Sunday, 11 June 2017



Siddhi - accomplishments, or literally 'real accomplishments'.

The temporary and ultimate results that are attained through spiritual practice.

They are divided into:

Ordinary or Common Siddhis and the Supreme or Uncommon Siddhi, which is Enlightenment itself.

Supreme accomplishment is the attainment of buddhahood.

Common or ordinary accomplishments are the miraculous powers acquired in the course of spiritual training. The attainment of these powers, which are similar in kind to those acquired by the practitioners of some non-Buddhist traditions, are not regarded as ends in themselves. When they arise, however, they are taken as signs of progress on the path and are employed for the benefit of the teachings and disciples.

Eight ordinary accomplishments.

The eight ordinary accomplishments or siddhis are,

The siddhi of celestial realm is the ability to dwell in celestial realms while still alive.

The siddhi of the sword is the ability to overcome any hostile army.

The siddhi of the pill is the ability to become invisible by blessing pills and holding them in your hand;

With the siddhi of fleet-footedness, by wearing boots you have blessed, you can walk around a lake in an instant;

With the vase siddhi you can create a vessel that makes anything you put inside it, food or money for example, inexhaustible.

The siddhi of yaksha is the power to make yakshas your servants. They then follow your orders and accomplish the work of a million people in a single night.

The siddhi of the elixir gives you a lifespan as long as the sun and the moon, the strength of an elephant, the beauty of a lotus, and makes you feel as light as cotton wool whenever you get up from your seat.

With the siddhi of the balm of magic sight - you can see things beneath the earth, such as treasures and so on when you apply balm to your eyes.

Ten powers.

Ten powers - part of the twenty-one sets of immaculate qualities.

Power over life means that they can choose to relinquish their life, or, if they choose to remain, live for as long as they wish, even for an infinite number of aeons. This is mainly the result of having been generous.

Power over mind means that they have mastery over states of meditation and so on at will. This is the result of meditative concentration.

Power over material things means they can materialize the riches of the gods, human beings or bodhisattvas, just as they wish. This is the result of perfecting generosity.

Power over action means they have the power to do whatever must be done or whatever they wish.

Power over birth means they have the power to manifest a variety of births according to their wishes, in whichever place, or in whichever form, or however they choose. These last two powers are mainly the result of discipline.

Power over aspirations means they have the power to fulfil their disciples' aspirations. This is the result of patiently acting in accordance with disciples' wishes on the path of training.

Power over prayer means they can perfectly fulfil whatever prayers are made. This is the result of diligence.

Power over miracles means they have the unimpeded power to display whatever miracles they choose. This is the result of meditative concentration.

Power over wisdom means they possess the great wisdom which knows, without attachment or hindrance, all that can be known throughout the past, present and future.

Power over Dharma means they have the unimpeded power to teach, according to the wishes of disciples, all the forms of the Dharma of transmission included within the twelve branches of the excellent teaching. These last two powers are the result of wisdom.

Six supercognitions.

The six supercognitions or the six 'superknowledges', which are included among the twenty-one sets of immaculate qualities, are:

The supercognition of the divine eye, which is a perception of all forms—subtle and gross, near or far—and an ability to see the births and deaths of beings; it arises due to the power of samadhi meditation on the support of a subtle eye faculty belonging to the realms of form;

The supercognition of the divine ear, which is the ability to hear all sounds and languages spoken, whether nearby or at a great distance; it too is based on the ear faculty of someone in the higher realms;

The supercognition of knowing the minds of others, which is an ability to know the minds of other beings that comes about through samadhi;

The supercognition of one’s own and others’ past lives, which is the knowledge of where births occurred in the past, and whatever pleasant or unpleasant experiences were undergone;

The supercognition that is the ability to perform miracles, which allows the display of various miracles, such as turning many things into one, or multiplying one thing so that it becomes many, radiating light, or blazing with fire and spouting jets of water;

The supercognition of the exhaustion of the defilements.

Source: Rigpa Wikipedia.


May all beings have happines and causes of happiness,

May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering,

May they always experience true happiness, which is totally free from suffering,

May they remain in the great equanimity, which is beyond attachment and aversion.






Namaste, blessed be.

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