In tantric imagery, the triangle represents the gate of birth. Once you have faith, then you can give birth—properly, freely, fantastically. When you’re willing to give birth to reality, you can’t begin by fighting for your territory. The triangle represents a much more general and sane approach. First there is a self-exploratory process, constant personal exploration. But beyond that, there is just giving, opening, extending yourself completely to the situation, to what is available around you, being fantastically exposed. That sense of openness can take place when you have faith and when you have developed dignity and a sense that you can actually give birth to another world. Then you are ready to open up.
“The Charnel Ground” in Devotion and Crazy Wisdom: Teachings on the Sadhana of Mahamudra, forthcoming from Shambhala Media.