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shona.collaborationswithnature
Nov 25, 2022
In 21st Century Experiences
Our last DW 3 day retreat began with Tsok as it was Dakini Day. It is traditional to offer our teacher and the dakinis gratitude in the form of a spontaneous expression. It is Spring here in Australia and lots of flowers are blooming. Since Khandro -La is Japanese and in Japan at present i was reminded of the Japanese aesthetic and this arrangement was the result. The golden grass seeds like a fountain of nectar, the perfume of gardenias, the pink Lilly Pilly puff balls, a drop of water, golden daisies as suns and the crystal for the earth element - all seemed to represent aspects of the dakinis. Flowers and skulls are often depicted together - the ephemeral nature of flowers alludes to death and the preciousness of life - the beauty of the flower. We are just like flowers. Poem by Thich Nhat Hahn - exerpt from Collection of Poetry Call Me by my True Names. "Breathing in, I see myself as a flower I am the freshness of a dewdrop Breathing out, my eyes become like flowers. Please look at me. I am looking with eyes of love." .....
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Oct 24, 2022
In NEW Dakini Journey
I met Ratna Dakini when i created an artwork for an environmental art prize. I didn't win that prize but the bigger prize was in the emergent encountering and creation of her. As I played with images of an ephemeral artwork i made on the beach around a rock a figure appeared - howling and/or singing. I imagined 'her' singing and howling out all of creation, replenishing and restoring the earth. So she became The Songstress - Rhythms for Regeneration. I felt her power ad capacity for nourishment and destruction as I made her. When i had finished the artwork I saw reflected back to me Ratna Dakini. Pics of the process end to beginning
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Oct 16, 2022
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
A few days ago i made this 'artwork' carving out two meandering lines through the layer of discarded waste deposited onto the beach from storms. It wasn't until later when i was playing around with the images that i made the connection to the body mandala and the subtle body mandala! I work intuitively and non-conceptually when i make works in Nature, using what I find available to me at different times and locations - in everyday life. Here are the images which brought to life (for me) the pranic channels inside/outside our bodies as realms and deities of the subtle body or inner dakini. Also an image of the original large scale line work in situ which then i realised was like a charnel ground where i had chopped or sliced through the layer of detritus to reveal the golden nectar pathways underneath. For me this was such a profound and viseral experience and teaching from my 'artwork'. Today in our class I had these visuals of my and universal subtle bodies in my mind and it really expanded my experience. I hope it resonates and benefits you too !
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Sep 25, 2022
In NEW Dakini Journey
This week in the SBT KL described a position we were in as 'leaning forward with your heart dripping its nectar onto the ground'. I felt that image as a reality expressed through my body and it stayed with me the whole class. Resting in awareness at the end I had this vision of multitudes of dakinis and/or golden nectar pouring out of the heart centre. Here are my 2 very quick drawings of that imagination/feeling. One on the earth, the other in the sky.
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Sep 25, 2022
In NEW Dakini Journey
Last week I visited the state Art Gallery which has quite a good Asian Gallery and an exhibition called ELEMENTAL. I was excited and surprised to see a large Vajrayogini displayed as the initial image/manifestation at the entrance to the show! The first 'artwork' was this incredible 21st Century adaption of Buddhist teachings in the form of a video game video "The Great Adventure of the Material World" - by Lu Yang. Astounded and entranced I watched it and highly recommend it - not the usual 'form' of teachings - it must be the Dakinis at work! Here is a link for the video : https://vimeo.com/673837345 ps. I am not usually attracted to the 'gaming' genre - this is amazing though....
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Sep 25, 2022
In 21st Century Experiences
Last week I visited the state Art Gallery NSW which has quite a good Asian Gallery and a current exhibition called ELEMENTAL. I was excited and surprised to see a large Vajrayogini displayed as the initial image/manifestation at the entrance to the show! The first 'artwork' was this incredible 21st Century presentation of Buddhist teachings in the form of a video game video "The Great Adventure of the Material World" - by Lu Yang. Astounded and entranced I watched it and highly recommend it - not the usual 'form' of teachings - it must be the Dakinis at work! Here is a link for the video : https://vimeo.com/673837345 p.s I don't usually like the video game genre - this is exceptional
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Sep 21, 2022
In NEW Dakini Journey
I came across this image of a sculpture "Outpouring" by an Australian artist Sue Ferrari and was struck by how it resembles the image I have in my mind of Golden Nectar Tea Offering I participate in with the DW group on Mondays. How beautiful an interpretation of the imagined vision I have of transforming 'ordinary tea' into 'timeless awareness nectar' and what a useful tool for visualisation! Dakinis come in many forms!
