The Light of Buddha Ratnasambhava - The Dyani (Meditation) Buddha that purifies pride and miserliness
On Buddha Ratnasambhava:
The name Ratnasambhava means "the Jewel-born One" or "Origin of Jewels." The Three Jewels are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
The Buddha is the Enlightened One, the Guru, the hub of the wheel of the Law. The Dharma is the Teaching, or the Law. The Sangha is the Community.
Ratnasambhava transmutes the poison of pride (spiritual, intellectual and human pride) into the Wisdom of Equality. Tibetan Buddhists teach that with the Wisdom of Equality one sees all things with divine impartiality and recognizes the divine equality of all beings. One sees all beings and the Buddha as having the same nature--a condition we need, says Tucci, "to spur our spiritual ascension and to acquire the trust to realize in ourselves the status of a Buddha."
Ratnasambhava is the Dhyani Buddha of the south. His color is yellow, the color of the sun in its zenith. Ratnasambhava rules over the element of earth and embodies the skandha of feeling or sensation.
He is sometimes shown holding his symbol, the ratna (jewel) or chintamani (wish-fulfilling jewel that grants all desires). The chintamani is a symbol of the liberated mind. The ratna is often depicted in a threefold form as the triratna signifying the union of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. In the mandala the triratna is positioned between Ratnasambhava and Vairochana.
The animal that upholds Ratnasambhava's throne is the horse, denoting impetus and liberation. Ratnasambhava's mudra, formed here by his right hand, is the varada mudra. It the gesture of giving, or charity, which portrays him offering compassion and protection to his disciples. His bija is Tram and his mantra is Om Ratnasambhava Tram.
So while I was at work tonight, a wave of Homesickness came over me. So when i got home, and reading didn't sound appealing, I chose instead to write some emails to peole I've not talked to in a while, but who have touched my life on some level, and just pour my heart out in letters to them. Letters of Love and Adoration, really.
The idea was that perhaps since I miss Home so much, I could spend some time helping others remember how amazing Home is. I would write them from pure compassion, and whatever came out would come out, and I'd just watch those words come out. I'll share my Home with others, so I can feel closer to Home.
So I wrote a few of those. I suppose I do that every so often. One of the quirks of being my friend, I suppose, every so often for no reason at all I'll send you a note to make sure you remember how much I appreciate you. I mean, if people remembered it better, I'd not have to remind them. But I can sense when people forget how much I appreciate them in my life.
Anyway, I wrote a number of these, and then finally I was writing someone very near to me, someone who was a best friend of mine for quite some time. And I forgot to talk about the Homesickness. I was so filled with gratitude and adoration for her, or maybe an accumulation of it from the Letters of Love I had written, that I forgot how Homesick I was.
And I smiled sooooo big. It worked. My experiment worked. If I share Home with others, I feel more at-Home. So this will now become a part of my daily practice. I will share my Home with others, that I may better re-member Home. Perhaps if I do this consistently for a while, then my Home will awaken in the lives of others, and my Home will live in their hearts. Perhaps I can create a little Home amusement park I can go to whenever I miss Home. People who know my Home and will joyfully visit Home with me so we can play and share the joy and peace of Home.
I read some words on the Four Benevolent Ways of Bodhisattva. The First Benevolent Way of Bodhisattva is dana, which is generosity. I had this realization that it didn't matter what I give, significant or very small gesture, it was the generosity present in me while giving that really makes the gift special. This means there is no limit to how much I can give, for even a gaze can be a gift if it is given with generosity.
Here is a quote from a transcribed talk by Ratnagosa about dana, the First Benevolent Way of Bodhisattva, which is dana, or generosity.
Here is a teaching on dana:
I will begin with a quote from Sangharakshita taken from his lecture on Perfect Emotion, the second stage of the Noble Eightfold Path. He says:In a sense Dana or giving is the Basic Buddhist Virtue without which you can hardly call yourself a Buddhist. Dana consists not so much in the act of giving as in the feeling of wanting to give, of wanting to share what you have with other people. This feeling of wanting to give or share is often the first manifestation of the spiritual life.
When we are dealing with Dana (generosit)y, we are dealing with something very fundamental in the spiritual life. There is an image which you often encounter in Buddhism, the image of the lotus. It is said that after the Buddhas Enlightenment experience he had a vision of the world as being like a lotus lake with lotuses in all stages of growth, some still beneath the water, some just little buds appearing above the water, some half open and some completely out of the water and fully open. In other words he saw that all living beings are at different stages of development just like the lotuses.
Many of us are like little lotus buds peeping our heads out of the water but still closed up within ourselves, concerned with ourselves, protective of ourselves, looking into ourselves. This is a necessary stage of growth but we need to move more and more towards being open flowers, looking outwards, regarding others as well as ourselves. This stage of the partially opened lotus flower is akin to the point where we experience feelings of wanting to give, the feelings of wanting to give which indicate that we are beginning to tread the spiritual path.
Dana (Generosity) has to be there right at the beginning of the spiritual life. It is also present throughout the spiritual life and is present at Enlightenment too, as the Great Compassion (Maha-Karuna). (You can see the whole article here: Dana: The Basic Buddhist Virtue)
Buddha Ratnasambhava - with hands in varada mudra, the gesture of generosity
So ever since, I try to really pay attention to myself and look to notice this generosity that is at the heart of my True Nature. And as I pay attention to it, the urge to give grows. And now the generosity wtihin giving is also growing. My capacity to give is developing, in other words. I can give much more than I ever knew, and I'm learning that now.
And my experiment tonight was to help others feel the way they'd feel in my Home, in the realm I missed so sorely. I felt if I could influence any of these people I love to remember home a little more vividly, then perhaps Home would be more awake within me, too, and I'd be Homesick less.
And it worked, cause in that one email I even forgot that's why I was writing, and I was totally absorbed with gratitude and adoration.
So this will be a part of my practice, now. I will help others remember Home, and feel more at-Home, which will help awaken Home within me. I will give the gift I wish to receive. We'll see how it goes.