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The Nature of Dhyana

18. Q: What does it mean when The Mahaparinirvana Sutra states, “Excessive Dhyana over and above Wisdom issues in more ignorance (avidya), yet at the same time excessive wisdom canceling-out quality time spent in Dhyana leads to the issuance of … Continue reading

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The Immutability Factor

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  Hui Hai (720-814)  Q: What does it mean when the sutra says: “The sound of discussion has ceased, and the role of thought is done”?  A: Words are used to manifest the doctrine. After understanding the doctrine, then, words … Continue reading

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Three Blind Mice

3. The Disciples’ Reluctance to Visit Vimalakirti One perhaps asks the question, why do such noble personages—like Sariputra, Subhuti, and later the Bodhisattvas themselves—have such a reluctance to go and visit the ailing Vimalakirti? They are not, says Thurman, “pretending” … Continue reading

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