Author Archives: Vajragoni

Contemplative Sojourn VII

Greetings from Vajragoni here at Unborn Mind Zen! Another blog season has come to its conclusion. The most recent series, Buddhism’s Black Holes, was a venture into the mystic associations of Icons and Relics in spiritual traditions. Prior to that … Continue reading

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Iconology

This blog is a mini-study into the nature of Icons, particularly within the Eastern Orthodox tradition and sundry Buddhist traditions as well. Perhaps when one first brings to mind the image of an icon, one is immediately drawn to those … Continue reading

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Śarīra

Śarīra is a beautiful word essentially connoting a Buddhist relic, “although in common usage it usually refers to pearl or crystal-like bead-shaped objects that are purportedly found among the cremated ashes of Buddhist spiritual masters.” (Wiki) The Mahaparinibbana Sutta makes … Continue reading

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Buddhism’s Black Holes

The title for this blog-series is in reference to Bernard Faure’s excellent article, Buddhism’s Black Holes: From Ontology to Hauntology. In actuality it all has to do with the nature of Buddhist Icons and Relics, which also will be the … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva Boundless in Virtue and Goodness

Lastly, the Bodhisattva Boundless in Virtue and Goodness arose from his seat in the sacred assembly, bowed and then prostrated himself at the feet of the Tathagata and then circumambulated about him three times to the right. He then knelt … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva of Unexcelled Enlightenment

This chapter, which elaborates on the ritual practice appropriate for those of lesser spiritual faculties as well as Tsung Mi’s own “meditation retreat” based on this eleventh chapter, was given a nice treatment in the opening blog of this series. … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva of Universal Enlightenment

Then the Bodhisattva of Universal Enlightenment arose from his seat in the sacred assembly, bowed and then prostrated himself at the feet of the Tathagata and then circumambulated about him three times to the right. He then knelt down and … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva Cleansed of All Karmic Obstructions

The Bodhisattva Cleansed of All Karmic Obstructions arose from his seat in the midst of the assembly, bowed and then prostrated himself at the feet of the Tathagata and then circumambulated about him three times to the right. He then … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva of Thorough Discernment

The Bodhisattva of Thorough Discernment arose from his seat in the sacred assembly, bowed and then prostrated himself at the feet of the Tathagata and then circumambulated about him three times to the right. He then knelt down and with … Continue reading

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Bodhisattva of Marvelous Ease in Majestic Virtue

Then the Bodhisattva of Marvelous Ease in Majestic Virtue arose from his seat in the sacred assembly, bowed and then prostrated himself at the feet of the Tathagata and then circumambulated about him three times to the right. He then … Continue reading

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