37 point mandala symbolism

37 point mandala symbolism

Postby dakini_boi » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:53 pm

According to WOMPT, each element on the 37-point mandala has several levels of meaning, corresponding to different levels of practice. This symbolism is not described in the text, instead the reader is referred to Jigme Lingpa's Detailed Commentary on the Condensed Meaning (dgongs 'dus rnam bshad). Does anyone know if this is translated into English, or if there is any other text in English that explains this symbolism? Dudjom Rinpoche's long ngondro commentary has beautiful descriptions of the 37 elements, but doesn't really go into the different levels of symbolism.
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Re: 37 point mandala symbolism

Postby Konchog1 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:17 pm

Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

-Ra Lotsawa, All-pervading Melodious Drumbeats
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Re: 37 point mandala symbolism

Postby dakini_boi » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:44 pm

Thank you, Konchog. However this isn't quite what I was looking for, I am interested in the specific symbolic meaning of each element of the mandala.
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Re: 37 point mandala symbolism

Postby futerko » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:19 pm

we cannot get rid of God because we still believe in grammar - Nietzsche
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