Date(s) - 05/05/2021
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Due to the COVID-19 Nagaloka is closed to the public. We decided best not to have any in person meditation or study group sessions on Wednesday evening or Sunday AM.
Instead we will be meeting online. Join us by clicking on this Zoom link on Wednesday evenings, 6:45-8:00pm . We value Sangha (spiritual community) and feel it is important for us to have the opportunity to be together. We will use this time to meditation along with a short check in to see how we can best support one another. Plus the facilitator will continue on our Dharma theme offering everyone a focus for our practice. We look forward to seeing you and sharing our love and kindness for the wellness of all beings.
Join us to explore….this Wednesday…!
Approaching the Mandala of the Five Buddhas
The mighty Conquerors who overcome suffering everywhere.
Please join us on a journey to the realms of the Imagination, using poetry, symbol, myth, and our free travel kit of color, visualization practices and archetypal images, as we explore the realm of the Five Buddhas. These five figures represent different aspects of the enlightened experience. Over time, through deep practice these five aspects of the enlightened mind as represented by these archetypal figures have emerged. The qualities of Wisdom, Compassion, Generosity, Illumination and Fearlessness are represented in the mandala of the Five Buddhas. This realm of the imaginal faculty, that resides between our everyday consciousness and full awakening is called the Sambhogakaya.
“The sambhogakāya represents an archetypal richness of endowment beyond the limitations of any actual historical situation. In that sense the archetypal Buddha is the Buddha beyond space and time, beyond history, but endowed with all the perfections of all the historical Buddhas and more. If you wanted to draw a perfect human being, the most beautiful human being conceivable, you probably wouldn’t do your drawing from life. You might draw one person’s eyes, another’s hair, and another’s hands, to create an ‘archetypally perfect’ human being. The archetypal Buddha, the sambhogakāya Buddha, is similarly archetypally perfect, though on a much higher level.”
C.G. Jung exploring human conscious patterns, discovered there are foundational similarities through all cultures at the deepest level of the human mind. These patterns, or templates, can be found throughout both ‘primitive’ and ‘civilized societies.’ Our dreams, myths, symbols and themes share a commonality with all sentient beings that exposes another layer of our common human connection. One such symbol is the Mandala.
“A mandala is a harmonious arrangement around a central point.”
Poetry, symbol ,myth, and ritual carry us, as Shelly suggests in his Defense of Poetry, ‘To regions of light and fire where the winged faculty of calculation dare not ever soar.’
“We can not live in the realm of rational thought alone. To feel fully and vibrantly alive we must be in touch with all the different aspects and levels of our beings.”
All are welcome at Nagaloka to join us on this dive into the realm of Beauty, the power of Myth, poetry and perhaps a deeper connection with ourselves and other beings.
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