Thursday, September 6, 2018

God In The Great Perfection (大圆满里的神)

Although Tibtean Buddhism does not explicitly mention the one and only Almighty God. There is a similar concept hidden inside the teaching of Great Perfection as primordial Buddha and consort: The Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri (普贤王父母). Both of them are the personalization of the state of emptiness.

The mantra for both is:

Om samantabhadra om, samantabhadri siddhi ah ah ah~

The meaning:

Returning to the primordial state of vastness and stay in this state forever.

The Samantabhadra and consort is the highest order of refuge in Ningmapa tradition while to other schools, the highest order of refuge is the Vajradhara. The believe of Samantabhadra is refuted by the Gelupa Sect.

In the actual Great Perfection (Dzongchen) practice, all visualization of deities and mantra recitations are halted and the practitioner's body, speech and mind are trained through a set of physical and mental exercises so as to drop his/her habitual clinging onto forms.

He/she should also be well versed in the teaching of Madhyamaka (大中观论) and perform meditation according to the secret instructions of previous masters. The core of Madhyamaka teach us not to grasp on side; in short "it is not in the center or sitting on the fence".

The meditation of Great Perfection is pretty simple too: concentrate your mind through your eyes into the space in front of you. Hold this state for as long as you can.

The Great Perfection in short conforms to the 3 states: Original state - peaceful state - volatile state. This also conforms to the God's 3 states: Creation - Happy - Destruction.

The final resting of the place of a Great Perfection practitioner is in the state of 'ah' or in the center of the dharmadatu (法界心中心); of we can decipher it to 'resting in the heart of God' forever.

On the event of Judgement Day, all practitioners are awakened by the syllable 'hum'.

So, there is no conflict in Dzongchen teaching with the belief of God. This is the 'Dummy's Guide for Great Perfection' in just a few words. Dzongchen is not so far reached after all.

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