The word “mandala” literally means center and circle; it could be called an archetype of wholeness. Swiss psychologist Dr. Carl G. Jung discovered that his patients dreamed or drew mandalas to compensate for internal disorder and confusion as an attempt at self-healing. The Tibetans developed the mandala as a way to remodel subjective reality through the blueprint of enlightened symbolic vision. Tibetan mandalas have grasped the imaginations of people all over the world, but most do not know how to actually use the mandala as a transformational tool. Meditation on the mandala replaces the habitually scattered way of seeing with a bright crystalline world of radiant colors, beautiful forms, and divine images.
Wisdom Rising will provide the methods to use the ancient powerful transformative power of the mandala. Each of the five Buddha families represents a different direction in the mandala and the transformation of a particular neurotic emotional style into a specific kind of wisdom. In this book the reader will meet the mandala, identify their own encumbered emotional patterns and the methods of transforming those patterns with experiential exercises, sound, visualization, and inspirational stories from people who have made the journey through the mandala. The book is a practical guide for actually using the mandala to transform encumbered emotional patterns into wisdom making the ancient wisdom of the mandala accessible in a practical and experiential way.
Wisdom Rising: A Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine explores the principle of fierce compassion, the awakened feminine, and shows readers how they can use this principle for positive change in their own lives and in the world.
Interspersed with moving biographical stories, Lama Tsultrim examines the five wisdom dakinis, female deities in Tibetan Buddhism, who embody profound wisdom and the empowered feminine. “They are luminous, subtle spiritual energy, the gatekeepers and the guardians of the unconditioned wisdom and sacred earth,” Allione writes. In Tibetan art, they are depicted as naked, except for ornaments, dancing, wild and powerful.
Each of the five dakinis is associated with a difficult emotion such as depression, anger, arrogance, craving, or envy as well as a corresponding wisdom energy such as equanimity and discernment. The dakinis and these energies are the elements of a mandala, a Buddhist psychogram, a map of our inner world. In Wisdom Rising, Allione teaches the Mandala of the Five Dakinis, a practice that brings together sound, visualization and meditation to help us transform challenging emotions into their wisdom counterparts.
Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, an internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder of Tara Mandala, a mountain retreat center on 700 acres south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Lama Tsultrim was the first American woman to be ordained as a Tibetan nun by His Holiness the sixteenth Karmapa. At the age of twenty-six, after four years as a nun, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised three children. Lama Tsultrim earned a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and Women’s Studies from Antioch University. She is the author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict, which connects the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism with modern life. This national bestseller is based on Lama Tsultrim’s pioneering five-step process that is used to nurture the parts of ourselves which we normally fight against.
For many years, Lama Tsultrim has focused on the teachings of Dzog Chen and the lineage of Machig Labdrön, the eleventh-century Tibetan yogini who founded the Chöd lineage. Lama Tsultrim’s teachings arise from the blessings of her many wonderful Tibetan teachers, her forty years of practice and dedication to the Buddhist teachings, and her experience as a Western woman and mother.
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