Documentary on Psychedelic Trance Culture May be interesting to some! Trailer: Synopsis In Electronic Awakening, director Andrew Johner lifts the veil on an underground spiritual movement that has developed within electronic music cultures worldwide. Featuring: Goa Gil Erik Davis Daniel Pinchbeck Robin Sylvan Susan Brunswick The Wicked Crew DJ Random The Oracle MoonTribe Tribal Harmonix And many more…. __________________ And at the onset of trance, the spirit of the creature enters the body of the dancer, enabling him to reach a transcendental state.
Noble Eightfold Path Basic principles of Buddhism The eight spoke Dharma wheel symbolizes the Noble Eightfold Path In Buddhist symbolism, the Noble Eightfold Path is often represented by means of the dharma wheel (dharmachakra), in which its eight spokes represent the eight elements of the path. Etymology and nomenclature The Pali term ariya aṭṭhaṅgika magga (Sanskrit: āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) is typically translated in English as "Noble Eightfold Path". This translation is a convention started by the early translators of Buddhist texts into English, just like ariya sacca is translated as Four Noble Truths. All eight elements of the Path begin with the word samyañc (in Sanskrit) or sammā (in Pāli) which means "right, proper, as it ought to be, best". The Buddhist texts contrast samma with its opposite miccha. The Eightfold Path Origin According to Indologist Tilmann Vetter, the description of the Buddhist path may initially have been as simple as the term the middle way. Liberation (...)
Buddhist vegetarianism In Buddhism, the views on vegetarianism vary between different schools of thought. According to Theravada, the Buddha allowed his monks to eat pork, chicken and beef if the monk was aware that the animal was not killed on their behalf. Theravada also believes that the Buddha allowed the monks to choose a vegetarian diet, but only prohibited them from eating human, elephant, horse, dog, cat, lion, tiger, bear, leopard, and slug flesh. According to Theravada, the Buddha did not prohibit any kind of meat-eating for his lay followers. In Vajrayana, the act of eating meat is not always prohibited. The Mahayana schools generally recommend a vegetarian diet, for some believe that the Buddha insisted that his followers should not eat the flesh of any sentient being. Monks of the Mahayana traditions that follow the Brama Net Sutra are forbidden by their vows from eating flesh of any kind. Views of different schools Theravada View Mahayana view Theravada Mahayana
Manjushri mantra Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih With a diacritic font installed, the mantra is transliterated thus: Oṃ A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhīḥ Manjushri is a Bodhisattva who represents wisdom, and his mantra also symbolizes that quality. Om is a mystical syllable (see Om Shanti Shanti Shanti for more details). The syllables between Om and the concluding Dhiih are the first syllables of a syllabary called the arapacana because it begins with A RA PA CA and NA. The individual syllables A RA PA CA and NA have no conceptual meaning, although they are seen as having symbolic connections with various spiritual qualities. Here’s the schema laid out in the Large Sutra of Perfect Wisdom (adapted from Conze): These are all important concepts in the Perfection of Wisdom, although to say they are concepts is a bit limiting — really they’re attempts to describe the indescribable nature of reality. Dhiih is defined as meaning: There’s more material on Manjushri below. You can listen to this mantra on a Youtube version… Audio Player
Saṃsāra (Buddhism) Samsara is the continual repetitive cycle of birth and death that arises from ordinary beings' grasping and fixating on a self and experiences. Specifically, samsara refers to the process of cycling through one rebirth after another within the six realms of existence.[a][b] Each of these six realms can be understood as a physical realm or a psychological state characterized by a specific type of suffering. The nineteenth century Tibetan lama Patrul Rinpoche explains the cyclic nature of samsara as follows: The term samsara, the wheel or round of existence, is used here to mean going round and round from one place to another in a circle, like a potter's wheel, or the wheel of a water mill. Contemporary scholar Rupert Gethin emphasizes this point as follows: ...beings generally rise and fall, and fall and rise through the various realms, now experiencing unhappiness, now experiencing happiness. So we have six realms. We tend to say, "Oh yes. Samsara is also characterized by impermanence.
