- a map (a path, instructions)
- a fire (zest, passion, energy)
- a knife (for cutting, detaching)
- a key (a means of unlocking oneself)
- and the fifth is a mystery, something for one to discover.
|Fighting Nazis, titans, drones, dragons...|
Unrestrained by the ordinary boundaries of time and place, in accordance with the "Mind Only" (Chittamatra) School of Buddhism, she is able to enter vivid internal states of consciousness.
|Samsara (Stephen Shephard)|
|Garudas guarding treasures of the Dharma in the temple, Thailand (Zennn/flickr.com)|
- The Deathless (amata) is nirvana, so called because those who attain it are freed from the cycle of birth and death. [The passing of a person is only called "death" when it is sure to be followed by rebirth and more suffering is some high, middling, or lower plane. But the passing of a noble person is called parinirvana, blissful "final liberation" following enlightenment].
- The "noble" ones (ariya) are those who have reached any of the four stages of supramundane attainment leading irreversibly to nirvana -- stream entry, once returning, non-returning, and arhatship.