Tamara Hastie
Tamara Hastie Artist & Photographer

A simple blog containing photography, videos, and creative media by Tamara Hastie.

A simple blog containing photography, videos, and creative media by Tamara Hastie of rock climbing, portraits, HD video, and other various forms of mixed media.

Expound in the ultimate sense....

Manjushri mantra

Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih

A leads to the insight that the essence of all things is unproduced.

RA leads to the insight that all things are pure and free of defilements.

PA leads to the insight that all dharmas have been “expounded in the ultimate sense.”

CA leads to the insight that the arising and ceasing of things cannot be apprehended because in reality there is no arising or ceasing.

NA leads to the insight that although the names for things change the nature of things behind their names cannot be gained or lost.


As the spring equinox is upon us, it has given me a reason to reflect and evaluate the coming months and where this season is headed. 

The above mantra was one that I have always resinated with and heard it in my first meditation class I took in Ojai on Meditation Mountain, maybe 14. I wrote it down and never forgot it. I keep it in one of my file boxes written on a scrap piece of paper just in case, somehow, or for some reason I forget. I haven't yet, so that's a good sign. 

It translates to Gentle Glory, and if my memory serves me right...it is the oldest and most significant bodhisattva in Mahāyāna literature, Mahāyāna being one of two sections of the Buddhist religion/ philosophy. 

Why am I writing all this...well...Manjushri is almost always depicted riding a blue lion, and by doing so, Mahāyāna teaches us to achieve techniques to tame the mind as he has to be able to ride such a fierce, strong, and volatile animal. One must be calm, collect, educated, aware and confident to ride a lion, and that is the mentality I'm moving into the spring season with. 

I am riding the lion, and the lion does change its characteristics to fit their mood, one moment friendly, next moment gunning to snap your head off.

One must always remember- I must always remember: it is a lion.

There is no changing that fact, but what we can change is ourselves establishing a routine which accentuates our calm mind around these lions. 


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