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“Where the mind goes, the body follows” is an ancient unattributed wisdom saying — although it is credited to Arnold Schwarzenegger in modern times. Arnie was probably paraphrasing a quote often attributed to Zhang San Feng, the Taoist monk who developed the martial art Tai Chi:
“The chi flows where the mind goes.” Martial artists understand this concept immediately. You want to break a board, think through the board. Bodybuilders like Arnie, “think through the pain.” Tai Chi, an inner body-oriented, martial art is almost entirely focused on the concept of “chi flow where the mind goes.”
This modern quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger is proably paraphrased from the ancient Tai Chi saying.
Mandala — the Universe in a word
Mandala is a Sanskrit word that literally means “circle,” but is a symbol representing the “universe.” In one sense, you could say body mandala brings the entire universe (mandala) within our bodies. In the case of divine mandalas, where the energies of the universe are represented as deity forms, we bring that form within. And, of course, “where the mind goes, the body follows” — in other words, though it’s a visualization, we literally are working with those energies at some level.
In Tantric Buddhism, when we visualize a “seed syllable” of an Enlightened deity at our heart chakra, we are working with the most basic of body mandalas: usually a syllable on a lotus at our heart.
In the most basic of “body mandalas” you visualize your own body as hollow, the nature of divine light, and in the centre of your chest you visualize the HRI seed syllable. The HRI syllable symbolizes your consciousness.
Once mastered, body mandala — not to be confused with other mandalas such as sand and outer deity mandalas — is the most profound and effective of Tantric techniques. Given the importance of “mind” in Buddhism, this should not be surprising. Advanced body mandalas, where the energies of many Enlightened deities are visualized in a mandala in the inner body, are the most profound of practices.
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By: Lee Kane
Title: Body mandala practice in Vajrayana Tantric Buddhism — and riding the winds of the inner body “Where mind goes, the body follows”
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Published Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2020 20:55:45 +0000