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Aug 01, 2022
In Journeys & Retreat
Recently during the Troma Nakmo Retreat, Khandro La spoke about imagining Vajrasattva Father Mother Union as white figures but crystalline clear white. I had been playing with creating a 'natural' representation of Stainless Clear Light, as it is part of my new refuge name which I had received from KL the day before, and was very excited about. I was surprised that the image I had created the day before with the Sun, seemed to me to fit perfectly the description of Vajrasattva Heruka. This is a less conceptual and abstracted form - yet it seemed to resonate. Please enjoy and utilise if it calls to you. Blessings and thanks Shona (Drime Osel Lhamo)
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Jul 13, 2022
In 21st Century Experiences
Nasa's latest images of our universe seems to me like a vision of OM AH HUM GURU BAM HA RI NI SA SIDDHI JAH ( HUM HA ANZE SVAHA) 🎶. For me this an example of C21st technology revealing ancient dharma wisdom. I love to imagine this image now as I am reciting adding richness to the EM AH HO of it all! All self illuminating - how utterly amazing. And it is inside us too! Zillions of manifestations of nectar blessings..... 💫
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Jun 25, 2022
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
I wanted to share the pre-dawn outlook which inspired my SBT class focus on Buddha Dakini this morning. Such immense beauty 🙏
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Jun 19, 2022
In Ask Khandro-la
Dear KL - i thought I had completed the 10000 mantra accumulations yet today in student hosted practice with TK it came to our/my attention that more was necessary as I had misunderstood the directives. Can you please explain : After 10000 of the mantras then do we then do another 10000 of just the OM AH HUM GURU BAM HA RI NI SA SHIDDI JAH then another 10000 of the OM AH HUM GURU BAM HA RI NI SA with (HUM AH ANZE SVAHA)added in then another 10000 of TAYATA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE SVAHA ?? Do we do this as part of the whole 5 dakini practice again? Someone said we recite Buddha, Vajra, Ratna, Padma, Karma only 7 times each for this part of the extra accumulations. thank you!
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Apr 26, 2022
In Meeting the Dakini!
All the dakinis visited my backyard a few days ago - literally pouring in a shower of rainbow light. What a blessing to experience this! During the 5 Dakini Practice I particularly love the part where you visualise all the dakinis returning into Buddha Dakini in the centre and becoming a light shower but I never imagined it like this before 😍💦🎶 - so grateful
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Apr 04, 2022
In Journeys & Retreat
I was inspired by Dan's beautiful art expression post of Machik Lobdron in the 'Meeting the Dakini' category to share some of mine too. This first one is of a feeling/vision I had whilst practicing the 5 Dakinis. It is my heart opening and expanding with billions of pink lotus petals ( but this is just a quick pencil drawing to capture the feeling of it). What a glorious feeling - i hve it on my fridge as a reminder. Thank you for the teachings Khandro La! What a gift you offer us.
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Feb 23, 2022
In In the Charnel Grounds
Khandro La's teaching on Mackik Labdrons's 5 SLOGANS last week showed me the profundity and 'simplicity' of Cho practice. Confess your Hidden Thoughts Approach what you find repulsive Help those you feel you cannot / don't want to Give up anything you are attached to Go to the place that scares you All of these actions show us Fear in different guises. All the same fear which comes form our false view of what we really are. Emptiness...... I have been thinking about The Charnel Ground - the inner, outer and secret. I associate my mind - my false thinking/ false view (which is where I am most of the time)with my inner charnel ground (atm). I have so many aversions and so many attractions which all seem to arise from my false view of seperate self. This false view that holds me so tight is beginning to loosen with the practice and by listening to Khandro -La and the sangha discussions. Some space is coming in/opening up so I can begin to feel and experience more time outside of this framework. This space opens up with 'non - judgement' and the 'resting'. Watching with compassion - I so appreciate this teaching.There is light - ness and playfulness here. When there is more lightness - I have more energy and capacity for compassion - for myself and others. I also began to query, 'could the Charnel Ground equally be the places of beauty and peace and freedom we want to attach to, because they feel so good?' If so, where does that leave me/us? I can only then be satisfied with Emptiness. And what about attachment to the teachings? Am I still thinking incorrectly?? Khandro -La maybe you can help me with this question? I hear the Dakinis laughing laughing laughing..... I am going to adopt Ellens' practice of reciting these 5 slogans daily! Great idea - thank you. See what happens ...... A spontaneous drawing for this post - haha!
