The Seven Point Posture of Vairocana.

Készült: 2012. 06. 20.

"Loosely relaxed, yet vigilantly alert"  /Machik Labdron
 
The notes on this posture come from the mahamudra tradition of TibetanBuddhism.Vairocana is the name of a Buddha and translates as “IlluminatingClarity”. So to adopt this posture helps to bring stability, clarity and insightto the mind through the skilful use of the body position. Here are the sevenpoints
 
Point 1 – Spine straight.
If the spine is straight, then the sushumna, the central energychannel of the body is straight and the Ida and Pingala (Moon & Sun or Left& Right) channels have equally moving wind/ energy. This is thought to beimportant in decreasing discursive thought i.e. it helps your mind relax fromthe incessant round of mental gossiping!
 
Point 2 – Hands in the posture of resting equally
. This is hands open and resting palm down on each knee (if you aresat cross-legged). The hands are at the same height and in the sameposition and there is a sense of openness to the posture. A closed posture,on the other hand, would be folding your arms, for example.
 
Point 3 – Elbows slightly sticking out.
 The elbows do not hug the sides, but are lifted slightly away from thebody. This brings a natural stability and a certain grace – especially to theupper body.
 
Point 4 – Slightly lower the chin.
 This can also be described as lifting the top of your head upwards, orimagining that there is a string attached to the top of your head which pullsit upwards slightly. The effect is to seat the skull slightly more vertically onthe spine.
 
Point 5 – Unwavering eyes/ gaze.
 You focus on a spot slightly beyond the tip of your nose.
 
Point 6 – Lips natural; tongue against the palate.
Keep your teeth slightly apart and the lips also. In other words don’tsit there with a clenched jaw and expect to be able to relax! Touch the tipof the tongue to the palate.
 
Point 7 – Legs in vajra posture.
Vajra posture is also known as the full lotus position.
 
 
Eight Aspects of Posture
 
1.Vajra posture or half-vajra posture. Most important, though, is to becomfortable.
2.Eyes half-closed. Again the emphasis is on having the gaze and eyesrelaxed so you don’t have to think about them.
3.Upper body straight. This is so the energy channels are straight.
4.Shoulders level.
5.Look down the nose to a place four finger-widths beyond the tip of thenose.
6.Keep a slight gap between the teeth and between the lips.
7.Touch the tip of the tongue to the palate.
8.Breathe naturally and without effort.