Five Wisdoms

Defer & Burnpile

Some years ago, while reading a book by the Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa, I was especially intrigued by the following passage.

“There are five types of genius, five wisdoms. There is mirror-like wisdom, which is clarity. There is the wisdom of equality, which is seeing everything at once in a panoramic vision. There is the wisdom of discriminating awareness, which is seeing details on an ultimately precise level. There is the wisdom of all-accomplishing action, in which speed does not have to be included in one’s working situation, but things fall into your pattern. Then there is the fifth wisdom, the wisdom of dharmadhatu, or all-encompassing space, which develops enormous basic sanity and basic spaciousness in the sense of outer space rather than space that is related to the reference point of any planet.”

 I thought it would be fun to illustrate the five wisdoms with photographs.

 

There is mirror-like wisdom, which is clarity.

mirror-like wisdom

 

There is the wisdom of equality, which is seeing everything at once in a panoramic vision.

pacifico

 

There is the wisdom of discriminating awareness, which is seeing details on an ultimately precise level. 

ultimately precise

 

There is the wisdom of all-accomplishing action, in which speed does not have to be included in one’s working situation, but things fall into your pattern. 

deli raven

 

Then there is the fifth wisdom, the wisdom of dharmadhatu, or all-encompassing space, which develops enormous basic sanity and basic spaciousness in the sense of outer space rather than space that is related to the reference point of any planet.

morning show

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