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Is Tibetan Lamaism Buddhism? (17)
Mandala's Dream of Conquering the World

21 June 2008

Is Tibetan Lamaism Buddhism? (1) - A Culture of Black Magic
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (2) - Dalai Lama's Black Magic
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (3) - The 5th Reting Lama
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (4) - Tibetan Lamas & Politics
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (5) - A World Power
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (6) - A World Power
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (7) - "I'm Just a Monk"
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (8) - Yin-yang in Lamaism"
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (9) - Transforming Spirits
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (10) - Yin-yang Double Cultivation
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (11) - The Treasonous Human Waste
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (12) - The Kalachakra Tantra
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (13) - The Abhisheka Ritual
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (14) - The Secret Rituals
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (15) - The Shambhala Myth
Is Lamaism Buddhism? (16) - The Shambhala War

Tibetan Lamaism views the entire cosmos as an enlarged version of Mandala with the centre and the peripheries. At the centre it raises a holy mountain Meru that services as energy source, while around the edge a giant iron wheel keeps spinning.

In a typical simplistic black-and-while perspective of Lamaism, the world situation can be categorized into two types: order and chaos, and the way to transform chaos into order is by unobstructed expansion of Mandala.

Mandala, with its rigid hierarchical structure, perfectly represents Lamaism's idea of order, which believes that everything in the world - from global politics to Tangkat drawing - must have centre and periphery to be considered as normal and legitimate. Take the physical layout of Tibet region, for example: Lhasa sits in the middle and is encircled by snowy mountains around the edge; within Lhasa, Jokhang Monastery is the centre; and within the monastery, the sacrificial altar is at the central point. The same principle also applies to matters in theoretical or conceptual domains: when it comes to Lamaist politics, Dalai resides at the centre with the rest of Tibetan lamas surrounded him in a hierarchical arrangement.

Thus it is understandable that in every Lamaist ritual, the presentation of a model Mandala is compulsory and essential. However, none Mandala presentation is more elaborate than that in Kalachakra ritual, in which each line and dot contains symbolic meanings that are explicitly explained in Kalachakra Tantra.

In a typical Mandala model made of coloured sands, there is an icon in the middle symbolizing the sacred mountain Meru; in the mountain there stands a holy temple; in the temple resides a divine couple, Time God Karachakra and Time Goddess Vishvamata. Around in peripheries, 722 lesser Tibetan gods inhabit five layered rings, each has a female companion by its side.

The innermost circle of Mandala is called “Ultimate Happiness” which is home to Kalachakra who is represented by the image of a blue Vajra and accompanied by ten wisdom women symbolised by nine lotus flowers and Time Goddess Vishvamata.

The space one layer outer is named “Enlightened Wisdom” where Lamaist deities (Tibetan Lamas like to call them Buddhas, which is considered as an insult to their faith by many Buddhists) and their female companions are frozen in the posture of everlasting love making.

The outermost layers are dubbed “Enlightened Language” and “Physical Body” where 360 spirits are participating in a group sex carnival.

Encircling the Five Layered Mandala are six rings, with the innermost two rings serving as storage to deposit Lamaist treasures and perceived universal elements. The third and forth rings are graveyards where evil witches dwell, while the outmost circle signifies doomsday.

Prior to building a Mandala model, the presiding lama would chat prayer like this: O, you invincible god of wisdom, Kalachakra, I bow to you, and invite you to manifest your divine presence in this holy Mandala.

In the next step the lamas proceed to "clean the site” by vanquishing the local deities to make room for Lamaist gods. During the cleaning process, a lama would transform himself in his mind into a demon called Vajravega that has an eerier blue body, three necks and 24 hands, adorned with poisonous snakes and human bones. In his dark heart 60 vicious devils grow big rapidly and eventually burst out of his body through his ears, noses, eyes, mouth, urethra and arse. Amazingly this true demonic blue being is said to be no other but the alter self of His Almighty Holiness the Time God Kalachakra.

After Kalachakra's demonic manifestation have subdued and killed non-Lamaist local deities by nailing their imaginary bodies to the ground with ten daggers, the residing lama would proudly declare to the world: In this location, I will build a Mandala I envisaged in my mind.

By the time he has courageously accomplished his mission of invading and conquering the land of non-believers’ in his wild imagination, he would become so bloodthirsty that the bloodsuck demons would pop out from everywhere on his body, and soon the whole site is believed to be under full occupation of the evil spirits.

In the end of the ritual, the presiding lama picks up sands from a few different locations in the model Mandala and places them into a plate, indicating that he has absorbed the energy of all those vanquished non-believers. Once that is done, he destroys the Mandala and pours the sands into a river as his offering to the snake god.

When he returns to the site, he will sit on the ground and announce to the world by sounding a copper bell in his hand that he is now the ruler of both yin and yang, past and future, external and internal. One more piece of non-believers land has been conquered and taken over by Lamaism. What an achievement!

Tibetan lamas forever love to tell non-believers and those who believe differently that their game of repeatedly building then destroying a Mandala is to reveal the impermanence of all that exists. But that is a lie.

The true motivation behind their apparent foolish acts has more to do with solid eternity, as Lamaism believes that what have been destroyed are just external Mandalas, yet the internal Mandalas in lamas' minds will stay permanently and keep expanding. The more land to be conquered in their imagination, the more energy will be absorbed by Mandala in Shambhala. And this is the reason why Tibetan lamas are keeping playing this game tirelessly and playing it in everywhere around the world.

Is Lamaism Buddhism? (18) - Dalai Mama's Top Adviser

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Human Bridge

In the powerful China earthquake a bridge that serves as the only link between a junior high and remote mountain villages where students live collapsed. Fortunately the water was not deep, so next day the students walked across the river to the school. But later that day a violent thunderstorm with heavy rain caused the river to swell, and when the students returned from school they found shallow flow having been transformed into a turbulent stream. Just at the time they were at their wit's end, something unthinkable happened: 33 "Uncles PLA" working on repairing the bridge lied face down on the bare bridge chains to allow the kids to cross the river over their bodies.

(Source of info and oritinal photos: 易海军 刘富忠, ,



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