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Mandalas

The mandala of our life

Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life. We enter a room, and the room is our mandala. We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala, down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner. We go for a hike in the mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala: the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peeks, even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner. We’re lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala. We don’t set it up, we don’t get to choose what or who shows up in it. It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, “the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete.” And we embrace it just as it is.
Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually. There’s not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn’t the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn’t a doorway to the sacred world. But it’s up to you whether your life is a mandala of neurosis or a mandala of sanity.”

– Pema Chödron

from the book “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change”
ISBN: 978-1590309636 – https://amzn.to/19fUPju

With thanks to Just Dharma Quotes

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Om mani padme hum

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche says

Carved stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” along the paths of Zangskar

“The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Pä, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
“So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones[12]

Source: Om mani padme hum – Wikipedia


No mud, no lotus

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” The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The second meaning, which is related to the first is purification. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness. The third meaning refers to faithfulness. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be faithful followers. The Mandala is a creation consisting of circles which start at the center and extend outward. The circle, a primeval natural form, the stars, snowflakes, tree trunks, has served as an inspiration to humankind since the dawn of history. People from various cultures discovered that the creation of circular forms facilitated the expression of inner cosmic entities. For the observer the mandala offers many gifts: it calms the mind, opens the heart and develops clarity. This mandala is capable of enhancing intimacy and arousing unconditional love.”

Mandala by Eitan Kedmy