After a busy day finishing 6 magnificent Prayer feathers I am taking “time out” to sit in the Mosquito Tent and study the words of his Holiness, the Dalai Lama in order to learn a little bit about Buddhism.
Soon I am scribbling notes and discuss certain passages with my husband Peter…
Later, I get out the Roots of Asia Tarot and lay out cards according to my personal”teacher spread”
6 of coins
The verdant jungle itself makes up the Ancestor teacher for the 3 Elephants below. They are well protected and eagerly look ahead at what is to come.
Moving forward among an abundance of fruit ripe for the picking.
Prudent is, to share these pickings with others.
= Write things down- and put it on the blog! 🙂
Card 1:The Teacher:
Knight of coins:
A very serene and composed knowledgeable and compassionate teacher (the world is suspended above his head)Sits astride an Elephant riding through the jungle of new(to me!) knowledge. May pragmatism and a slow, methodical progress lad me forward.
Drawbacks: It will be a bit “one sided” from the viewpoint of just one of the schools of Buddhism, but the wisdom will come from its highest = most prominent member.
Sadly I can not ask him questions or have a discussion……
Just imagine!! 😉
Card 2: The student and what she knows:
9 of Staffs. It will be an uphill struggle wrapping my oooold brain around the Dharma and truly comprehend it. After reading extensively about the Buddhist teachings of suffering and the world and life essentially being made up out of suffering, I look at the Tiger peacefully resting on a bed of pink lotus flowers – and the poky staffs that make up this precarious resting place. It can easily topple!
It is a pretty brainy construct! The shamanic ancestral Tigress in me looks at suffering completely differently! For example: Iffff I devote my life to the teachings that are there to escape suffering and where and how and why all Beings suffer and why we suffer from birth through illness to old age and to death…. I am actually focusing about suffering!!!
However, I will GET what I focus my attention on!!!
So I will get suffering = I will suffer!
This makes me very aware, how very different my ancestral and experiential shamanic truth is compared with Buddhist Dharma and where I find it interesting to learn about these teachings, but where all the “deal-breakers” are raising their heads and stare me in the face.
3 pages of scribbled thoughts full of fundamental differences in world view are on the table before me…… and these are the very beginnings…..
A beautiful but lofty and uneasy day bed for my Tigress…..
I can see the murk lurking beneath…..
Card 3: The teachings:
3 of Staffs:
Out of the primordial fire arise 3 stiff staffs, one supporting the bud of a lotus, one a blossoming Lotus and the one in the middle a lotus in full bloom. This one is held in position by the sharp-toothed maw of a Fire Tiger!
How long can he hold that one still and in position? When will it fall over?
The 3 staffs immediately make me think of the 3 Jewels of Buddhism:
The Buddha (and his life and example)
The Dharma = the teachings he gave and that other learned and respected scholars passed on
The Sangha = the community of Buddhist followers who “sought refuge” within these 3 Jewels
So which one is the bud, still closed? I think, that for me is the Dharma – I am just in the very beginning stages of learning anything –
The budding opening Lotus seems to be the Sangha – there, but remote – for me not readily accessible – and as of now a rather abstract concept. And the Lotus?
The Buddha?!High above everything, a lake of serenity within its wisdom pedals…..
But in the fangs of the Tiger below.
Reminds me of the Chinese ready to topple the thing of Beauty that is/ was traditional Tibet…..
Am I looking of drops of blood?
Am I looking of flames of the Fire of passion?
Am I looking at the red feathers of the Khyung Bird?
Will I learn the answers to these questions?
Card 4: The process:
10 of Coins:
OK: Just be the baby Elephant being led by the wise mother and LEARN!!there is much wisdom above in the Trees and Mother carries a wealth of it in the cradle of her trunk. Just go along for the journey. It will be a nourishing experience.
Card 5: The Outcome:
Mother living cosmos!
She immediately reminds me of Gran Ulali! ♥
Draped in the very Earth as a cloak her ample bosoms nurture 2 very different creatures: The Fawn , a none violent docile elegant herbivore, that would not even harm a fly and the Tiger cup, a young fierce predator. That will never take shittttt from anybody!
To me the Fawn represents Buddhism, vegetarian, none violent and elegant.
The Tiger cub to me represents my own heritage of shamanism. It can pack a punch or 2 and was never afraid to do so- – apart from maybe all these “new age “shamans bread in weekend courses….
In Nepal these 2 co-exist peacefully and even nourish each other.
It will be nourishing for me too!
For now I will type this here reading and then go over my notes from today’s studies…..
They may end up as post on my Shamanic Drum blog… 😉