The Wonderment of the Self-Actualizing Mind

6. The Wonderment of the Self-Actualizing Mind Then the [Supreme Source], mind of perfect purity, gave this sermon [in which She declared] that the perfection of all things rests in Her (Samantabhadrī) own being: "Oh great bodhisattva, listen to these words! I am the [Supreme Source], and I have arranged all things from the primordial. I made the things apparent. I will show you My actuating essence. After I show you My own being I shall point out its meaning in words, and sounds, and Read more [...]
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A Clarification of the Fundamental-Essence

5. A Clarification of the Fundamental-Essence After that the [Supreme Source], mind of perfect purity, instructed [Vajrasattva] in the concise meaning of the teachings about Her own being: "Oh great bodhisattva, listen! My own being is like this: Its intrinsic being (yod) is nothing but one. Its teaching (bstan) is taught in two aspects. Its origin (byung) is revealed in the nine vehicles. Its integration ('dus) is integral to the Great Perfection. Its explicit being (yin) is the mind of Read more [...]
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The Central Vigor

4. The Central Vigor Then the [Supreme Source], mind of perfect purity, gave the following talk about the Reality of the names [given] to Her own being. "Oh great bodhisattva, listen! From the primordial I am the self-originated pristine awareness. pristine awareness: Bodhicitta, the fully Enlightened Mind Stream of the Tathagatas. From the primordial I am the central vigor (snying po) of all things. I am the [Supreme Source], mind of perfect purity. A bodhisattva ought to understand Read more [...]
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The Guru of the Inner-Ear

3. The Guru of the Inner-Ear Then the [Supreme Source], mind of perfect purity, spoke about "How I have become in the past the maker of all things:" Much prefer the translation for this from the text, The Supreme Source: Then the supreme source, pure and total consciousness, explained that he himself is the primordial womb whence all phenomena originate: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu;Andriano Clemente. The Supreme Source: The Fundamental Tantra Of Dzogchen Semde Kunjed Gyalpo (Kindle Locations Read more [...]
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By Me You Are

2. By Me You Are After that the [Supreme Source], the mind of complete purity, dwelt in what is called a contemplation (samadhi) of 'all things emerge from Her.' Mind Itself in Deep Contemplative-Samadhi recognizes that all things emerge from Self. Mind alone Recollects Mind. Deep looking upon Deep. Truly THE breakthrough in Mind’s Self-Recollection in the Unborn. Technically, in contemplation (samadhi), “the mind cannot be moved by the so-called eight winds: benefit and loss; fame Read more [...]
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The Place where the Primordial Speaks

Art by Mara Berendt Friedman 1. The Place where the Primordial Speaks Homage to the [Supreme Source], the mind of complete purity, the victorious one! At a time this sermon was taught in the realm No-Below (Akanishtha) [where] Reality is [like] the sky, and the dimension of Reality itself (dharmadhatu) [like] the vastness [of the sky]. There is the place where the Mind itself (sems nyid) exists. Akanishṭha: Akanishṭha is the highest realm of the Buddhaic-heavens. It is the abode Read more [...]
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Kulayarāja Tantra—The Motherly Buddha

Firstly, I’d like to commend Jonathan for forwarding me the link to the E. K. Neumaier-Dargyay's translation (The Sovereign All-Creating Mind-The Motherly Buddha:A Translation of the Kun byed rgyal po'i mdo) of this majestic-work. Am most familiar with her erudite skills as another of her books, The Rise of Esoteric Buddhism in Tibet, was the main source of inspiration for my Bodhi-film, Terma: A Mind Film by Vajragoni. From a traditional standpoint, this tantra (extant in Tibetan) presents Read more [...]
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A further look at the Vijñānas

The Sagathakam posits numerous statements concerning the Vijñānas, as does the Lanka as a whole. Doing a search here at Unborn Mind Zen you will discover a rich source of connotations concerning the vijnanic system. This blog offers a further observation through the lens of hermeneutics. Florin Giripescu Sutton in his monumental work, Existence and Enlightenment in the Lankavatara Sutra, makes reference to a paper by Edward Hamlin entitled, Discourse in the Laṅkāvatāra-Sūtra, Journal of Read more [...]
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Prajñā

Image by Lori Gardi As long as there is something attained, there is so much error rising; when the Mind itself is thoroughly understood, error neither rises nor ceases. The perennial problem often with zen-adepts is that some form of objective needs to be met—something to strive after and thus something attainable. Mystically this is very faulty reasoning because there really is no-thing out there to be attained, it’s a form of objective fallacy. The great Hui Hai once put this to Read more [...]
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Why Birth, Why Death?

Having now covered a healthy dose of this series on the Sagathakam, you may have observed that many of these gathas (verses) are repetitious in nature. It’s as if the Sagathakam is one long spiritual exercise for students of the Lanka and that elements of its composition was not composed by just one scribe, but several. Since the Sagathakam basically covers the most prominent themes found within the Lanka, these different scribes composed many variations based on the same themes. In this fashion, Read more [...]
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