Mandala Principle – One Ground

In order to understand the mandala principle, we have to go way back to the beginning, to the basic split. This is the rupture, which created the experience of ”I” and “other” and is at the root of our suffering. There is a Tibetan teaching, the Prayer of Samantabhadra, that explains how this split happened. It states: “One ground, two paths, two results.” Though at first glance this teaching may seem simple, what it describes, in six words, is nothing short of the explanation of our entire human condition.

Let’s start by understanding what “one ground” actually means here. One ground is often referred to as the “ground of being,” or the Great Mother, meaning literally “the ground out of which all beings and all things arise.” Now bear

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