Rumi Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد بلخى), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد رومی), Mawlānā or Molānā (Persian: مولانا, meaning Our Master), Mawlawī or Molavi (Persian: مولوی, meaning My Master), and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the "most popular poet in America. Name Life Jalal ad-Din Rumi gathers Sufi mystics. Why should I seek? Hussam implored Rumi to write more. Teachings Major works Poetic works
Skandha Skandhas (Sanskrit) or khandhas (Pāḷi) means "heaps, aggregates, collections, groupings". In Buddhism, it refers to the five aggregates of clinging (Pancha-upadanakkhanda), the five bodily and mental factors that take part in the rise of craving and clinging. They are also explained as the five factors that constitute and explain a sentient being’s person and personality, but this is a later interpretation in response to sarvastivadin essentialism. The five aggregates or heaps are: form (or matter or body) (rupa), sensations (or feelings, received from form) (vedana), perceptions (samjna), mental activity or formations (sankhara), and consciousness (vijnana). Etymology Skandha (स्कन्ध) is a Sanskrit word that means "multitude, quantity, aggregate", generally in the context of body, trunk, stem, empirically observed gross object or anything of bulk verifiable with senses. The term appears in the Vedic literature. Description of the five skandhas Mahayana
Three poisons (Buddhism) The three poisons are represented in the center of the wheel of life as a pig, a bird, and a snake. Jeffrey Hopkins states: [It is] ignorance that drives the entire process... [Ignorance] isn't just an inability to apprehend the truth but an active misapprehension of the status of oneself and all other objects—one's own mind or body, other people, and so forth. It is the conception or assumption that phenomena exist in a far more concrete way than they actually do. Based on this misapprehension of the status of persons and things, we are drawn into afflictive desire and hatred [i.e. attachment and aversion]... Ringu Tulku states: In the Buddhist sense, ignorance is equivalent to the identification of a self as being separate from everything else. From this identification stems the dualistic view, since once there is an "I," there are also "others." On the one hand there are those things that seem to threaten or undermine us. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche states: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche states:
Mudra A mudrā ( i/muːˈdrɑː/; Sanskrit: मुद्रा "seal", "mark", or "gesture"; Tibetan. ཕྱག་རྒྱ་, chakgya) is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudrās involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions and traditions of Dharma and Taoism. One hundred and eight mudras are used in regular Tantric rituals. Nomenclature and etymology The Chinese translation is yin (Chinese: 印; pinyin: yìn) or yinxiang (Chinese: 印相; pinyin: yìnxiàng). Iconography According to Jamgon Kongtrul in his commentary on the Hevajra Tantra, the symbolic bone ornaments (Skt: aṣṭhiamudrā; Tib: rus pa'i rgyanl phyag rgya) are also known as "mudra" or "seals". Indian classical dance In Indian classical dance the term "Hasta Mudra" (hasta is Sanskrit for hand) is used. Yogic mudrās Basic mudrā: Chin Mudrā
Christianity in the 16th century In 16th-century Christianity, Protestantism came to the forefront and marked a significant change in the Christian world. Age of Discovery The expansion of the Catholic Portuguese Empire and Spanish Empire with a significant roled played by the Roman Catholic Church led to the Christianization of the indigenous populations of the Americas such as the Aztecs and Incas. Later waves of colonial expansion such as the Scramble for Africa or the struggle for India by the Netherlands, England, France, Germany and Russia led to Christianization of other native populations across the globe, eclipsing that of the Roman period and making it a truly global religion. Protestant Reformation The Renaissance yielded scholars the ability to read the scriptures in their original languages, and this in part stimulated the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther and Lutheranism Luther's 95 Theses Martin Luther, by Lucas Cranach the Elder Widening breach First edition of Exsurge Domine.
Other Prayers Other Prayers As I Walk with Beauty (Apparently this is another verion of "Walk in Beauty") As I walk, as I walk The universe is walking with me In beauty it walks before me In beauty it walks behind me In beauty it walks below me In beauty it walks above me Beauty is on every side As I walk, I walk with Beauty. --Traditional Navajo Prayer AUM. --excerpt from The Mandukya Upanishad. Aum Namah Shivaya Mantra Elizabeth Gilbert explained in Pray, Eat, Love, that the chant provided by her Guru was "Om Namah Shivaya" which she explained meant "I honor the divinity with in me." Shiva is the true Self, the inner Self--all else is falsehood, doubt, and illusion. Aum Namah Shivaya (pronounced as Aum Num-ha Shi-why) In this mantra, the one who repeats the mantra bows to Shiva--her/his true self. Blessing Over Food This ritual is one. --Hindu prayer Earth teach me stillness This prayer from an unknown member of the Native American Ute tribe. --Ute Prayer Kwan Yin Prayer or Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.
Five Tathagatas Cloth with painting of the Buddhas In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Five Tathāgatas (pañcatathāgata) or Five Wisdom Tathāgatas (Chinese: 五智如来; pinyin: Wǔzhì Rúlái), the Five Great Buddhas and the Five Jinas (Sanskrit for "conqueror" or "victor"), are emanations and representations of the five qualities of the Adi-Buddha or "first Buddha" Vairocana or Vajradhara, which is associated with Dharmakaya. They are also sometimes called the "dhyani-buddhas", a term first recorded in English by the British Resident in Nepal, Brian Hodgson, in the early 19th century, and is unattested in any surviving traditional primary sources. These five Buddhas are a common subject of Vajrayana mandalas. These five Buddhas feature prominently in various Buddhist Tantras and are the primary object of realization and meditation in Shingon Buddhism, a school of Vajarayana Buddhism founded in Japan by Kūkai. Origin Vajradhatu Mandala composed of 81 buddhas, Japan, Kamakura period Qualities See also