Orderly Chaos: The Mandala Principle

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Shambhala Publications, Nov 19, 1991 - Religion - 200 pages
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According to the mandala principle, a prominent feature of tantric Buddhism, all phenomena are part of one reality. Whether good or bad, happy or sad, clear or obscure, everything is interrelated and reflects a single totality. As Chögyam Trungpa explains in this work, from the perspective of the mandala principle, existence is orderly chaos. There is chaos and confusion because everything happens by itself, without any external ordering principle. At the same time, whatever happens expresses order and intelligence, wakeful energy and precision. Through meditative practices associated with the mandala principle, the opposites of experience—confusion and enlightenment, chaos and order, pain and pleasure—are revealed as inseparable parts of a total vision of reality.
 

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Contents

Editors Foreword
PART ONE MANDALA OF UNCONDITIONED ENERGY Karmê Chöling
Orderly Chaos
The Razors Edge
The Portrait of Confused Mind
The Watchers Game
The Lubrication of Samsara
Totality
The Basic Ground
The Birth of the Path
Instinct and the Mandala Perspective
Three Aspects of Perception
A Glimpse of the Five Buddha Families
Sambhogakaya Buddha
About the Author
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The Mandala of Unconditioned Being
PART TWO MANDALA OF THE FIVE BUDDHA FAMILIES Karmê Chöling 1974

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Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.

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