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A Feeling Difficult to Describe, by Géshey Sherab Phüntsok

A Feeling Difficult to Describe, by Géshey Sherab Phüntsok

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On the Long Life Arrows of Māratika Cave (The Silken Arrows of Longevity), by Māratika Dungdzin Rinpoché, Ngawang Jigdrel Chökyi Wangchuk

The three joints [of the bamboo] and so on represent the Three Vehicles (yāna-s)1, [the seven joints represent] the Seven Good Qualities of the Higher Realms2, [the nine joints represent] the Stages of the Nine Vehicles, and the thirteen [joints represent] the Ten [Bodhisattva] Levels of the Great Vehicle [Mahāyāna] and the Three Bodies of Awakening (kāya-s) [thus making thirteen combined]. The five-colored silks are the Ḍākinīs of the Five Families [of Buddhas], the Five Deep Wisdoms (jñāna-s), and the Five Awakened Activities. The vulture feather at the tip is the realization of the highest ultimate view of unchanging true reality; and of never meeting defeat by any opposition whatsoever. The mirror is the dawning of the outer universe and its inner inhabitants in the three realms, in their entirety, as vivid and distinct. The turquoise is the Life-Energy Stone of Humanity (mi yi bla rdo), and it is said to be capable of healing the drifting and dissipation of life-energy and longevity; owing to the profound rituals of Secret Mantra [Vajrayāna]. The base which rests firmly and steadily has the meaning of unchanging longevity and life-force; and the bamboo cane which is straight and supple has the meaning of always and ever abiding within the faith of trusting in the Supreme Gems [the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha] and in karmic causality, by authentically dwelling on the path of the Ten Virtues.