Category Archives: The Vajrasamādhi Sutra

Anutpāda

What really fine-tunes Wŏnhyo’s contribution to this series is his fine-art of balancing principles with praxis. His opening comments for the beginning of his exegesis at the beginning of this chapter pivots directly on Right Practice: At the time when … Continue reading

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The Original Mind-King

Chapter Two: The Signless Dharma, cont’d Vimukti Bodhisattva addressed the Buddha: “How is it that the nature of the tathagatagarbha is calm and motionless?” The Buddha replied, “The characteristics of arising and demise of the tathagatagarbha’s functions and discretions are … Continue reading

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The Façade of Mind

Chapter Two: The Signless Dharma, cont’d Vimukti Bodhisattva addressed the Buddha: “Lord! For those sentient beings who conceive of a self (grasping of ego) or conceive of a mind (grasping of dharmas), what Dharma will awaken them and lead them … Continue reading

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The Signless Void

In ITs Totality IT is like the Great Void, Lacking nothing, and not self-indulgent. When you discriminate, you miss IT, As such, IT’s Suchness is lost. Let-go of conditions, Forget about Emptiness. Resting serenely in the Unborn, Dualistic Dreams are … Continue reading

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The Seal of the One Dharma

Before commencing to the sutra, an exegesis of the very term Vajra-Samādhi is in order. Let us turn, then, to the skilled technician in dharma-samādhi itself, the Korean scholar-monk, Wŏnhyo. We have covered “Vajra” in many previous blogs, the term … Continue reading

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VS: The Ch’an Factor

The opening blog of this series touched upon the Ch’an usages of shou-i, or “Keeping the One”: To “guard the one without wavering” means to be intent on viewing the one thing [the Buddha-mind] with this void and pure eye. … Continue reading

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VS: Doctrinal Foundations

One will discover in studying the Vajrasamādhi Sūtra that by and large at its core rests the Tathāgatagarbha: The notion of tathāgatagarbha can be reduced to a simple premise: that deluded, ordinary beings possess in their very makeup the capacity to … Continue reading

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The Vajrasamādhi Sutra

Wŏnhyo Our next text for study from our sūtra-series is the Vajrasamādhi Sūtra. Firstly, a thank-you is in order for one of our readers, JB, who recently brought this magnificent text to our attention. We are also indebted to Robert … Continue reading

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