White Buddha Vairocana
- White Buddha expresses the energy of lungs
- His Immeasurable Feeling is Confidence
- His main teaching is Acceptance of refuge in the Three Jewels (Triratna)
Vairocana is a disciple of all other Buddhas and Dakinis and represents the image of the ideal student: respectful, modest gatherer of all the teachings with the mind supple as bamboo, an example for the whole Sangha. With all the qualities of an ideal student, he helps the practitioner to take refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). Taking a decision about accepting refuge in the Three Jewels is the beginning and the foundation of the Path.
The Three Jewels – Triratna
The Three Jewels of Buddhism are:
The mind nature of Buddha gives us shelter from fear. All fear is really a fear death. Even when we lose simple and everyday objects we experience helplessness and danger of death. For a mind, death is as shallow waters and it can be simply crossed over. The nature of mind is not being trapped in the body, thoughts or experiences, so death is like shallow waters for it.
Dharma gives us refuge from the desire to benefit. Since all is variable and not constant in the material world, the only true benefit is in learning the Dharma.
Sangha gives us refuge from disturbing emotions. Sangha develops our Immeasurable Feelings through interaction with other Sangha members.
Accepting the refuge in the Three Jewels makes us good disciples and gives us confidence that we can progress on the Path.
By Natalia Tsimbler