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Samsara Wheel Of Life


samsara wheel of life
    samsara
  • The cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound
  • Samsara is a 2001 independent Indian/Italian/French/German film which tells the story of a Buddhist monk's quest to find Enlightenment. The film stars Shawn Ku as the monk Tashi, and Christy Chung as Pema. It was directed by Pan Nalin and written by Pan and Tim Baker.
  • Sa?sara (sanskrit: ) literally meaning "continuous flow", is the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth (i.e. reincarnation) within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, Jainism, Sikhism, and other Indian religions.
  • (Hinduism and Buddhism) the endless cycle of birth and suffering and death and rebirth
    wheel
  • Used in reference to the cycle of a specified condition or set of events
  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and is fixed below a vehicle or other object to enable it to move easily over the ground
  • change directions as if revolving on a pivot; "They wheeled their horses around and left"
  • steering wheel: a handwheel that is used for steering
  • a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and forms part of a machine
    life
  • the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living; "he hoped for a new life in Australia"; "he wanted to live his own life without interference from others"
  • The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death
  • the experience of being alive; the course of human events and activities; "he could no longer cope with the complexities of life"
  • The state of being alive as a human being
  • Living things and their activity
  • a characteristic state or mode of living; "social life"; "city life"; "real life"
samsara wheel of life - Samsara: the
Samsara: the wheel of life
Samsara: the wheel of life
A little more than two hundred years in the future, the human race is poised on the cusp of a technological revolution. Already, self-aware artificial intelligence machines have become essential colleagues among the corporate and government elite; secret competing programs are underway to integrate AIs into synthetic human bodies. Genetic engineers can sequence ageless human beings, for a price, and the idea of spacecraft that can traverse space-time is no longer considered farfetched.
But Earth has not been a utopia--it is recovering from a brutal global war that killed a third of the planet's population and replaced 200 sovereign governments with a single corporate-sponsored World Union. The ruling executive Committee maintains control through ruthless manipulation of public information; its Diplomatic Corps formulates and enforces the truth.
Anointed war hero Xavier Fulton, now Captain of the space fleet, is a maverick outsider who had experienced the worst of the wartime carnage. When the Committee reveals that a presumably innocuous alien message had been received, and recommends against responding to the entreaty, Fulton is outraged. After he uses his celebrity to force a daunting contact mission, Fulton finds himself lost on the other side of the galaxy, far into Earth's future. With the fate of humankind in their hands, he and his small crew discover the horrific treachery their leaders have inflicted on both their pasts and futures.

A little more than two hundred years in the future, the human race is poised on the cusp of a technological revolution. Already, self-aware artificial intelligence machines have become essential colleagues among the corporate and government elite; secret competing programs are underway to integrate AIs into synthetic human bodies. Genetic engineers can sequence ageless human beings, for a price, and the idea of spacecraft that can traverse space-time is no longer considered farfetched.
But Earth has not been a utopia--it is recovering from a brutal global war that killed a third of the planet's population and replaced 200 sovereign governments with a single corporate-sponsored World Union. The ruling executive Committee maintains control through ruthless manipulation of public information; its Diplomatic Corps formulates and enforces the truth.
Anointed war hero Xavier Fulton, now Captain of the space fleet, is a maverick outsider who had experienced the worst of the wartime carnage. When the Committee reveals that a presumably innocuous alien message had been received, and recommends against responding to the entreaty, Fulton is outraged. After he uses his celebrity to force a daunting contact mission, Fulton finds himself lost on the other side of the galaxy, far into Earth's future. With the fate of humankind in their hands, he and his small crew discover the horrific treachery their leaders have inflicted on both their pasts and futures.

