Saturday, August 19, 2006

I thought long and hard before posting this one. This is a "Liberation by Wearing" (BTAGS GROL GYI 'KHOR LO) wheel, also known as the Kuntunzangpo or Adi Buddha circle. The first ones I saw were printed in red ink on thin paper. I later printed many of these under my teacher's supervision. These are encased in cloth (sewn in little cloth pockets) and thereafter worn. When one passes away, the mandala is taken out, unfolded, and laid upon the chest during cremation. I happen to know that the above scan is taken from one my teacher brought to America in the late 1960s. You can also find a depiction of this (and complete explanation) in the new, complete translation of the so-called "Tibetan Book of the Dead." You can purchase one of these, nicely encased in brocade cloth, for $15.00 from Dodrupchen Rinpoche's U.S. center. There are places you can download high resolution images for printing, but this is not something you should play with unless you know what you are doing. If you make a mistake, you cannot just throw one of these away; you must dispose of them in a particular fashion. This is an EXTREMELY POWERFUL AND SACRED IMAGE - TREAT IT AS SUCH.

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1 reader comments:

Unknown said...

Thank you for this publication!
You say that "There are places you can download high resolution images for printing". We are under the guidance of a qualified teacher. He has requested us to find such images. Can you please share with us some sites for download.
Thank you!
Om Ah Hum