Saturday, November 23, 2013

Our Life Equation (生命解碼)

How would you like to define ‘life’?


In Tibetan Buddhism, the definition of life is simply:


Life = body + consciousness + light


This is an important equation as it is used extensively in traditional medicine and the ‘Bardo Thotrol’ or better known as ‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’ or ‘中有聞教得度法’ in Chinese.




Our body is comprised of five elements: earth, water, fire, wind and ether. Each is manifested externally as flesh and muscle, body fluid, body heat, breathing and aura.


When we are alive and healthy, these five elements are in balance. When any of these elemental forces are in excess or insufficient; we will fall sick.


When we die, these elemental energies disintegrated.


If we are able to purify these elemental energies, then we can perhaps achieve the legendary ‘rainbow body’.




This is our so call ‘soul’ in modern times. This is known as the eighth or ‘alaya’ consciousness.




The light source is hidden inside our body only to be perceived the ‘bardo’ or ‘in-between’ states of our lives:


When we are alive:


·         The bardo of living

o   Appear between our thoughts

·         The bardo of dream

o   Appear before our dreams

·         The bardo of meditation



When we are dying or after death:


·         The bardo of dying

o   Appear during the dissolution of elemental forces

·         The bardo of actual death

o   Appear consecutively as 42 peaceful and 58 wrathful deities

·         The bardo of reincarnation

o   Appear before rebirth and after the last in-between state


No comments:

Post a Comment