WHAT IS THE DIAMOND LIGHT?
The “Diamond Light” is what we call the seed of luminous consciousness that resides in each person’s heart center. This is derived from the Tibetan term “Vajra” which means diamond – or “pure radiant diamond light”. Other spiritual traditions have other names – the Christ light, the Gayatri Light, the Sacred Heart, the pure light within.
In Tibetan Buddhism the Vajra – or “pure radiant diamond light” – is said to “clear the mind of perceptions that obscure our awakened nature. It helps us embody the primordial purity of our ultimate, unfabricated reality and recognize that we are an inseparable part of the jewel-net of the universe.
The Vajra – Diamond – manifests as pure light floating in a sphere of omniscient awareness, radiating our pure innate nature:
the Diamond Light of clear mind.” These Tibetan teachings are from Padma Sambhava, a 7th Century mystic who brought Buddhism to Tibet, also known as the “Vajra Guru”. There is a large body of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism called the “Vajrayana Path” that offers practices to activate this Vajra “heart light”. The effectiveness of these practices have causes the Vajrayana teachings to be called “the speedy path” to enlightenment.
The well known mantra OM MANI PADME HUM translates as “the jewel in the lotus”. The jewel here refers to the Vajra diamond in our heart center – the seed of our luminous awareness. The lotus refers to layers of protection around this jewel to protect and keep it pure. As we chant the mantra, the petals of the lotus begins to open and the jewel in the heart begins to shine. These are ancient
mystical teachings to open and activate our heart light.
The Diamond Light Network was conceived through Paul Temple’s work with Tibetan bowls and Vajrayana chanting, which have helped to activate his own heart light. Through these practices came awareness of the need for humanity to collectively elevate their heart energies in this time.
Within this context we would like to acknowledge the Nyingma Vajrayana lineage through which Paul learned these practices, including
His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche– and most particularly to The Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo to whom we are grateful for the gifts of this wisdom.
May great waves of benefit be accomplished, without obstacle, for the benefit of all sentient beings.
As The Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo says: “Wisdom mind is like a diamond. It is indestructible. Wisdom mind is not away somewhere else in
a mountain. The seed of it is within and so like the one who is polishing a stone, with our practice we are polishing our view, our speech and our actions.”