depicting the nature of the mind

depicting the nature of the mind

Okay then the question is: Who is this Buddha? Who is the real Buddha? Because we all want to know the real one. We don’t want the fake one. Who is the real Buddha. Then the Mahayana Buddhist will come up with answer like: Oh that is the nature of your mind. Now we want to see this. Come on, paint. Then Nyingmapas, Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism would paint a blue Buddha without any cloths, naked. The more newer translations of the Tibetan Buddhism will have another blue Buddha but clad, ornaments, lots of ornaments. And specially lay persons ornaments like ear ring, nose ring, bracelets, all of this. And each of them will have their own explanation. Why the Buddha is clad, you know Vajradhara, the Buddha Vajradhara is clad with all the worldly ornaments. Why does he need ear rings? Why does he need anklets. The answer is to symbolize the Buddha, the pure innate Buddha is within us even so we are surrounded by the worldly matters such as the ornaments, such as our worldly dharmas, worldly elements.

Projecting the Dharma, Yale 2008