|Buddha families from a different tradition|
Many Buddhist traditions talk about the Buddha families as a means of working with our emotions - within the Aro gTér we use the form of Ögyen Rig-nga - Padmasambhava manifesting as the Buddha of the Five Elements.
Ögyen Sa-Rig - Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel manifest as the Buddhas of the Earth Element.
Ögyen Chu-Rig - Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel manifest as the Buddhas of the Water Element.
Ögyen Mé-Rig - Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel manifest as the Buddhas of the Fire Element.
Ögyen rLung-Rig - Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel manifest as the Buddhas of the Air Element.
Ögyen mKha-Rig - Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel manifest as the Buddhas of the Space Element.
We do not currently have a thangka representing Ögyen Rig-nga but I'm delighted that I've been able to commission one to be produced by Naljorma Dzüdrül so that should be manifesting shortly.
The process of creating a namkha begins by looking at ones psychological and emotional states and thinking about it in relation to the five elements as depicted in the table below.
Response to Intrinsic Spaciousness
Insubstantiality, hollowness, fragility
Feeling of insignificance
Cultivation of solidity and power, arrogance, poverty, miserliness
Equanimity, equality, balance, harmony, generosity/wealth
Fear of recognised threats
Anger, aggression, hatred, violence
Clarity, mirror-like wisdom, penetrating insight
Isolation, loneliness, separation, desolation
Obsessiveness, compulsion, indiscriminate possessiveness, consumerism
Compassion, discriminating wisdom, pure appropriateness
Groundless anxiety, Fear of an indirect threat, vulnerability
Envy, paranoia, suspicion, jealousy
Self-fulfilling activity, free and fluid capacity for action, confidence
Bewilderment – feeling overpowered and overwhelmed by spaciousness
Intentional ignorance, deliberate torpor, wilful stupidity, depression
Infinite unrestricted intelligence, pervasive wisdom
One then designs the weave to increase the liberated energy or reduce the distorted energy. The mantras of Ögyen Rig-nga are recited as you weave to empower the namkha.