Five Buddhas

I’ve designed and created this namkha representing the mandala of the Five Dhyani Buddhas.

The five colours represent the Five Buddha Families. In Tibetan Buddhism, these represent the five energies of the mind – the coarse ones with their enlightened equivalents. Each buddha is related to element, colour, cardinal direction, function and activity, as described in the tantras (ancient Buddhist scriptures) and commonly used in Tibetan Buddhism.

Mandalas of the Five Buddhas namkha with magnetizing function, Medicine Buddha, and Green Tara

I’ve woven in the balance of the Five Buddha energies by following a sequence of colours – from blue, representing the space element and Buddha Vairochana, through green (air – Amoghasiddhi), red (fire – Amitabha), white (water – Vajrasattva), and yellow (earth – Ratnasambhava).

To cause a certain function, in this case attracting a certain situation into the person’s life, I add the magnetizing aspect, signified by the red. Each sequence of the five colours in the namkha can be concluded again by red, as if radiating out of the mandala. The red harmonizing thread then goes around the whole finished mandala shape to stabilize and reaffirm the intention.

Actions that can be affected are signified by a certain colour added to the base mandala, based on the classical tantric system>

Activities that can be caused by a namkha:

  • magnetizing (bringing in a desired object or situation, finding a suitable partner, place, customers etc.)
  • enriching & increasing (bringing prosperity, material accomplishment for business or Dharma efforts, inspires generosity, increases what’s already there, improves business and worldly and Dharma efforts)
  • pacifying (removing obstacles, purifying stale energy in places)
  • increasing wisdom
  • protection & destruction (removing obstacles, bad energy, spririts, obstructing forces, illness, danger of harm, if present etc)

Each of these desired functions are communicated by colour choices. The colour schemes and the 5 buddha design are sourced from ancient Buddhist tantras (holy scriptures) and are in common use in Tibetan Buddhism.

During the authentication process I perform, the deities of the five energies are asked to reside at their respective places on the namkha, which serves as a support for their presence on our material plane. Its power activated in that way, a namkha then serves to act on the energies of individuals and environment wherever it is displayed. It affects the activation of causes to achieving the desired activity. It is a sacred object that requires dignified care.

May this object benefit the world. May peace prevail. May all beings achieve enlightenment.

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