Monthly Archives: December 2012

The True Essence behind Christmas

This morning many are celebrating the Feast of Christmas—or the day that celebrates the incarnation of the True Light of the Unborn into the world. Within Christendom, the Christmas synoptic gospel accounts tell the tale of the birth of the … Continue reading

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The Ceasing of Notions

Just came across this. It looks like a fine resource to have for those who are interested in the Dunhuang sources of early Ch’an Buddhism. The following review is exclusively from: http://www.thezensite.com/ZenBookReviews/The_Ceasing_of_Notions.html “In 1900, a Chinese Taoist, Wang Yuanlu, self-appointed guardian … Continue reading

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Drop the Blanket

6. “Q: Yet it is recorded that ‘Whosoever possesses the thirty-two characteristic signs of a Buddha is able to deliver sentient beings’. How can you deny it? A: Anything possessing ANY signs is illusory. It is by perceiving that all … Continue reading

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The Shape of Things to Come in 2013

This past year of the Water Dragon was indeed a most auspicious year here at UnbornMind.com. In late January into February, the long expected Red Pine translation of the Lankavatara Sutra was covered in a series based on the Noble … Continue reading

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The One Substance

PART TWO  Selections from:  THE WAN LING RECORD OF THE ZEN MASTER HUANG PO (TUAN CHI) A collection of dialogues, sermons and anecdotes recorded by P’ei Hsiu during his tenure of the prefecture of Wan Ling  1. “Once I put … Continue reading

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Throw-down the flagpole!

34. “Q: What is meant by relative truth?1 A: What would you do with such a parasitical plant as that? Reality is perfect purity; why base a discussion on false terms? To be absolutely without concepts is called the Wisdom … Continue reading

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Wu-Wei

30. “If you now set about using your minds to seek Mind, listening to the teaching of others, and hoping to reach the goal through mere learning, when will you ever succeed? Some of the ancients had sharp minds; they … Continue reading

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The Angry Young Men

In the 1950’s there was a catchphrase for a group of young English writers, primarily existentialists, who wrote against the grain of the status quo—“The Angry Young Men”; one of my favorite writers, Colin Wilson, was among them and his … Continue reading

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Get out of your head, stupid!

27. “Q: What is the Way and how must it be followed? A: What sort of THING do you suppose the Way to be, that you should wish to FOLLOW it? Q: What instructions have the Masters everywhere given for … Continue reading

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A Silent Affair

24. “A Buddha has three bodies. By the Dharmakaya is meant the Dharma of the omnipresent voidness of the real self-existent Nature of everything. By the Sambhogakaya is meant the Dharma of the underlying universal purity of things. By the … Continue reading

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