, marigolds, Sakya Lamdre, Tharlam Monastery, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wrathful torma offering for yidam, silk cover, mandala on silver mandala plate, Sakya Lamdre, 13 Golden Dharmas, Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal 1990

Elizabeth Michela fashionista designers Ballard Seattle Washington

Black cat, garden flowers, and bell tower

HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, checking the time, Rabjam Rinpoche, Dhungsey Ani Sakya, 1976, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, Washington, USA

Under a giant statue of Lord Buddh, shrine, His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche leads prayers, monks and sangha members, photos of Sakya lamas, with a central portrait of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama, Tharlam Monastery, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Elliott, a mastiff, takes a rest in the grass, with a bone, trees, bamboo fence with 1930's (second hand) trim details, Garden for the Buddha, Seattle, Washington, USA

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monks begin to roll out Tibetan carpets and silk chair covers over wood chairs for the senior Sakya Lamas, Sakya Lamdre, Tharlam Monastery Courtyard, Tibetan Buddhism, many monks and nuns, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overall progress on a Garden for the Buddha, mist coming in like a cloud, fence details painted, lawn growing in, Seattle, Washington, USA

Reverse side of painting, patrons, Karl Krogstad, artist, gallery opening, Ballard, Seattle, Washington, USA

Gospel of Karl Krogstad, framed art, gallery, Support Our Troops t-shirt, Ballard, Seattle, Washington, USA

An elder vaquero (cowboy) enjoys the water playing over a classical fountain, white painted tree trunks, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Water plays over classical fountain, foaming and frothing, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Boudha Stupa, eyes of the Buddha, fresh yellow lotus petal wash, new prayer flags, overcast day, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, prayer mudra, pink roses in a pink vase, shells, red candle holder, brass lamp, framed document, mirror, Seattle, Washington, USA

Tibetan Woman with flower and katag offerings, wearing a dzi stone ring, memorial wrist bracelet to Tibetan prisoners, and mala, Tharlam Monastery Courtyard, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Taking the lit incense out of the shrine, offerings, a cloud of incense, Bodhisattva Day, Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rural Mexican church, white with red trim, adobe, bell, arch, cross, white sand, Saguaro cactus, graveyard, blue sky, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Our Lady of Guadalupe, jeweled beads, angel, flowers, Mexican national flags, framed, Christmas decor, restaurant and gas station, rural Baja California Sur, Mexico

Rural Mexican Cowboy Restaurant and Gas Station, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Horse Saddle in the rafters, desert rest stop, Highway 1, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Wow! 4-year old grandson in a Spiderman t-shirt, Mack Hollis, wearing an original Boma Cho sweatshirt, Lake City, Seattle, Washington, USA

Fire licks the wooden box, Broadview, Seattle, Washington, USA

Lord Buddha and Quan Yin in stone shrine enclosure on pedestals, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dilgo Khyentse and Dagchen Sakya with students, group portrait, 1976, Seattle Washington USA

O my fortunate sons (and daughters) listen!


Kye-ho! by Wonderlane
Kye-ho!, a photo by Wonderlane on Flickr.

This introduction to the manifest Primordial State of the Victorious One is disclosed by the following method for entering into the practice where there exists no antecedent or subsequent practices.

Indeed, the Victorious Ones do not teach anything other than the understanding of this.

Even though there exist unlimited numbers of scriptures, equal in their extent to the sky, yet with respect to the real meaning, there are three statements that will introduce you to your own intrinsic awareness.