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Feb 01, 2022
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
This is more of a question really . In a couple of SBT sessions Khandro La showed us there are 4 ways to approach and enter the Charnel Ground. a tiger a black snake a dancing dakini I cant remember ! - please refresh me someone :) I am wondering if the qualities of these 4 kinds of approach relate to the qualities of the 5 Dakinis? For example could/does the black snake correspond to Vajra Dakini? Does the Tiger correspond to Padma Dakini? Interested if there is a link here or if they relate to some other scenario/teaching. It's a lot of fun and helps connect to parts of ourselves not usually expressed moving and embodying the 4 very different modes of approach.
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Dec 20, 2021
In 21st Century Experiences
a simple beginning with the Tara Yantra. I always thought the symbol for The Feminine was a downward facing triangle - but in the book I am using as reference ( Tools for Tantra by Harish Johari) it was upward facing for Tara - any comments on that please? Gum leaves and granite from down under in summer. A couple of variations because it's fun to play. From more to less structure to dissolution.... I have steered away from formal pattern making in my art practice in Nature - yet there was a profundity in this simple gesture and intention which was surprising and nourishing. Serious Fun
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Dec 13, 2021
In Ask Khandro-la
Dear Khandro La , I am thinking of making ephemeral artworks using sacred symbols - such as yantra and mandalas. My question is - do I need empowerment’s, transmissions or permission to use this imagery? And / or if I can use them is there a practice/ protocol I should or could use to offer in the correct way? Thank you examples below of some i would like to use as templates .
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Dec 08, 2021
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 of the 5 classes in the series of 5 Dakini Subtle body trainings with Khandro La leading us in such interesting movements - the depth of which my mind and body could not grasp fully - but it certainly was a sweet taste. I am keen to do more of this somatic expression and release method devised by these Buddhist embodiment postures . I laughed and cried and mostly probably frowned with concentration . Khandro La was such a free and joyful example of the practices. Definitely desire more. 💃🥰
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Dec 05, 2021
In Ask Khandro-la
Hello Khandro - la , I have begun the accumulations with the 5 Dakini Journey and i am wondering about the visualisations and 'front projection'. My visualisation is not very good but at first I was visualising a flat image of the 5 dakinis in front on me- then that became a more 3-D image and then in the last session this imagery sort of covered me or I felt I became Buddha Dakini in the middle and the 4 other dakinis moving around me - like an internalised projection. I am not sure if this is meant to happen or if it's 'wrong' or 'right' and if I need to keep it as a front projection at this stage. Thank you.
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shona.collaborationswithnature
Nov 30, 2021
In Meeting the Dakini!
Hello and happy Dakini Day ! I felt this a perfect time to post about my intuitive journey creating a Dakini (sculpture) and to hearing the Dakini’s Whisper. I find the creative process gives me greater visceral connection to the unseen and intangible aspects of a spiritual practice. Art can be spiritual practice. Before I ever knew what a Dakini was or that they were ‘a thing‘I made this drawing below (10 years ago), with the guidelines being a self portrait with ‘super powers’. I drew this and listed the attributes : Power to Love Unconditionally, Power to Heal, Power to See, Fearless and Brave, Flexible, Strong, Joyous, Amphibious, Able to thrive in All Environments. I visited Nepal 5 years later and became acquainted with and fell in love with Dakinis. In paintings on Thankas and temples and in sculptures and statues. Now that I had seen them - I found them everywhere and I remembered my drawing. Shazam ⚡️⚡️ connection was made. When I returned from that trip I began making the sculpture at the beginning of the post. I make art usually with found parts of nature (and in this instance some human made). The need to have a human connection had become more relevant. Fast forward 5 years and through a series of miraculous events (causes and conditions) I found with great excitement and astonishment Dakini’s Whisper and Khandro - La and this Sangha. It was time to finish the sculpture that had sat partially done for 4 and a half years. I feel the beginning of my deeper inner journey coincides with the completion of this artwork. It’s like an exclamation mark. I am now embracing the Five Dakini Practice and finding myself smiling as I sit and become more acquainted with my ‘super powers’😘. And BTW as is the magic of the Dakini - this one’s wings ( halves of one seedpod ) actually curl up and extend out according to the humidity in the air. It’s now quite humid so they are quite outstretched. This work is full of symbols and memories and surprises. I hope you enjoy her too. I am so grateful to have found this teacher , this sangha. shona 🙏 🌸🎶🌈
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