During these two teachings, Rinpoche explains the Wheel of Life.
In the picture you see the wheel in the mouth of the Lord of Death.
In the middle circle there are three animals, a snake, a cock and a pig, each holding the tail of the next one in their mouths. They represent aversion, attachment and ignorance.
The next circle has a light half and a dark half, depicting virtuous and unvirtuous deeds.
The bigger pictures show the six realms of the gods, jealous gods, humans, animals, ghosts and hell realm.
The outer circle depicts the twelve links of interdependent origination:
- old blind woman – ignorance
- man making clay pottery – volition, force that makes the action, karma
- monkey – consciousness
- man crossing a river with a boat – name and form, five aggregates, initial state
- empty houses – the senses
- male-female couple kissing – touching, contact
- person with eyes pierced by an arrow – feeling created by contact
- man drinking – attachment
- man plucking fruit from a tree – grasping, ongoing of the cycle of rebirth
- pregnant woman – becoming, force that no other way, all causes to be born
- mother giving birth
- old man carrying a dead body – as soon as you are born you carry the burden of death