On the path to awakening, our emotional experiences can give us insights to our already-enlightened nature. Further, those of us who not only seek personal awakening, but to act as a Bodhisattva—one who uses that awakening for the liberation of all beings—emotions, too, give us insight and true power to act on behalf of all life. This article gives a basic overview of the view of emotions in Tibetan Tantra as an introduction for upcoming articles on each of the 5 Buddha Families/ Wisdom Emotions that are touched on here.
According to the mandala principle of tantric Buddhism there are five basic elements that reflect different aspects of one totality. These five elements-- earth, water, fire, air, and space-- display as all phenomena both physical and internal and interact to create our outer and inner worlds. Earth element, known as “ratna” is what makes things extra. It’s the fecundity and golden hues of early fall and aromatic leaf litter rotting into rich humus on the forest floor. It’s colossal cliffs and massive mountains, forces to be reckoned with.