Category Archives: Spirituality

Nada and Silence in John of the Cross

We have extensively covered the rich apothatic spirituality of John of the Cross in a prior series. Our focus now is on the significance of this Nadayana and its twin sister, Silence. John’s negative path is a cradle of nothingness … Continue reading

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Nothingness in Nāgārjuna and John of the Cross

Our offering for this autumn season is a series based on the Negative-Way as found in the notion of Nothingness. Two proponents of this Way are Nāgārjuna and John of the Cross. From the Mādhyamika thrust of Nāgārjuna it is … Continue reading

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It’s Here…

The following is a composite compilation of the new hermitage CONSTRUCTION High-loft window known as a roundel DELIVERY MOVING TO LOCATION WITH A VEHICLE KNOWN AS “THE MULE” My new hermitage is sold as a unit named “Writer’s Haven”, a selection … Continue reading

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It’s Coming…

The groundwork has already been prepared some time ago. The mid-summer rains have compacted the foundation of crushed-stone most nicely. A few more weeks and it shall arrive. Meanwhile, an ever-attentive *Buddha keeps vigil for its arrival. *The slab upon which … Continue reading

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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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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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The Sacrifice is the Thing

Vedic Origins of the Karmic Doctrine and Rebirth Before becoming a doctrinal formulation in the early Upanisads, karma had its antecedent roots in ancient Vedic ritual constructions: The word Karman (from which the term Karma is derived) in the pre-Upanisadic … Continue reading

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Karma and Rebirth

This January series will be a systematic study on Karma and Rebirth. We will consider the topic from many different perspectives, essentially broken down in the following schemata: Vedic Origins Early Buddhist Unborn Bhagavad Gita The Yogasūtras of Patañjali Mahayana … Continue reading

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The well of no origin

Please share what you have, so I may quench this thirst. The well is over there. Why don´t you taste the water yourself? Where? I cannot see it. Something is obviously in the way obscuring the view. How do I … Continue reading

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