Karmapa’s Wisdom on Visualization

His Holiness The 17th Karmapa spoke of how when we express devotion to a visualization or painting of a deity, that deity is not external to us; we are honoring that deity within our own heart.

The wisdom of Manjushri, the compassion of Chenrezig, the protection of Mahakala, the Love of Tara are all qualities of our own being.

11133800_10152829309812634_214562115081789784_nAs we go to Tara, our Mother tonight, as we climb upon Her lap, and let Her Arms hold us as we sleep, we know that love, that protection is coming from our own hearts.

Then when we rise in the morning, we are able to hold other beings in that same spacious embrace of Her great Wisdom and Compassion.

Karmapa Chenno!
Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha!

Source: from my good friend Amrita Nadi on her Facebook page.

Chenrezig Practice

The Buddha of Compassion
The Buddha of Compassion

Ok, enough of this messing around… I am going to commit myself to a Chenrezig practice in full. Mantra, meditation, comtemplation, compassion, adoration, and hopefully; understanding will emerge.

Om Mani Padme Hung…

It is beautiful to listen to. Beautiful to say. I have a little sing-song way of doing it that I first heard from a Lama who was visiting Oklahoma City in 2007. Well, I think it was 2007. Could have been 2006 I guess.

Lord Chenrezig is the Buddha of Compassion, and I need him in my life.

  • The Chenrezig Sadhana in a PDF format, provided by the Kagyu Droden Kunchab: PDF.
  • Or this version, a short Chenrezig Sadhana from Lama Kathy Wesley’s site: PDF.