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(25) The Prisoner

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The best sign of knowing that you really have entered the true spiritual principle of the Buddhadharma is that in the beginning all hell breaks loose. Your ordinary life and mind seems at times turned upside down. Why you might … Continue reading

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(18) Now

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You are in truth, pure light. No more, no less. The only reality of this light is NOW and nothing else. Do not mistake this, NOW, to be the temporal moments of your body-consciousness, for its true nature eludes the … Continue reading

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Right Attitude

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  3.31 Those that live fully attuned with my teachings, with undivided faith in the Unborn, are freed from the karmic wheel. The wise keep their minds wholeheartedly on the Dharma, with no wavering within the mind of skandhic consciousness. … Continue reading

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The Muni

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2.54 Arjuna addressed the Blessed One, “O’ Lord, what is the transcendent sign that we may recognize someone who is always in deep-samādhis? What would be the signs in his speech, his silent gaze, and in his movements that would … Continue reading

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Sans Skandhas, Part 2

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  In the Sutra, Ānanda continues to equate Mind’s essence with transient discrepancies. The Tathagata even jokingly says at one point, “Now where is it???” Ānanda actually goes through “seven locations” wherein Mind can be positioned until he reaches the … Continue reading

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Sans Skandhas, Part 1

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  In the midst of the great assembly, the World Honored One then extended his golden arm, rubbed Ananda’s crown, and said to Ananda and the great assembly, “There is a samadhi called the King of the Foremost Shurangama at … Continue reading

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The Void is devoid of Void

5. The Consolation of the Invalid, cont’d Manjusri: Householder, why is your house empty? Why have you no servants? Vimalakirti: Manjusri, all buddha-fields are also empty. Manjusri: What makes them empty? Vimalakirti: They are empty because of emptiness. Manjusri: What … Continue reading

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A Phantasmagoric Voyage

3. The Disciples’ Reluctance to Visit Vimalakirti, cont’d The Buddha then said to the venerable Mahakatyayana, “Katyayana, go to the Licchavi Vimalakirti to inquire about his illness.” Katyayana replied, “Lord, I am indeed reluctant to go that good man to … Continue reading

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Contemplation

The dark contemplation, aligned with the Spirit of Bodhi, descends like a blanket of divine darkness over the sensate and spiritual faculties of the adept. What transpires next is a refined cleansing of both faculties. Firstly, the skandhas are purged, … Continue reading

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