Black Spirituality Religion : GROUND RULES - For Buddhism Group Study

Buddhist and Hindu correspondence

Buddhism is one of the most widespread religions in the world. It originated approximately twenty five hundred years ago in the borderlands of India and Nepal, by the Indian prince Gautama. He was called the Buddha, meaning "the enlightened one."

In general many of the meditation trainings in Buddhism are considered qigong and many of the tantric trainings in Tibetan Tantric Budhism are also considered qigong from the modern point of view. But Buddhist monks or Tantric lamas do not consider their training as qiong but as paths to enlightenment.

http://alternativehealing.org/buddhism_and_qi.htm

The Buddhist Scriptures
http://alternativehealing.org/the Buddhist scripture.htm

Since there is no forum specific to "Hinduism" but my earlier post mentioned links dealing with Tantric practice, I will use this thread to develop this topic further.

The following links may be of interest to some people who are interested in the roots of Yogic and Tantric practice. Of particular interest to myself is looking beyond some of my own "imagery" and to look deeper at some of the symbolism in the artwork on these sites. This is a difficult path because of the manner in which many of us in western countries under judeo-christianity have come to view and imagine the meaning of "blackness".

In reference to KALI,

"Kali's blackness symbolizes her all-embracing, comprehensive nature because black is the color in which all other colors merge; black absorbs and dissolves them. Just as all colors disappear in her (Mahanirvana Tantra). Or black is said to represent the total absence of color, again signifying the nature of Kali as ultimate reality."

http://www.santosha.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=34

The picture is self-explanatory to those who ascribe to the notion of "white supremacy". Kali destroys that "myth".

http://www.santosha.com/images/library/ra03.jpg
 
Tantric Practice and the Tempel of Africa

Since there is no forum specific to "Hinduism" but my earlier post mentioned links dealing with Tantric practice, I will use this thread to develop this topic further.

The following links may be of interest to some people who are interested in the roots of Yogic and Tantric practice. Of particular interest to myself is looking beyond some of my own "imagery" and to look deeper at some of the symbolism in the artwork on these sites. This is a difficult path because of the manner in which many of us in western countries under judeo-christianity have come to view and imagine the meaning of "blackness".

In reference to KALI,

"Kali's blackness symbolizes her all-embracing, comprehensive nature because black is the color in which all other colors merge; black absorbs and dissolves them. Just as all colors disappear in her (Mahanirvana Tantra). Or black is said to represent the total absence of color, again signifying the nature of Kali as ultimate reality."

http://www.santosha.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=34

The picture is self-explanatory to those who ascribe to the notion of "white supremacy". Kali destroys that "myth".

http://www.santosha.com/images/library/ra03.jpg

This post is for those who are unfamiliar with the links of Buddhist and Hindu Yogic Practice, and their relatedness to "The Mother of Humanity".

http://www.tantra.us/own/tempel.htm

This site is very detail in mentioning specific traditional African spiritual cultures such as the Dogon of Mali, the Fang and Kota of Gabon and the Yoruba of Nigeria and the "traces of Tantra."

Quote:
"The Dogon of Mali and the Fang of Gabon are African tribes that have preserved archaic Tantric concepts to the present time, especially in sculptured objects of wood. This is an aspect of art history that has been much neglected."

The following is from the Dogon of Mali.
http://www.tantra.us/graphics/herma-front.JPG
 
Parvati

This post is for those who are unfamiliar with the links of Buddhist and Hindu Yogic Practice, and their relatedness to "The Mother of Humanity".

http://www.tantra.us/own/tempel.htm

This site is very detail in mentioning specific traditional African spiritual cultures such as the Dogon of Mali, the Fang and Kota of Gabon and the Yoruba of Nigeria and the "traces of Tantra."

Quote:
"The Dogon of Mali and the Fang of Gabon are African tribes that have preserved archaic Tantric concepts to the present time, especially in sculptured objects of wood. This is an aspect of art history that has been much neglected."

The following is from the Dogon of Mali.
http://www.tantra.us/graphics/herma-front.JPG

Many of us are aware of and have seen many of the art figures depicting the Black Madonna with the baby Jesus and/or the figures of Isis/Auset with Horus/Heru. There is also at least one other figure that we see less often. This is Parvati and the baby Ganesha.

As the Divine Shakti, Parvati is the embodiment of the total ENERGY in the universe. In addition to KALI, her other aspects are Durga, Chandi and the Mahavidyas as well as Mahagauri, Shailputri and Lalita.

"Lalita" is a counterpart to the western conception of "Lilith".
 
The lalita Vistara

Many of us are aware of and have seen many of the art figures depicting the Black Madonna with the baby Jesus and/or the figures of Isis/Auset with Horus/Heru. There is also at least one other figure that we see less often. This is Parvati and the baby Ganesha.

As the Divine Shakti, Parvati is the embodiment of the total ENERGY in the universe. In addition to KALI, her other aspects are Durga, Chandi and the Mahavidyas as well as Mahagauri, Shailputri and Lalita.

"Lalita" is a counterpart to the western conception of "Lilith".

This last point leads me to a few texts, the first being the LALITA VISTARA, which is an amplified treatise on Buddhist religion, the nobleist of sutras. It expounds the source of Bodhisattva blessings; discloses the light of Tu****a; and dilates on the consultation, advent, career and birth-place.

The Lalita Vistara is one of nine Mahayana texts (remember 9 is the number of completion). It is a biography of Buddha. It has 27 chapters in which an account of the Buddha legend according to the Sarvastivada school of Hinyana. From a historical standpoint it is of immense value.
 
Vendantasara

This last point leads me to a few texts, the first being the LALITA VISTARA, which is an amplified treatise on Buddhist religion, the nobleist of sutras. It expounds the source of Bodhisattva blessings; discloses the light of Tu****a; and dilates on the consultation, advent, career and birth-place.

The Lalita Vistara is one of nine Mahayana texts (remember 9 is the number of completion). It is a biography of Buddha. It has 27 chapters in which an account of the Buddha legend according to the Sarvastivada school of Hinyana. From a historical standpoint it is of immense value.

This is a rather comprehensive list of 227 precepts describing Vedic practice.
http://www.mta.ca/~rmajithi/oriental/vedantasara.htm
 

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