Primordial Darkness Retreat

Since ancient times darkness has been utilized as a vehicle bringing healing and wholeness and strength in spirit. Labyrinthine structures of many diverse cultures were constructed for purposes of leading adepts into a dark interior-journey, meandering at first, but eventually leading to the center that produced profound spiritual transformations. Raymond Moody, author of Life after Life and The Light Beyond, talks of the ancient oracle sites of Greece, called psychomantions, which usually feature Read more [...]
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I It Am

I it am The greatness and goodness of the Father I it am The wisdom and kindness of the Mother I it am The light and grace that is all blessed love I it am I it am, the Trinity I it am, the Oneness I it am, the highest goodness of all things I it am that makes you to love I it am that makes you to long I it am, the endless fulfilling of all true desires [I IT AM] The Western High Middle Ages witnessed the blossoming of intuitive spirituality that resulted in perhaps the greatest Read more [...]
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A Darkness Visible

Milton's striking metaphor in Paradise Lost, the oxymoron Darkness Visible, is unparalleled in referring light (lumen) itself to something like a hellish tomb of veritable blackness. Robert J. Edgeworth in his essay entitled, Milton's ‘Darkness Visible’ and ‘Aeneid’ 7, writes: I suggest that Milton meant what he said: the flames of Hell radiate a positive, palpable darkness which extinguishes light (symbol of the divine in Milton as in the Christian tradition generally: God is absent Read more [...]
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Unborn Mind Zen on Vulture´s peak.

Finishing the ritual sharing of the green tea, the Master put down his cup,  picked up his staff and pointed at my face.  The gesture was so fast and perfectly executed,  I failed to see where the staff started and ended up a mere inch in front of my nose as if it had materialized from a seemingly nowhere into a sudden somewhere. He said: "How do you produce the Self that is immune against any and all conditions?. Quickly, answer me now,  lest the devil enters this house!" I replied: Read more [...]
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A Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries

For those so inclined, this massive volume is well worth considering: Details: The Mahāyānasamgraha, published here with its Indian and Tibetan commentaries in three volumes, presents virtually everything anybody might want to know about the Yogācāra School of mahāyāna Buddhism. It discusses in detail the nature and operation of the eight kinds of consciousness, the often-misunderstood notion of “mind only” (cittamātra), dependent origination, the cultivation of the path and Read more [...]
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Spiritual Friendships

Truly let us praise the joy of companionship! Better or equal ones should be chosen as friends. If these are not found, living blamelessly, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. While emphasizing the element of solitude, the sutta does provide some stanzas such as the above to praise the value of spiritual friendship. This one is in league with the Dhammapada which states that this form of spiritual element is to be highly valued, but that Solitary-Fortitude is the best Read more [...]
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Time is Short

There is sporting & love in the midst of companions, & abundant fondness for offspring. Feeling disgust at the prospect of parting from those who'd be dear, wander alone like a rhinoceros. Perhaps there’s no greater emotion experienced of having a child than losing one. I have seen first-hand this tragic state on numerous occasions over the years in ministry and the lingering effects of losing a child is terribly unbearable and never subsides. The child is not supposed to Read more [...]
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Intrusions!

When amidst companions one is approached with requests in the house, and where one stands, walks or wanders. Seeking independence which is undesired by others, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. Interruptions are the assassins of spiritual repose. Coming from every which way the one seeking an independent spirit is mauled at every opportunity, afterwards being left to recover from the assaults which always drains one’s vital energies. Some intrusions of the Recollective Read more [...]
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A Deer Tale

As an unbound deer in the forest seeks a feeding-place when it wills, wise, seeking independence, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. We have a lot of wandering deer foraging for food in my area, particularly in winter late at night. There have been many occasions when upon peering through the drapes of my bedroom window I’ve come face to face with some of these majestic creatures. On a singular occasion as one was feeding on some shrubbery outside my window, it was Read more [...]
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One’s Highest Aim

He who feels compassion towards friends or companions neglects his aim, his mind being bound. Considering this dread which lies in intimacy, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. Compassion is a much used and abused term in our day and age. Once connoted to imply a bending over backwards to help one’s neighbor in need has been twisted and hijacked into a warped political agenda of helping people only if it’s in the best interest of the purported caretakers, enabling Read more [...]
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