The Great Chariot

by Longchenpa | 268,580 words

A Commentary on Great Perfection: The Nature of Mind, Easer of Weariness In Sanskrit the title is ‘Mahāsandhi-cittā-visranta-vṛtti-mahāratha-nāma’. In Tibetan ‘rDzogs pa chen po sems nyid ngal gso’i shing rta chen po shes bya ba ’...

Part 4a.3 - Meditating on the deities

Now we shall discuss the mandala of the inhabitants, the deities. Within this palace, on thrones of lions and so forth, from the transformation of the seed syllables of the individual deities:

There are the deities of the five families with their consorts
There are also eight male and eight female bodhisattvas.
The females too are four. There are four male gatekeepers
The buddhas of the six realms are in their proper places.
Their bodies, perfect in color, scepters, and ornaments,
Emanate limitless light rays to the limits of the directions.

In the center is Vairochana together with Akashadhatvishvari, dark blue. In the east is Akshobhya together with Mamaki, white. In the south is Ratnasambhava together with Buddhalocana, yellow. In the west is Amitabha together with Pandaravasini. In the north is Amoghasiddhi together with Tara.

On the ground below them is a four-spoked wheel. There the five families abide. Outside of the wheel is a square and four square patterns.

At each of the bordering corners inside and out there are two deities making eight altogether.

At the southeast corner is Kshitigarbha and Lasya, the goddess of grace, green-blue.
In the southwest is Akashagarbha and Mala, dark blue[1] and blue.
In the northwest are Avalokiteshvara and Gita.
In the northeast are Samantabhadra and Gandhe green-yellow.

On the edges of the courtyards are the six buddhas.

At the east gate are Yamantaka and his consort.
At the south gate are Vijaya and his consort.
At the west gate are Hayagriva and his consort.
At the north gate is Amritakundalin and his consort.

They stir up the continuum a little so that it will unite.

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