( – promoted by buhdydharma )
(Towering Spaciousness, Hans Hofman. h/t The Blind Swimmer)
An excerpt from Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar’s Tibetan Astrology
… I am suggesting that the time has come to absorb the longevity of a troublesome embodiment of malevolence and anger, purify it, and liberate it into basic space.
There are many ways to view this suggestion. One can view it in its plain meaning or in the context of Tibetan Buddhist (and in this instance, Bon) teachings and traditions. In particular, the phrase “liberate it into basic space” has a very specific meaning in both the Bon and Tibetan Buddhist practice.
So much for any hint of rationality. The back alleys have a different ambiance.
Luxury Persian carpets and velvet curtains, leather chairs in book lined studies with gleams of brass and crystal are all very nice.
Back alleys have the silver gleam of trashcan covers in the dim white light of a quarter moon, infinitely textured shadows culminating in narrow corners turned with great panache, well la la la.
The rest is on the flip.
If I were to conjure up a Candyland interpretation of Tenpa’s statement I’d say it was like Beauty and the Beast, big scary monster when truly seen with eyes of compassion becomes object of love, except for that “liberate it into basic space” remark.
It’s not about loving your enemy. That is too narrow a view, this view is big and wide and infinite and … spacious. Spaciousness. Aaaah.
This is not a Christian strand in our human spirit tapestry.
The color of the space element in Tibetan Buddhism is blue.
So this is a blue thread. I proclaim it!
How in a universe of limitless spaciousness can we find ourselves oppressed by malevolent forces who trick us with obstacles of harrowing tinytude, crowdosity, suffocatiousness, etc.?
Malevolence can be embodied in everything from ideas to actions to objects.
You know you’ve purified and then liberated this malevolence when spaciousness appears and tinytude is no more.
One would think alleys could not be spacious.
I think differently.