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Wheel of Life - Copper Thangka
Wheel of Life - Copper Thangka
To be found in Copper is very rare indeed. The face in the top middle is Yama god of death. About Wheel of Life: THE WHEEL OF LIFE: THE WHEEL OF DELUDED EXISTENCE Commonly referred to as the "Wheel of Life," this classical image from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition depicts the psychological states, or realms of existence, associated with the unenlightened state. A powerful mirror for spiritual aspirants, the wheel of deluded existence is often painted to the left of Tibetan monastery doors; it offers an opportunity for monks and pilgrims alike to look deeply into their essential being. At the center of the Mandala, the intertwined images of a pig, a rooster, and a snake symbolically depict the ignorance, greed, and aggression that characterize the worlds of suffering and dissatisfaction, which Buddhist call Samsara. Surrounding the central figures are five concentric rings of attendant deities or, in the case of these Thangkas, their symbolic equivalents. The first circle, the circle of Great Bliss, consists of four goddesses in the four cardinal directions. At the intermediate points of the compass are four skull cups supported by vases and containing seminal essences, blood, five ambrosial nectars, and the "five awakening." The second circle is the Circle of Mind (Chittachakra); the third is the Circle of Speech (Vakrachakra); the fourth, the Circle of the Body (Kayachakra); and the fifth, the Circle of Tantric Vows (Samayachakra). In the second two versions, these circles are represented by stylized lotus petals radiating from the central image. Each of the Mandalas is inscribed by a decorative frieze of mythical animals and floral motifs, an element introduced into Buddhist painting in the mid - twentieth century by Newar artists of the Kathmandu valley. As a support for inner transformation, Chakrasamvara's blissful radiance converts timid responses to reality into radical engagement. When desire no longer clings to its object, it awakens to its primordial nature, which no longer divides into self and other. This blissful awareness encompasses all life and emotions, combusting in the liberating vision of selfless ecstasy. On the outer ring of the first Mandala are the eight charnel grounds that confront Tantric practitioners with a realm beyond hopes, desires, preferences, and fears. The charnel grounds signify the transformative energies of Tantra itself, the seamless continuity of life and death. Ignorance of our true nature is transformed in the charnel grounds into fearless and radiant awareness, the corpse of our mundane self consumed by jackals and flames. Without an acceptance of death and transfiguration, our aspirations to wholeness, to Buddhahood, can never bear fruit. All Creation Begins with the sacred union of male and female energies. To experience the pure creative passion between man and woman, to know unconditional love, is to manifest the body, mind, and spirit of Buddha. The Wheel of Life is a presentation of the Buddhist teaching on the suffering and impermanence of cyclic existence. The Lord of Death, Yama, holds the wheel of existence between his teeth, hands and feet insterocious tangs devouring all self-perpetuating existence. At the center of the wheel are three poisonous delusions represented by a red cockerel (passion and lust), a green snake (hatred and aggression), and a black pig (ignorance and confusion). These three creatures chase and bite each others tails, giving rise to the endless cycle or becoming. In the next circle beings rise to enter the three higher realms, or fall to enter the three lower realms. The six realms are represented within the spokes of the wheel. The hell realm, in the lower part of the wheel is characterized by the extreme suffering of the various hot and cold hells. The hunger ghost or preta realm in the lower left is characterized by craving and enormous hunger. The denizens of this realm having huge empty stomachs and mouths like pinholes. The animal realm is characterized by extreme stupidity. The jealous gods in the upper left suffer from competitiveness and ambition as they strive for the realization of their desires. The god realms are sensual heavens, where the inhabitants are totally involved in the pursuit of pleasure. Only in the human realm, with its constant fluctuation of pleasure and pain can the dharma be clearly heard and liberation attained. Few that's a little long winded but very interesting. Back ground, a very striking Acer Palmatum.
Jack the Barn Cat: Dharma Bum
Jack the Barn Cat: Dharma Bum
We recently left behind a good friend. Jack the Barn Cat was a constant companion who daily would race out from the hay barn as I drove down the long & winding gravel road through the heart of the farm. Jack would run behind the truck in chase & arrive just as I opened the door & on cue his tail would rise up--just like a flag being run up a pole for a ceremony on a day with a briskly blowing wind. Jack was a loyal companion & would wait patiently as Bodhi was attended to & would walk behind us on our way over to the so-called "jumping ring," where Bodhi endured my awful attempts at riding (& other training fiascoes). Jack would lie in the corner--in the shade, of the deep sandy ring as I tormented Bodhi from the saddle. Often as not, Jack would give chase to passing butterflies, jumping grasshoppers, & even low-flying (& huge) horse flies. With Bodhi in a slow trot, I would sometimes turn my head to find Jack trotting behind us in amused pursuit--& when I would give into my frequent frustration (with my pathetic riding skills) & swear out a curse or two, Jack would scamper back to the edge of the sandy ring to take refuge. Then we (all three of us) would walk back together to the field & tack room & after attending to Bodhi, I would pull out Jack's evening fare & treats--along with a cup of freshly drawn well water & we would relax together as I recounted my thoughts of the day. Jack is a generous & good listener & generally would indulge me in my self-centered banter--& only occasionally would chasten me for not paying more attention to him. Bodhi would often graze alongside Jack & marvel at Jack's inventiveness & delight in chasing the grasshoppers & butterflies. Every once in a while, Bodhi would nudge Jack as if to remind him to keep on with his antics. I grew to love Jack & shall dearly miss him. His life will go on without a hitch, I am sure. Mine, however, will not be nearly as bright as it was when sharing those infernally hot summer evenings with Jack. Thank you, Jack. We share in a very large & vibrant way in what Eido Shimano Roshi termed "karmic congeniality." "You go back, Jack, do it again Wheel turning 'round & 'round You go back, Jack, do it again" ~ "Do It Again," Steely Dan (on Jack K. and the Great Wheel of Samsara)

samsara wheel of life
samsara wheel of life
Tibetan Wheel of Life Wall Relief
The Wheel of Life portrays the Buddhist view of samsara, the circle of birth and rebirth. Yama, the fierce Lord of Death, holds the wheel firmly in his grasp. Yama personifies destiny, what is ordinarily called karma, and symbolizes the transient nature of all phenomena. The circle at the center shows a pig, a cock and a snake, symbols of confusion, greed and hatred, chasing each other endlessly, binding beings to the circle of suffering through the power of karma. The main section of the wheel shows the six realms of existence: gods, titans and humans in the upper part, and animals, hungry ghosts and hell beings below. In each realm a Buddha appears to show the way to liberation. The outer ringis twelve links represent the steps of human existence starting with ignorance. Although these links are firmly interlocked, the chain can be broken through meditative insight that brings wisdom and ultimately liberation. The Wheel of Life reminds all sentient beings that the supreme aim is ever and always Enlightenment.

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