The Meaning of Mandala

Article 31 The Meaning of Mandala “A circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.” I imagine the above definition is pretty much what most people think of when the word ‘mandala’ is used. Allow me to take you behind the curtain to what is a most interesting and useful notion yet rarelyContinue reading “The Meaning of Mandala”

A Glimpse of the Sacred

Article 30 A glimpse of the Sacred Whilst driving through sub-par Mexican country roads on the way to a rather nice local thermal pool in Veracruz, I was asked ‘how do you make a space sacred?’ I was a little taken aback because I regard that as a rather huge topic about which volumes couldContinue reading “A Glimpse of the Sacred”

Help! My brain is like a TV set!

Article 29 Help! My brain is like a TV set!! If the underlying nature of mind is formless and body is form and speech is some sort of intermediary blending of the two, what is individual mind? We all seem to have one. Even an individual ant, though part of the Insect Kingdom’s Borg-like hiveContinue reading “Help! My brain is like a TV set!”

Mind, Space, Body and Ego

Article 28 Mind, Space, Body and Ego We have the visible world of form and the invisible, formless world, posited earlier as two sides of any given reality, which just so happens to be what’s behind basic yin-yang theory. In more immediate human terms we have body and mind, with speech being a third, intermediateContinue reading “Mind, Space, Body and Ego”

Reality is a Fantastical Creation

Article 27 Reality is a Fantastical Creation We imagine realms which in turn reflect back as actual places and situations – beautiful and ugly homes or streets, loving or dysfunctional families and so forth. According to some traditions, this sort of thing also determines what sort of situations we are born into including place, statusContinue reading “Reality is a Fantastical Creation”

Of Leaders and Projections

Article 26 Of Leaders and Projections “So what does all this have to do with the key moments of heightened awareness and intensity, be they clutch plays in a championship game, or bardo moments of intense brilliance, let alone leaders and followers or ‘group dynamics in the context of focus?’ Stay tuned….” (from Focus inContinue reading “Of Leaders and Projections”

The Great Switcheroo

Article 25 The Great Switcheroo What happens to a fish taken out of water? It soon dies and so is soon no longer a fish. Does the fish exist separate from the water it is born, lives and (usually) dies in? Similarly, do any forms exist outside the container of space? No. Now leaving asideContinue reading “The Great Switcheroo”

Masculine and Feminine, Take One

Article 24 Masculine and Feminine Take One (edited from initial July 21st version) As contemplated and systematized extensively in the Chinese yin-yang theory tradition, it seems we live in a world that always has two sides. In Buddhist philosophical jargon these are called ‘form’ and ‘formless.’ There are many other such pairs such as: masculineContinue reading “Masculine and Feminine, Take One”

The All-Pervasive Realm of Speech

aka: Who’s talking? Article 23: The Realm of Speech This writer, like many I suspect, can get a little entangled in his own verbiage. Perhaps this is because I began to see common threads and themes in this series of articles and started to feel obliged to explain thematic linkage even though there is noContinue reading “The All-Pervasive Realm of Speech”

Spacious Attention

Article 22 Focus in Space In the previous set of articles, have been hovering around a cluster of ideas like a butterfly, lightly touching on one before flitting to the next. But they are all very much related being different flowers, if you will, on the same plant. Some of the elements: heightened moments: howContinue reading “Spacious Attention”