Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Shamanistic Dimension

Just finished reading the Zennist’s post entitled Restoring our spiritual senses. It evokes a shamanistic-dimension to destabilize our “despiritualized culture.” Reading this for me was one of those synchronistic moments as my blog from this past summer, Notes from the … Continue reading

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White Lotus on blue water

There is no-thing in the Unborn Mind, but its own pure light. Though this truth shines freely with its own auspicious luminosity, there for anyone to see, vast amounts of defilements hinders the everyday worldling from perceiving this truth as … Continue reading

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Selections from the Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra

The Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra can be likened unto an ancient repository of forty-nine texts of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras. As such it is also known in its abbreviated title, the Ratnakūṭa Sūtra, or a heap containing some precious jewels of the Mahāyāna. There … Continue reading

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Update on Blog

Just a little update on our blog. The new 4.1 version of WordPress is still in the process of trying to work out some incompatibility issues. For instance, you may be noticing that our “categories” feature keeps appearing and disappearing. … Continue reading

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Praxis: Part II

(Hakeda) The Practice of Cessation Should there be a man who desires to practice “cessation,” he should stay in a quiet place and sit erect in an even temper. [His attention should be focused] neither on breathing nor on any form or … Continue reading

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Praxis: Part I

(Hakeda) Part 4  On Faith and Practice  Having already discussed interpretation, we will now present a discussion of faith and practice. This discussion is intended for those who have not yet joined the group of beings who are determined to … Continue reading

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Seeds of Faith

(Hakeda) CHAPTER THREE Analysis of the Types of Aspiration for Enlightenment, or The Meanings of Yāna  All bodhisattvas aspire to the enlightenment (bodhi; Ch., dao) realized by all the buddhas, disciplining themselves to this end, and advancing toward it. Briefly, three types of … Continue reading

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The Tathagata’s Womb

Carl Van Brunt (Hakeda) CHAPTER TWO The Correction of Evil Attachments I.THE BIASED VIEWS HELD BY ORDINARY MEN There are five kinds of biased views held by ordinary men that may be discussed. Hearing that it is explained in the sutra that … Continue reading

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The Realm of Suchness

(Hakeda) THE ESSENCE ITSELF AND THE ATTRIUBUTES OF SUCHNESS, OR THE MEANING OF MAHĀ A.The Greatness of the Essence of Suchness  [The essence of Suchness] knows no increase or decrease in ordinary men, the Hīnayānists, the bodhisattvas, or the buddhas. It … Continue reading

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(Hakeda) The Characteristics of Beings in Saṃsāra  In analyzing the characteristics of beings in saṃsāra, two categories may be distinguished. The one is “crude,” for [those who belong to this category are] united with the [crude activities of the defiled] mind; the other … Continue reading

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