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The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis
By Thinley Norbu
“From beginningless time there are no habits in unconditioned natural mind. Still we create habit by dividing phenomena from clear space. Inherently, a mirror does not have any dust. Still, it attracts and gathers dust, which obscures its natural clarity. In the same way, our pure Wisdom Mind becomes obscured by ego when we become attached to its pure phenomena’s unobstructed wisdom display.”
Magic Dance is the nature of the phenomenal world as the display of the five elements or five wisdom dakinis within the non-dual space of mind. It concerns the internal and external aspects of the elements and how separation of these by ‘divided mind’ is the root of samsara and suffering. It discusses the manner in which the practitioner learns to penetrate and dissolve the obstruction of dualistic concept and to ‘recognize the invisible secret essence of all substance’.
One could say a lot of things about this book and not touch its beauty and magic. Magic Dance is poetry and Buddhist logic inextricably joined, because it is fundamentally an expression of realisation. In some ways it is a traditional Buddhist Vajrayana exposition, but it is one that travels completely unconstrained by religious or linguistic convention. For anyone practising meditation in the Tantric or Dzogchen lineages: Read this book slowly. It is like reading poetry. If you want to see the dakinis dance you have to enter their time.
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