Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tibetan dream flag

Saw this flag mentioned and wanted to know more...

In Tibet, as people in the Gelugpa tradition of Buddhism are devoted to the Dalai Lama. Tibetans in the Kagyu tradition are devoted to the Karmapa as their spiritual leader. The 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (1924 - 1981), saw this flag in a dream. He called it Namkhyen Gyaldar -- "Victorious Flag of the Buddha's Wisdom" -- and announced "Wherever this banner is flown, the Dharma will flourish."

The blue represents is the sky (heaven), symbolizing spiritual insight and vision. The yellow represents the earth, the actual world of our everyday experience. The symmetry of the wave pattern shows how we come to understand their interdependence when we practice the dharma.

As a reminder of absolute truth, the blue symbolizes the wisdom, or emptiness aspect of awakened being, while the yellow stands for the compassion aspect. The wavy intermingling of the two colors represents their inseparability.


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