Monthly Archives: January 2016

Cutting down the tree of birth, death and rebirth

            Unless you are completely disenchanted with the cycle of birth, death and rebirth at the deepest level of your subconsciousness, the sublime and liberating light of the Buddhadharma will be lost on you. Tozen Read more […]

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The Vajrasamādhi Sutra: Epilogue

The Eighth Chapter is essentially a recap of prior-material, originally utilized to remove any doubts as to all that transpired. It also promises that if one faithfully abides in the sutra’s precepts, then all further mind obstructions will be completely … Continue reading

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The Single-Taste

Chapter Seven: The Tathagatagarbha This chapter tells the story of how the Store-House of the Tathāgatas (Tathagatagarbha) is the Essence of the One True Dharma. All other dharmas partake in this one single-taste. At that time, the Elder Brahmacarya (Chastity) … Continue reading

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The Generation and Cultivation of the Bodhi-Seed

Chapter Six: The True Nature of the Void, Con’t Sariputra said, “[As the spiritual path of] all sentient beings begin as iccantikas (persons blocked from enlightenment). In order to attain the [level of] the tathagatas’ and the tathagatas’ absolute characteristics … Continue reading

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The Principle of Thusness

Chapter Six: The True Nature of the Void Then Sariputra addressed the Buddha: “Lord! The cultivation of the bodhisattva path is free of both signs and characteristics. The three moral precepts (abandoning all evils, doing all good and liberating all … Continue reading

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Tathāgatadhyāna

Chapter Five: Accessing the Edge of Reality, con’t Mahabala Bodhisattva asked, “What are the six practices? Please kindly explain.” The Buddha replied, “First is the practice of the ten faiths. Second is the practice of the ten abidings. Third is … Continue reading

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The Dharma of Absolute Thusness

Chapter Five: Accessing the Edge of Reality, con’t Bodhisattva, the Dharma which thus accesses is not devoid of characteristics; and the Dharma itself is not void. That Dharma is [in fact] all-pervading. Why? The Dharmas (the Buddha’s definitive teachings) which are … Continue reading

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The Five Voids

Chapter Five: Accessing the Edge of Reality Later the Tathagata stated: “All the bodhisattvas and the others [in the assembly] who have deeply accessed the Absolute will be capable of liberating sentient beings. During the Dharma-degenerating age, they must disseminate … Continue reading

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The Golden Coin

Chapter Four: The Benediction of Self-Enlightenment, con’t Apratisthia Bodhisattva said, “The Tathagata has explained that the sacred power of the One-Enlightenment [where] the four wisdoms (mentioned in the last paragraph) [are perfected] are in fact the self-enlightened nature of all … Continue reading

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The light of compassion

A mind of great honor, moderation and intelligence is not necessarily a mind  of foolish shortsightedness, nor is it one poor in compassion and humor.  The immense complexity of the created,  demands such qualities. Yet, if these native excellences were to … Continue reading

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