Wednesday, July 16, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Consort of All the Buddhas

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

July 16, 2008

Of interest to readers: This coming Sunday, July 20, there will be a ceremony to install 3,000 gold CDs of Chogyam Trungpa's teachings in the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado. This is the Speech Empowerment of the Stupa, which also contains the body relics of Chogyam Trungpa. A procession of 100 people will carry boxes containing the CDs up to the Stupa where a blessing will be conducted by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The assembled students will do a practice that Chogyam Trungpa wrote in 1978, The Sadhana of Mahamudra. For my blog about the event, and eventually photos, go to:


Shunyata, which is emptiness or openness, is also described in terms of the feminine principle -- as the consort of all the buddhas. Prajna, or discriminating awareness, is described in terms of the feminine principle too -- as the mother of all the buddhas, she who gives birth to the very idea of enlightenment. This very notion of enlightenment was started by her, by prajna. But she who made the buddhas speak, communicate, is shunyata. This is because with shunyata there is a lot of room, openness, groundlessness. Therefore there is no fear of communicating with students, just as Buddha communicated with his disciples. In the situation of groundlessness, no one is standing on any ground, so communication can take place quite freely.

From "Choiceless Awareness," in ILLUSION'S GAME: The Life and Teaching of Naropa. Page 89.
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