Thursday, May 19, 2005


Some of you asked about my painting if samantabhadra, so here is a brief expanation of the imagery (From Ken Wilber's One Taste)

Samantabhadra, the deep blue/black figure at the bottom, represents the dharmakaya or radical Emptiness, which is completely formless and therefore "black" (as in deep dreamless sleep). The sylable "hum" radiates out from his heart, repressenting the great cosmic sound filling all forms in the universe (uni-verse, "one song"). The Woman clutching the egg in the center represents Samantabhadri, the rupakaya, the entire world of Form, which is a brilliant white luminous display. Emptiness and form, consciousness and matter, spirit and the world, emerging and dissolving.

This depiction of Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri (emptiness and form, wisdom and compassion) is not merely a symbol. It is a depiction of a direct realization experienced in meditation. When you settle back and rest as the formless Witness, you literally are Samantabhadra; you are the great Unborn, the radically unqualifiable Godhead. You are a great black Emptiness of infinite release. And yet, in the space of that Emptiness that you are, the entire universe is arising moment to moment. (right now the room and sounds and feelings are continuously arising in the space or samantabhadra that you are.) Or as wilber puts it: "You, as formless Witness (Samantabhadra), are one with the entire World of Form (Samantabhadri), and it is forever an erotic union. You are literally making love to the entire world as it arises. The brutal, torturous gap between subject and object has collapsed, and you and the world have entered an intimate, sexual, ecstatic union, edged with bliss, radiant in release, the thunder and lightning of only One Taste."

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