Mastery

There is no definition of Mastery but it can be recognized instantly. Mastery comes in many shapes and varieties, but it will always follow specific unchanging laws. It’ll result in rewards, but it is not really a destination or goal. It is more like a process, it’s a journey. This journey is what we call “Mastery”. We are assuming that it is only open to those individuals that are born with highly exceptional skills and abilities.

However, Mastery is in no way reserved for some super-talented individuals or those fortunate enough to have obtained an early start. The journey of Mastery is open to individuals who are willing to join the path and to stay on the path regardless of previous experience, sex, or age.

The Master’s journey may start off from whenever you will decide to learn new skills. How to touch type, how to cook, how to become a lawyer; a doctor or an accountant. The Master’s journey will lead you along a pathway that’s both exhilarating and arduous. The Journey will surely lead to unexpected rewards and heartaches. Probably, you’ll end up not only learning about the skills you’re pursuing, but you’ll learn a lot about yourself as well.

Mahavairocana

MAHAVAIROCANA / DAINICHI NYORAI / VAIROCANA

In its ultimate form, reality, and totality, the universe is referred to as Mahavairocana or Dainichi Nyorai. Mahavairocana stands for “The Great Shining One” and that translates in Japanese to Dainichi Nyorai which means “The Great Sun Buddha”.

And Dainichi Nyorai is everywhere, literally, and is just… everything. All other Bodhisattvas and Buddhas are just different aspects, elements, or emanations of Dainichi Nyorai. The many Bodhisattvas and Buddhas we know are holding overlapping, yet distinct fields of energy.

Those fields of energy are Dainichi’s compassion, wisdom, love, and even some other activities and energies. When you worship or revere any specific Buddha, you’ll be worshipping Dainichi perfectly well and when you worship or revere Dainichi, you’ll be worshipping/revering any of his Bodhisattvas and Buddhas.

Kurama Temple

Mount Kurama is located some 570 m. above sea level and about a half-hour’s ride by train or car from the city of Kyoto, north of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The Kurama Temple was established in 770 to guard the northern portions of the capital city of Heiankyo. The Temple is situated halfway up Mount Kurama.

The original Temple buildings were destroyed on several occasions by fire and the Temple’s Main Hall became reconstructed as recently as 1971. In earlier days, the Kurama Temple was belonging to the Buddhism Tendai Sect of Buddhism. Since 1949, however, the Kurama-Kokyo Sect is headquartered in the Temple.

The legend has it that over 6 million years ago, the king of conquerors of the evil and spirit of the Earth, Mao-son, descended upon Mount Kurama all the way from Venus with the mission of salvation of all of mankind. Ever since those days, the powerful spirit of Mao-son governed the evolution and development of mankind and all living organisms Earth from Mount Kurama. Additionally, a priest by the name of Gantei had received his spiritual transmission.

Mandara Worlds

The Meaning of the Mandara (also “Mandala”)

In Shingon Buddhism, the Six Elements constitute the universe. These Six Elements have two aspects, or dimensions, which, cannot be separated. The first five are the material of the universe, and the last one represents the spiritual side, or consciousness.

It is also interesting to listen to a recent lecture by Dr. Kimiaki Tanaka about the origins of the Japanese two-world Mandala at the Center of Buddhist Studies from London’s SOAS University (Nakamura Hajime Eastern Institute):

When studying the phenomenal, the Mandara is used because, symbolically speaking, everything in the universe is contained within the Mandara. The Mandara is a visual representation of the first Five Elements and the activity of the Three Secrets; and everything finds its place within it. The theory of the Mandara teaches that the Universe is really the form of Mahavairocana (Dainichi Nyorai), the One Reality, and reflects his virtues and powers.

The Four Noble Truths

There are Four Noble Truths, the Truth of Suffering, the Truth of Arising, the Truth of Cessation, and the Truth of the Path. The following BBC video explains more about life’s big questions. Is our suffering coming from our own ignorance and greed? Buddha thought that was so, but he also offered a pathway out into enlightenment. Listen to Stephen Fry explaining more about the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism:

The Truth of Suffering (Dukkha)

As a synonym for the bond of earthly existence and not being freed from the chain of rebirth. Well, old age is suffering, sickness is suffering, death is suffering, but birth is suffering as well. Any association with unpleasant things ir times is suffering, and disassociation from unpleasant times or things is also suffering. Despair, pain, sorrow, grief, and lamentation are also suffering. Not to be able to get what you want is suffering. These are, in short, the five elements of individual suffering.

The Story of Koyasan

Mount Koyasan (Mount Kōya) rises some 2800 feet above sea level. Its summit, a somewhat irregular plateau, is surrounded by interesting forest scarps that end in eight directions and devout Buddhists believe that these eight points are representing the petals, eight in total, of the lotus flower.

At this site, a far cry from the conspiracy world of Japan’s powerful feudal families, one of the greatest spiritual and religious sites of the world of Buddhism was founded. In its glory days, Koyasan is believed to have included more than 9000 of the most beautiful temples, libraries, shrines, and other impressive buildings, and the monastic population is believed to have been some 90,000 in those days.

Gradually, the glory faded and natural disasters destroyed so many of the beautiful buildings. In general, wildfire was the greatest enemy of the temples and also at Koyasan, many fires swept through the area, fueled by strong mountain winds.

When in Okayama, Japan… Visit Tacsum

If you’re traveling in Okayama, Japan – you must find your way to a most marvelous café for coffee, tea, desserts, good chat, good friends, great music, unique gifts, and just a great atmosphere to relax in!!!

Two brothers, who both have the most eclectic taste in food and gifts, run the place I’m speaking of! It’s a gem of a place known as Tacsum.

They often spend time in Malta, searching for the unique, and bringing it back to Okayama to share with their friends and clientele. And, quite a unique café it is!!

They speak Japanese as well as English, and are fabulous hosts! The brothers are charming and will greet you with a warm and gracious smile while making sure to attend to you and your guests every need.

So, please make sure you stop by their establishment when in Okayama, you will be most pleasantly surprised !!!