Contemplative Sojourn VI

Greetings from Vajragoni here at Unborn Mind Zen! It seems hard to fathom yet another Blog season has come to its conclusion. We began our season back in August and the most recent series was Unborn Light Reiki, one that was originally published in 2004 and highlights a new Reiki Modality incorporating principles from Unborn Mind Zen. It was initiated just after a series entitled, Vasubandhu and the Absolute—a lengthy study on the Madhyāntavibhāgabhāṣya+ṭīkā, incorporating the scholarship Read more [...]
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Technique #10: Hatsurei Ho

Vajragoni: I’d like to conclude our Sessions with a closing comment on Dhyana Technique # 10, Hatsurei Ho. Essentially this technique expands upon Binzuru Ho and is a very thorough cleansing and empowering technique that if practiced on a daily basis will fully engage the presence of the Unborn Spirit in your life as well as foster proper bodhiflow throughout the Chakras as well. It’s divided into three stages. The first stage, Kenyoko Ho, is the self-cleansing stage that expands upon the Read more [...]
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Gods in Buddhism?

Interesting article by Neil Schmid on the nature of the Buddhist hierarchy of divinities: Buddhism is often labeled an atheistic philosophy or religion because Buddha is not considered a god by Buddhists and no “creator god” exists. Such a conclusion lays bare Abrahamic assumptions of what a religion and theism should be. In fact, Buddhism is polytheistic. The Buddhist cosmos at its most basic level is divided into two realms—one where beings are subject to karma and rebirth, called Read more [...]
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Technique #9: Mahasunya Ho

Wieslaw Sadurski Vajragoni: Closely allied with Dharmasota Ho is Dhyana Technique #9, Mahasunya Ho, where the Unborn will continue to unfold IT’s dominance over those unruly vexations of the discriminatory mind; hence this technique will assist you in overcoming your anxiety in relinquishing control of your personal will. Question: Doesn’t Mahasunya Ho mean “great nothingness”? Vajragoni: It means the Great Deathless Void of the Unborn Mind. Question: Well, still, the very term Read more [...]
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Technique #8: Dharmasota Ho

Question: Shoden Session # 8 opens with a distinction between one’s “personal will” and the Unborn Will; curious as to why there needs to be any such distinction since we are already united with the Unborn Will as such… Vajragoni: Your statement is incorrect. One is not initially united with Unborn Will just as one is not automatically in union with Buddhahood, contrary to the popular conventional conceit that claims otherwise. Indeed, one’s inclination is towards identification Read more [...]
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Technique #7: Sugata Ho

Question: Along the lines of grasp and grasping…I see that you mention them in Shoden Session # 7, Sugata Ho. Why are they problematic? Vajragoni: They are problematic in the sense of what we’ve been discussing…the very act of “grasping” is activated through cognitive dissonance which in turn sets into motion the perpetual wheel of pain known as dependent origination. Question: The wheel of pain? Vajragoni: In other words, perpetual regenesis Question: I see…and the act Read more [...]
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Is there need for a teacher in Zen?

Oftentimes the question is asked, “Do I need a teacher in Zen?” Without going into some theoretical basis for this question, my own experience will be the foundation for hopefully providing some insight into this timely issue. My earliest exposures to Zen were through works like Thomas Merton’s, Zen and the Birds of Appetite, Zen Catholicism by Dom Aelred Graham, sundry titles from Alan Watts and other contemporary scholars and Zen sages. Then I came under the spell of Osho. I purchased Read more [...]
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Technique #6: Spanda Ho

Question: I see that Shoden Session # 6 incorporates a Vedic-oriented term, Spanda…is this correct? Vajragoni: Yes. The term is rooted in the ancient scriptures of Kashmir Saivism and represents the primordial principle that constitutes the “vibratory” nature of the universe; it is the very heartthrob of the Absolute Reality of the Source ITself. Question: Are you saying, then, that the essence of this Primordial Vibration is at the core of every living thing? Vajragoni: Spanda Read more [...]
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Technique #5: Dragonyana Ho

Question: You have discussed the nature of defiled seeds; what’s the best way to cleanse them away? Vajragoni: Well, a good way to begin is by practicing the techniques found in Shoden Session # 5, Dragonyana Ho. Question: What does Dragonyana mean? Vajragoni: The Dragon-vehicle, or the inconceivable wisdom (Buddhi) of the Supreme and Undivided Nature of Bodhi. In union with this technique it helps to clear away those defiled seeds (blockages) that prevent proper bodhiflow. Question: Read more [...]
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Technique #4: Yathabhutam Ho

Question: The Dhyana Technique in Shoden Session # 4 has a most unusual name…Yathabhutam Ho…what does this term mean? Vajragoni: It essentially means “seeing” the nature of Reality AS IT IS (suchness, or tathata), devoid of phenomenal outflows. Question: Why is the emphasis here on “seeing”…one would think that the methodology of UBLR would be the opposite…that of “not seeing, or not knowing” in order to link up with the True Nature of the Unborn…I believe the proper Read more [...]
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