Can someone here explain what makes up a 'cycle' of teachings. And do different mandalas symbolically represent the individual elements of a particular cycle ?
Thu, February 25, 2010 - 8:43 AM"Cycle" is a bit non-specific.
It can mean several things.
It can mean:
A complete body of teachings from beginning to end eg.
Longchen Nyingtik, Dudjom Tersar, or Nam Cho
or it can mean
a complete series of teachings and practices from
one of the above such as Dudjom Lingpa's Chod
(which includes a ngondro, the main practice and
dzogchen practices) or Longchen Nyingtik's Yeshe Lama
(which contains thousands of pages of Dzogchen practices),
or a Collection of Lama, Yidam or Dakini practices.
It could also mean the central practices of a lineage:
such as its three roots and main protectors taken together.
So when using the word cycle, the implication is something
complete rather than just one segement or text. A text comes from a cycle.