Summer Break

Honey In the Heart by Oer-WoutIt is about that time! SUMMER BREAK!

No Buddhist retreat, just a break away from the Internet. As I really do not know how to take proper breaks, I have decided to look it up and publish a short note. Just a reminder should I log back in to post. But, I have not decided yet on reblogs…

Well, see you all in a couple of months! Enjoy your Summer (or Winter if you live on the other side of the equator.) Continue reading

Ten Realms Ten Powers

Seven Deities Banishing AsuraDharma Realm
By Alan Koo

This is the general term for the “things”, noumenal or phenomenal. In Buddhism, there are ten states of existence, which are also called Ten Dharma Realms. Each Dharma realm has its own characteristics, and its existence is attributed to the retribution of the beings. These ten realms do not appear to be discrete in their forms, as their existence is virtually determined by the state of mind. Therefore, it is important to note that the ten Dharma realms are not beyond a single thought. Continue reading

Oz and the Mandala

the-wizard-of-oz-glitter-mapContinued from Part 1

One of the things to note is that Oz has a central green area, the Emerald City, surrounded by four regions, each with a different symbolic color (blue, yellow, red, and purple), within the overall shape of a four-sided figure. The land is bounded on all four sides by an impassable desert, a “ring-pass-not,” that isolates Oz from all other lands. These ingredients of the topography of Oz–the impassable barrier, the four­-sidedness, the symbolic colors, the circle, and the center–are also the ingredients of a mandala.

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Wizard In the Mandala

The Wizard of Oz: The Perilous Journey
By John Algeo
Reprint from Quest 6.2 (1993 Summer): 48-55 and American Theosophist 74 (1986): 291-7.

Although The Wizard is an extraordinarily popular story, both in America and abroad, few people know that its author, L.Frank Baum, was a member of the Theosophical Society and wrote about Theosophy in a newspaper he edited for some sixteen months in Aberdeen, South Dakota. And fewer yet have recognized that his great American fairy tale is also a Theosophical allegory.

The plot of The Wizard, for anyone who has not seen Continue reading

Mandala Chakras

Therapy - MandalasTHERAPEUTIC FUNCTION OF THE MANDALA
By Surya Mandalas [edited by 7M]

The Mandala balance the chakras by means of colours and meditating to connect to the logical side of our brain through sacred geometric forms. The Mandala will send impulses through the mind to the receivers of the brain where the signals will be processed and a reaction will be obtained.

Meditating with Mandalas heals as much on the physical level as the psychic and spiritual level. As you meditate, it is very probable that you experience alterations in consciousness, like Continue reading

Mandala Minded

What is a Mandala?
By Mandala Nomadess

“The symmetries, repetitions and contrasts of mandala patterns create a hypnotic effect that can cause positive changes in the rhythms of your brainwaves.” Tenzin-Dolma

What is a mandala for me personally?  Besides being a form of artistic expression that I have been completely fascinated with for over 25 years, mandala design has become a form of therapy and meditation in my own personal life.

I have drawn mandalas, painted mandalas, cut and soldered stained glass mandalas and crocheted Continue reading

Jung’s Shadow

hugh-kretschmer-real-surreal-photographs-2The Shadow
Carl Jung
(From Understanding Dreams (112-113)

WHEREAS the contents of the personal unconscious are acquired during the individual’s lifetime, the contents of the collective unconscious are invariably archetypes that were present from the beginning. Their relation to the instincts has been discussed elsewhere. The archetypes most clearly characterized from the empirical point of view are those which have the most frequent and the most disturbing influence on the ego. These are the shadow, the anima, and the animus. The most accessible of these, and the easiest to experience, is the shadow, for its nature can in large measure be inferred from the contents of the Continue reading

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