Monthly Archives: September 2013

Songs of Renunciation

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From the Songs of Milarepa (Dover Thrift Editions): The way of the world is illusion: I strive after true reality. To be moved by earthly possessions is illusion : I endeavour to rise above duality. To be the world’s servant … Continue reading

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Muccalinda

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Muccalinda Sutta (Trans: Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu) I have heard that on one occasion, the Blessed One was staying at Uruvelā on the bank of the Nerañjarā River at the root of the Muccalinda tree, newly awakened. And on that occasion he sat … Continue reading

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Tilopa

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From Tilopa’s Mahamudra Instruction to Naropa in Twenty Eight Verses; translated by Keith Dowman… A little daily dose of Tilopa goes a long way… Gazing intently into the empty sky, vision ceases; Likewise, when mind gazes into mind itself, The … Continue reading

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Refuge

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This is another excerpt from the 1909 work, The Path of Light. By today’s standards the language is archaic, yet unlike today’s standards it has not been intellectualized and neutered and watered-down from its full import; yes, there was a … Continue reading

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The Hermit’s Den

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Combined with my daily Eremitical Dhyani Buddha Meditations, I’ve been developing a personal breviary of sorts—encompassing daily reflections from Zen Masters as well as passages from both Mahayana and Vajrayana sources, from the Sutrayana and Suttayana. This perpetual series will … Continue reading

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The Mandala of Adibuddha Samantabhadra

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SEVEN: THE MANDALA OF ADIBUDDHA SAMANTABHADRA Although all that had been revealed conveyed deep and eternal truths in sundry mystical formulations, Vajrapanī and the gathered assembly had not moved an inch within Vajradhara’s luminous and concave-like pore. Then Blessed Vajradhara … Continue reading

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Tārā as Our Lady of the Void

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SIX: TĀRĀ AS OUR LADY OF THE VOID Emerging from the vajropama-samādhi Mahasiddha Acintapa discerned all that just came before him, the Scrutinies and the Divine Liturgy of Vajrasattva, were all Sacred Events conveyed to his Mind’s Eye. He found … Continue reading

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Benediction

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  (D) Benediction The priest of the Five Dhyanī Buddhas also is united with their Primal Source; thus Vajrasattva is esoterically representative of Samantabhadra Ādi-Buddha, the Unborn and Imageless Dharmakaya element. As the Divine Liturgy of Vajrasattva draws to a … Continue reading

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Liturgy of Light

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  (C) Liturgy of Light After the time of silent reflection, an acolyte approaches the altar carrying a Ceremonial Crown which is then placed on the head of the priest after the acolyte removes the former Dhyanī Buddha Crown: The … Continue reading

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Liturgy of Consecration

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  (B) LITURGY OF CONSECRATION Structure of Liturgy: 1. Litany of the Shining Ones: the entire assembly stands and chants the following litany: Divine Shrine of Refuge, hear us Holy One of Enlightened Virtue, hear us Treasury of Endless Wisdom, … Continue reading

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