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posted : 2008.Dec.25 @ 5.48pm

"Thus hath been opened thee,

This Truth of TruthzZz, the Mystery more hid

Than any Secret Mystery..." ~ The Bhagavad Gita

 

 

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posted : 2008.Dec.25 @ 10.22pm

These three images you've posted are of Avalokitesvara,

goddess of compassion, also here depicted above the Dalai Lama's head :

 

Dalai Lama by Alex Grey

 

 From Wikipedia :

 Avalokiteśvara (Sanskrit: अवलोकितेश्वर , lit. "Lord who looks down") is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. He is one of the more widely revered bodhisattvas in mainstream Mahayana Buddhism. In China and its sphere of cultural influence, Avalokiteśvara is often depicted in a female form known as Guan Yin. (However, in Taoist mythology, Guan Yin has other origination stories which are unrelated to Avalokiteśvara.)








posted : 2008.Dec.26 @ 2.53am

Avolokitesvara appears at the city-temples of Angkor Thom in Cambodia within the Bayon. The Boddhisattva of Angkor is said by archaeologists to represent King Jayavarman of the 12th century...

 

Bayon Boddhissatva

 

The Bayon








posted : 2008.Dec.26 @ 5.41am

bows to the buddha of compassion ~

the following is the dalai lama's favorite verse.

 

"For as long as space shall endure,

and for as long as living beings remain,

may I, too, abide to dispel the misery of the world".

 

~ Shantideva, 8th Century

 

» Bodhisattva Vows








posted : 2008.Dec.26 @ 5.54am

 

art by Luke Brown

 

 Wikipedia » Mahakala

 

Mahakala is relied upon in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. However, he is depicted in a number of variations, each with distinctly different qualities and aspects. He is also regarded as the emanation of different beings in different cases, namely Avalokiteshvara (Tib: Chenrezig) or Chakrasamvara (Tib: Korlo Demchog, Wylie: ’khor-lo bde-mchog).

 

Mahakala is typically black in color. Just as all colors are absorbed and dissolved into black, all names and forms are said to melt into those of Mahakala, symbolizing his all-embracing, comprehensive nature. Black can also represent the total absence of color, and again in this case it signifies the nature of Mahakala as ultimate or absolute reality. This principle is known in Sanskrit as "nirguna", beyond all quality and form, and it is typified by both interpretations.

 

Mahakala is almost always depicted with a crown of five skulls, which representing the transmutation of the five kleshas (negative afflictions) into the five wisdoms.

 

The most notable variation in Mahakala's manifestations and depictions is in the number of arms, but other details can vary as well. For instance, in some cases there are Mahakalas in white, with multiple heads, without genitals, standing on varying numbers of various things, holding various implements, with alternative adornments, and so on.

 

 







    

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