why are chinese immortals and indian gods often depicted sitting on animals?
Is it mere symbolism? Iconography of asian arts?
Or is there a connection to shamanism, earth powers and the very low lower chakras?
Even a hint on actual practices?
Is it not by chance that the buddhist practitioners used mainly the lotus flower as a seat which mostly symbolizes non-attachment? Does this show also the different view and philosophy between daoists (hindus?) and buddhists towards the way of being on earth?
many questions! Any hints and ideas?
I was just in China and while in the temples, while the monk wasn’t looking I would physically take the shape of the deity presented, mudras and all. The animals were especially fascinating for me to embody. At first I was sitting on them like the conquerer and then they were carrying me with a whole lot of implicit communication between me and them. It felt very body affirming and voided what secret judgements I have about higher consciousness living outside that dance in the flesh. Barry
there is this question of naming present
see six yogas of naropa
budhist riding the tiger
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