Tag Archives: Dhyana

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 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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Karmāśaya

In conjunction with earlier blogs in this series, Patañjali’s work does not beat around the bush—there needs to be a daily purification of the sattva, of one’s being. If not undertaken, future karmic seeds will continue to run amok. Mircea … Continue reading

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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 Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

The renowned teacher of Huangbo and Linzi, Dazhu Huihai lived and taught during the Tang dynasty in the late eighth century. While any official dating of his birth is unknown, he was born in Jianzhou in Southeast China and became … Continue reading

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Bodhidharma Dhyana

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Some might suspect from reading this series that Tsung-mi was someone who only emphasized the scholastic-side of Ch’an Buddhism. They would be wrong. Tsung-mi’s spirituality was a healthily balanced one—one that took Sūtra Study very seriously, yet at the same … Continue reading

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Lost Zen-beginner, but with a great heart?

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Lost Zen-beginner, but with a great heart? – No sweat, Buddha Priya to the rescue… BUDDHAPRIYA was an indian Buddhist monk whom arrived around 100 years after Bodhidharmas death to China. Compared to the extreme tamasic Zen style by Bodhidharma, … Continue reading

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Staying in the Mind Current

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iii. 2. Dhyana 3.2 Uninterrupted Meditation Dhyana is sustained Dhāranā. After mastering the ability to remain focused on one point without any interruption, one then develops the ability to enter into an uninterrupted current of focus. It is said that … Continue reading

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Yoga’s Eight Limbs

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ii. 28-29 Yoga’s Eight-Limbs are the means to transformation 2.28 When the impurities have dried-up, Right Perception dawns pointing the way to Re-union with the Unborn. The upcoming sutras focus on Patañjali’s practical means to subdue the skandhas and rise … Continue reading

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