Resting as Consciousness with the mandala wisdom as our guide, everything falls into place at last.
I hope you enjoy my articles. The various inter-related categories of my writing are described below, and my coaching and teaching work is described below that. Hover your mouse pointer over the categories in the top menu above to reveal the drop-down sub-menus, and to see listings of the articles in date order.
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There are currently 43 articles in this introductory series on the psychology of the mandala, which I called ‘Meditation Guidance’. I strongly recommend this series of articles to anyone who is new to the Mandala of Love website. The first 34 summaries are now available – by clicking here, or on image below. For more information on this series, see my description further down this page.
Click on the title above to read the first article in a series of twelve articles, which together take a very deep, broad and detailed look at what recognising the emptiness of the rūpa skandha, the ‘form-creating’ skandha, might mean in practice. This series is part of a larger series of articles, which can be found under the ‘5 Wisdoms’ menu above, and in which I will cover each of the five skandhas in turn. To read from the beginning of the ‘5 Wisdoms’ series click here.
The fact that the rūpa skandha is associated, in the Bardo Thodol, with both the Mirror-Like Wisdom and the Buddhist ‘Hell Realms’ (with their archetypal imagery of inhumane mental judgement, condemnation and hatred – leading to horrible tortures and punishments), establishes a very clear archetypal association between the rūpa skandha and the Thinking function of the mind. The rūpa skandha however, is usually rendered, not by more accurate and descriptive words like as ‘conceptualisation’, or ‘conceptual form’, but simply as ‘Form’. Rūpa is therefore also frequently associated with ‘the body’ in the concrete, sensory, corporeal sense of the word – an associations that is best reserved for vedanā, the skandha of Sensing, or Sensation. These articles aim to recover the great power of the Buddha’s ‘Five Skandhas‘ teaching by addressing this area of confusion.