Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why Luxlapis?

What are the Aims and Objectives of The Luxlapis Project? Why Luxlapis?

Two words: Lux = Light – Lapis = Stone. Thus one could say a Stone of Light is the Diamond -  which cuts through everything. Plus the Diamond Path, is equivalent to Tibetan Buddhism,  known also as Vajrayana – again this can be called The Vehicle [or Path] of The Diamond Sceptre. So Luxlapis contains some of these meanings. 

The Stone: Lapis – is an important symbol in Alchemy – The Philosopher's Stone – so partly, Luxlapis is a project to weave systems of philosophy, Wisdom Lineages, spirituality, culture  &c. It is not an all-encompassing activity -  but has specific co-ordinates which are obvious to those who examine all the material published to date. Using the byline:

The Interface between CULTURE & SPIRITUALITY

 expresses the modus operandi,  and this piece by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is exactly the context in which the word 'spirituality' is used for all the LUXLAPIS activities:

"Spirituality I take to be concerned with those qualities of the human spirit – such as love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsibility, a sense of harmony -  which brings happiness to both self and others."

"The unifying characteristic of the qualities I have described as "spiritual" may be said to be some level of concern for others' well-being. In Tibetan, we speak of shen pen kyi sem meaning "the thought to be of help to others." And when we think about them, we see that each of the qualities noted is defined by an implicit concern for other's well-being. Moreover, the one who is compassionate, loving, patient, tolerant, forgiving, and so on to some extent recognizes the potential impact of their actions on others and orders their conduct accordingly. Thus spiritual practice according to this description involves, on the one hand, acting out of concern for other's well-being. On the other, it entails transforming ourselves so that we become more readily disposed to do so. To speak of spiritual practice in any terms other than these is meaningless."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Ethics for the New Millennium, Riverhead Books, New York, 1999, pp. 22-23.

An interface is " . . a point where two things meet and interact." Make your own conclusions.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience;

we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Image: Detail from a face of an octahedral uncut (rough) diamond. From Wikipedia Commons.



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