Tag Archives: Suchness

The Zen of your own-being

Om svabhava suddha sarva dharma svabhava suddho’ham. [1] Character is nothing, own-being is everything. Thus, such is the path of enlightenment  that a being of good merit should choose not to foster character but unveil the clear light of their own-being … Continue reading

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Praxis: Part II

(Hakeda) The Practice of Cessation Should there be a man who desires to practice “cessation,” he should stay in a quiet place and sit erect in an even temper. [His attention should be focused] neither on breathing nor on any form or … Continue reading

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Seeds of Faith

(Hakeda) CHAPTER THREE Analysis of the Types of Aspiration for Enlightenment, or The Meanings of Yāna  All bodhisattvas aspire to the enlightenment (bodhi; Ch., dao) realized by all the buddhas, disciplining themselves to this end, and advancing toward it. Briefly, three types of … Continue reading

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The Tathagata’s Womb

Carl Van Brunt (Hakeda) CHAPTER TWO The Correction of Evil Attachments I.THE BIASED VIEWS HELD BY ORDINARY MEN There are five kinds of biased views held by ordinary men that may be discussed. Hearing that it is explained in the sutra that … Continue reading

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The Realm of Suchness

(Hakeda) THE ESSENCE ITSELF AND THE ATTRIUBUTES OF SUCHNESS, OR THE MEANING OF MAHĀ A.The Greatness of the Essence of Suchness  [The essence of Suchness] knows no increase or decrease in ordinary men, the Hīnayānists, the bodhisattvas, or the buddhas. It … Continue reading

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raison d’être

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(Hakeda) The Characteristics of Beings in Saṃsāra  In analyzing the characteristics of beings in saṃsāra, two categories may be distinguished. The one is “crude,” for [those who belong to this category are] united with the [crude activities of the defiled] mind; the other … Continue reading

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The Yogācarā Connection

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(Hakeda) c. The Relationships Between Enlightenment and Nonenlightenment  Two relationships exist between the enlightened and nonenlightened states. They are “identity” and “nonidentity.”  (1) Identity  Just as pieces of various kinds of pottery are of the same nature in that they are made … Continue reading

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A Disturbance in the Force

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(Hakeda)  b. The Aspect of Nonenlightenment  Because of not truly realizing oneness with Suchness, there emerges an unenlightened mind and, consequently, its thoughts. These thoughts do not have any validity to be substantiated; therefore, they are not independent of the … Continue reading

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Mind As Absolute Suchness

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(Hakeda) The part on outline has been given; next the part on interpretation [of the principle of Mahayana] will be given. It consists of three chapters: (1) Revelation of the True Meaning; (2) Correction of Evil Attachments; (3) Analysis of the Types … Continue reading

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The Mahāyāna-shraddhotpāda-shāstra

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We next will be exploring perhaps the most significant document, alongside the Lankavatara Sutra, for adherents of Unborn Mind Zen as well as the best concise-systematic treatment of the Mahayana as a whole. This ‘Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana’ … Continue reading

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