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Buddha literally translates as “Awakened” — referring to One who has Awakened to the True Nature of Reality.
Shakyamuni awoke to the true nature of reality and the true nature of suffering — and gave us remedies for the five poisons that keep us trapped in Samsara: anger, attachment, pride, jealousy, and ignorance.
He taught us that we can all become “Awakened” or Buddha by teaching various skilful means to transform these five poisons into the Five Wisdoms. One of these methods is meditating on the mandala of the Five Buddhas.
The Five Buddhas are often called the Buddhas of the Five Directions. This map-like language is not accidental.
The significance of the “Map of the Mind Universe of the Five Buddhas” is extraordinarily profound. It invites us to be the explorer, to be the adventurer who goes on a journey to meet the great Wisdom Jinas. Rather than viewing the Five Cosmic Buddhas as symbols with attributes, the “seeker of wisdom” can journey in the mind to meet the Five Wisdoms.
To start this journey, it is helpful to have a map, a mandala, to keep us oriented.Part 2 of a 2-part series on the 5 Buddha FamiliesPart 1 of this series: “What does quantum physics have to do with the 5 Buddhas” here>By Lee Kane
A mandala can be thought of as a map for the mind to explore.
In part 1, we discussed the different ways to view the Five Tathagatas: Vairochana, Amitabha, Akshobya, Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi. In part 2, we will discuss the “Map of the Mind Universe” — not a literal map of the Universe, not a chart of stars, nor a dry North, South, East, West, Centre image — but a profound mind-space where we can explore the Five Wisdoms of the Buddhas.
It is not a matter of faith, or superstition, or arbitrary teaching methods. Intellectually understanding the attributes of the Five Buddhas and what the symbolism means is, perhaps, the first step — we explore these attributes thoroughly in part 3 of this series — but the true experiential journey is in the domain of mind, rather than “brain.” This is about actually getting ready for a profound mind journey to experience the Wisdoms of the Five Buddhas and their Families.
By: Lee Kane
Title: A Map of the Mind Universe — the Mandala of the Five Buddhas: a perfect practice; a perfect remedy for the five poisons
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Published Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2020 06:48:54 +0000