Category Archives: The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead

Sans Sound: Bardo 3, Dhammasota

One of the most moving stories in the Bible is found in the Book of 1 Kings. It revolves around the time when Elijah the prophet was feeling down and out. He begged that the Lord’s strength would come and … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

The Undiscovered Country: Bardo 3, Yathabhutam

One of my favorite short stories is HG Wells’ “The Country of the Blind”, first published circa 1904. In a nutshell, an explorer discovers a hidden “mystical” valley wherein all the inhabitants lack the faculty of sight. Sensing that in … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Choicest Wine: Bardo 3, The Ariyan Mind

Before undertaking a breakdown of the Ten Stages of Mind Development it is best to posit their impact in Light of the Unborn. Above all, of course, the Lankavatarian Book of the Dead is a Lankavatarian interpretation; all references to … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Bardo 3, Prelude to the Ten Stages of Mind Development

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a famous story by Ambrose Bierce. It was wonderfully adapted for film in the early 1960’s by Robert Enrico as part of a trilogy of short films. It appeared as an episode for … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality, The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Tour Revisited: Bardo 3, Deep Samadhi Intro

I was amazed and so pleased that the Beatles film, Magical Mystery Tour, has now been fully digitized and released anew. For years since its inception, way back in 1967, there have only been some bootleg copies circulating around with … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Our Lady of the Void: Bardo 3, Yin Zen

Accompanying the Five-Dhyani Buddhas, actually complimenting them as Spiritual Cohorts are various Bodhisattvas. Maitrya is the MahaBodhisattva who compliments Akshobhya and both Avalokitesvara and Mañjuśrī compliment Amitābha. Avalokitesvara is androgynous in that both masculine and feminine energies are manifested. In … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality, The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Turn, Turn, Turn: Bardo 3, Vairocana

The Transformational Mandala of the Five Tathagatas or Dhyani Buddhas is a wonderful expedient vehicle in which to partake, embody and actualize the Higher Wisdom Sambhokayic Planes contained therein. If one diligently meditates with these Dharmadhatu Wisdom-Bodies then the influence … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Primordial Dragon: Bardo 3, Amoghasiddhi

Heralding from the Northern Hemisphere of the Transformational Mandala of the Five Tathagatas, Buddha Amoghasiddhi looms large in his Emerald-Green Buddha-field as he grasps his mighty Double-Vajra. Akshobhya’s own Sacred Vajra easily and readily sliced-through all relative-alayic-phenomena as no-thing in … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Land of the Setting Sun: Bardo 3, Amitabha

Of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, the one that stands out prominently in terms of popular-following and devotion is Amitabha Buddha. Tradition asserts that Bodhisattva Dharmakara proclaimed that when he attained Buddhahood (Amida Buddha), that anyone who should call upon his … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

High Noon: Bardo 3, Ratnasambhava

It’s been said that “High Noon”, or mid-day, highlights the Mark of Equanimity. There are no shadows. Everything is emblazoned with the same homogeneous-light. As the good book says, “His Sun shineth on both good and bad alike.” Such is … Continue reading

Posted in The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment