Yoga of the Manomayakāya

Lankavatarian Foundations All beings are likened to forms originated in an illusion or a dream; since there is no self, others, or both, there is no arising of them. When practitioners penetrate "nothing but self-mind," and thus realize the non-being of external beings, they therefore realize the non-arising of discriminatory faculties... The above passage, from Gishin Tokiwa’s (uploaded in Library) excellent article: The Manomayākaya of the Lankāvatāra Mahāyānasūtra, provides the best Read more [...]
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Luminous Twilight

The Notes from the Iron Stupa series made reference to what is described as the Twilight Language: The Twilight Language (saṃdhyā-bhāṣā) is the Transcendent Expedient through which Gnostic-truths are fashioned and revealed. Through the utilization of mythic-motifs, mantras and mudras, mandalas and chakras, Mind-made journeys into Higher Tathatic–Realms of consciousness are made possible. This tantric-language is also employed, “signaling the same transitional, [luminal {inclusion Read more [...]
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A Triangular Affair

Tereza Ferraz According to Judith Simmer-Brown the “Secret Ḍākiṇī”, which is akin to the “Mother Prajñāpāramitā (typical of the Unborn Space of the Primordial Mind) in Vajrayāna practice”, is represented by “crossed-triangles”, or the “Source” of phenomena, chöjung: This symbol was also covered in the series, The Tathāgatagarbhatārā Tantra, as the “Dharmodayā –a triangular symbolism of the interaction of the Yin and Yang Elements within the Cosmic Womb.” Read more [...]
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Is Feminism Contra-Spiritual?

In Dakini’s Warm Breath Judith Simmer-Brown boldly asserts, “Women’s and men’s liberation movements have remained primarily in a political or oppositional mode that has insidiously promoted the disempowerment of both men and women. While various forms of feminism have attempted to address this, their methods have often promoted a merely political vision incapable of healing the whole wound.” (ibid, pg. 6) I concur with her assessment. She also highlights a psychophysical component, Read more [...]
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Ḍākiṇī: Dark Mistress of the Unborn

In her monumental work, Dakini’s Warm Breath, Judith Simmer Brown describes the nature of the Ḍākiṇī as, “In this her most essential aspect, she is called the formless wisdom nature of the mind itself. On an inner, ritual level, she is a meditational deity, visualized as the personification of qualities of buddhahood. On an outer, subtle-body level, she is the energetic network of the embodied mind in the subtle channels and vital breath of tantric yoga. She is also spoken of as Read more [...]
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Terma: A Mind Film by Vajragoni

Readers of this blog over the years may have discerned that the posts are cyclical in nature. When the blog-season resumes in August, the subject-matter relates to elements of my own spirituality that explores the deeper regions of the Unborn. After the summer the blog maintains its continuity with sutra and related commentaries. The film presented here depicts the spiritual-practice of Terma, or the discovery of hidden Bodhi-treasures. The opening “Drone-Sequence” was filmed in the Schoharie-Mountain Read more [...]
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Know your true nature

  As an inexhaustible producer of form and emptiness, the great Mind Essence remains permanently  imageless. As long as certainty and the true nature of this Mind is not assured,  ignorance reigns, death is certain and the painful womb of rebirth,  into most uncertain destinies, becomes unavoidable. Tozen Read more [...]
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Contemplative Sojourn V

Greetings from Vajragoni here at Unborn Mind Zen. It’s time yet again for that annual junction wherein my time apart from active blogging begins. Since last August in arriving back from Contemplative Sojourn IV many new blog-series have been offered. The most recent addition is the Lankavatarian Liturgical cycle, Little Office of Our Lady of the Void which, along with the Eremitical Meditations with the Five Dhyani Buddhas and the Divine Liturgy of Vajrasattva, constitute essential Dharma-tools Read more [...]
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Exegesis on Little Office

The recently concluded series on the Unborn Gita housed many different forms of yoga: karma yoga, the yoga of discernment, Jnana yoga--yoga for contemplatives, yoga of gnosis, yoga of renunciation, Primordial Dharma-Yoga—(ancient technique of aligning the chakras in the spirit of equanimity), Dhyana Yoga, Divine Yoga (equanimity of Mind), Unborn Yoga—(unites all the yogic disciplines), Dharmakaya Yoga, and Holy Yoga (Unexcelled Union in Inseparable Bodhi. The Little Office of Our Lady of Read more [...]
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Compline—Night Prayer

(Utilized before retiring for the night of each day) Blessed One, come to my assistance O' Lord, make haste to help me Glory be to the Blessed Buddha and to the Divine Dharma and to the Hallowed Sangha, both now and forever and ever. Swaha. Hymn to Samantabhadra (The Primordial Lord) [From The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead]: Great Laud and supplication to the Wisdom Buddha Supreme The Eternal Father of infinite and undivided salvific Unborn Light The Clear-Light of His Dharmakaya—A Read more [...]
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