Lojong Practice 18: The Kayas as Unsurpassable Protection

I am using Weeping Buddha and the lojong sayings and commentary from Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa as a study, together.
I’ve been practicing
tonglen for almost three decades, and it is my main practice.
This is the eighteenth weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here.

W14 17 LOJONG 300DPI

“#14.  Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata protection.”
I admit to liking liking Jamgon Kontrul’s* slogan a bit better:

“To see confusion as the four kayas,
the Protection of emptiness is insurpassable.”

Conditions arise and diminish; everything, whether perceived as good or bad is constantly changing.  Our minds invest them with a heightened reality they do not have.  To be able to rest in a mindset that does not cling to any circumstance, good or bad, cuts confusion entirely.  Clarity of mind is possible.  This is the protection, to embody this wisdom.

I could go further about the kayas but to study them is a huge undertaking.  Simplistically, so that you begin to understand from where this protection comes, they are:

  • Dharmakaya is the wisdom or body great teaching, things as they are, free from duality, or a kind of cosmic consciousness.  It is leading to openness of mind/heart.
  • Nirmanakaya is the transformative body leading to clarity, and is embodied by Shakyamuni Buddha, the teacher of clarity of the mind.
  • Sambhogakaya links the first two, to offer a realistic way of perceiving this reality.
  • Svabhavikakaya, literally, “self-nature” or “essence” body.  I have the hardest time describing this one — it refers to the empty nature, when can actually transcend this reality to understand that it s all purely an appearance, with no lasting nature.

I am interested in hearing about your life or how the lojong
affected you or your practice awakening in some manner. 

Some have asked me about my ongoing studies of weeping Buddha.
They are all drawn in an OE or OKINA NOTEBOOKS (my favorite journals, also known as Cadic), and this one was drawing with a Preppie pen and Lexington Grey Noodler’s ink.  Watercolor was with Luma watercolors in a Pentel waterbrush.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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