According to - in very brief - Buddha we are constantly recycling ourselves.
The Green in Buddhism!
Buddha is green at Wat Suthep, Thailand!
We never die.
We just keep on being "one among ones".
If one is a true Buddhist, that is!
Others, who don't believe that, still insist on being the one, the only, the most special!
Yes, yes I know.. this is not the real Buddhism.
But these ideas sorta struck my funny bone at the lecture on Saturday afternoon.
On one hand, Buddha 'preaches' (for want of a better word) love and tolerance.
Abhors violence, and yet there are paintings from Tibet of a 'terminator of exterminators'
(A kinda Arnold Sch. if you will, or the bogeyman of Western folklore, or the Golem?)
And one of which is said to have been a pretty woman.
She, according to tales told, wanted to stop her fierce Mongol hubby from beheading his captives.
so she brings out their children. And swears he'll have to kill her and them, too.
But he does not heed her, and keeps on killing. \
So, in a "I'll show you mode" she tears the kids apart in front of him.
Too late, hubby, with the atoning!
Nice Lady, eh?
A cousin to Medea, perhaps?
I did wonder if the Medea lore brought to India by Alexander, the Great, inspired Buddha to turn it into a warning. As the lot of demons may be - just that - warnings to be good - thou shalt not kill!
Although, they do look very fierce!
To scare some sense into us??
If so, humankind has not learned its lesson well!
Slashings, smashings and killings have been and are still going on, and probably always will!
The lecturer discussed the 4 gates of Mandala in great detail as well.
From Wikipedia:" In many tantric mandalas, this aspect of separation and protection from the outer samsaric world is depicted by "the four outer circles: the purifying fire of wisdom, the vajra circle, the circle with the eight tombs, the lotus circle." The ring of vajras forms a connected fence-like arrangement running around the perimeter of the outer mandala circle."
|Modern Celtic Mandal|
Folklore of demons and saviors the world over seems much alike.
For more on demons and Tibet, and Buddha:
Four Noble Truths
Noble Eightfold Path
Nyingma Kagyu Sakya Gelug
"It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell".
"There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind".
...................and in a nutshell some basics in the chart to the right!