New Publication

We are pleased to announce the publication of one of our series, The Cloud of Unknowing in Light of the Unborn, in paperback-pocket book edition. From the book's foreword: In reference to this present work, a classic of Western Spirituality, my own background as priest and as an eremitical ascetic of the Lankavatarian path places me squarely in both traditions thus offering a unique vantage point concerning Ascetical Contemplation. There are two primary forms of Contemplation. Active Contemplation Read more [...]
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The Unborn Mind Mythos

We are now in our twelfth year publishing blogs here at UnbornMind Zen, a genuine mind-voyage in which we explore a vast array of subject matter pertinent to our core mission. It has slowly become evident over the years that what has been revealed in these sessions is a kind of Mythos in its own right. We have categories ranging from a wide variety of Sutra-studies to contemplative spiritualities such as offered by Dionysius the Areopagite, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and most especially Read more [...]
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An Evening in the Afterglow

What is presented here now is in reference to the 100+ series we offer at UnbornMind Zen. We have selected here a series from early January and February, 2020, just before the Covid pandemic hit. It’s unusual and quite unlike other series we offer here and portions of it are truly prophetic in light of the resultant social-political upheavals that were and are the direct result of the Covid lockdown; accompanied, of course, with the ongoing ramifications of a self-collapsing civilization. But Read more [...]
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Ecce Animum

Genuine religious practice in Buddhism, for example, the teaching of self-awakening, entails the recovery of a primordial spiritual state of perfection. A recollection of a buddhic body that is present beyond the distorting haze of the three times as purely such. Before, the bifurcation (division) of consciousness into subject and object. Thus avoiding a habitually regeneration of an artificial subject-object consciousness.  More known as the body consciousness (or, the deluding consciousness Read more [...]
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The Unmoving Principle

Today you are offered a new expression: the Unmoving Principle. The unmoving principle is a derivative of Biguan, which meant "wall gazing" in ancient china. This mysterious and dark principle of the innermost power and nature of the true body and mind of the Buddha was metaphorically depicted in ancient china as Bodhidharma gazing at the wall. The meaning was not, like today’s modern zennists believe, to sit like a dunce and stare at the wall, attempting to seek peace of mind in silence…but Read more [...]
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The Mind is a Beautiful Thing

No ritual, no sound, no form, no prayer, no scripture, can ultimately free the mind from ignorance and suffering. Only the Unborn Mind recognizes its own becomings (divisions of self) and re-attunes to its true self nature, like an ocean swallowing its own waves. It is not for your present state of divided awareness power to ponder this paradox, but more to cease the resistance towards the truth body continuously striving to realign with itself. Without this act of complete surrendering to the Read more [...]
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The Creator

An earnest, true Lankavatarian adept of the Unborn Mind-school should recognize and be fully convinced that this triple world is nothing but a complex manifestation of one`s mental activities; that it is devoid of selfness and its belongings. That there are no strivings, no comings and no goings. In light of the Lanka, One should recognize and accept the fact that this triple world is manifested and imagined as real only under the influence of habit-energy that has been accumulated since the Read more [...]
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The Dharma of the Unborn Buddha Mind

There is no greater enemy than one’s own desires, one’s own fears, one’s own pride and one’s own self-ignorance. Rich or utterly poor. Powerful or powerless. Insidious or good. Whatever the karma behind our present body consciousness is, we should never accept it nor become too complacent with its transient images that once invited to roam freely, will ultimately re-focus our Minds to deem this illustrious haze of half-truths and lies as real-self or part of self-actualization.  The Read more [...]
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Springtime with Tozen

Every spring as the winter cold becomes a distant memory and everything about is brimming with life again, I like to take rides in the blossoming countryside. To accompany my reverie I always turn to the recordings of the Tozen teachings from our Bodhichild YouTube Channel, playing them from a memory stick implanted in my car’s dashboard. There’s a certain majesty about them, created back in the spring/summer of 2011 and originating from the teachings listed on the former Tozen Yahoo Group Read more [...]
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A Dream Within A Dream

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream (Edgar Allan Poe) Nothing, whatsoever, is born either of itself or of another. Nothing is ever produced whether it be being or a non-being or both being and non-being. Śaṅkara: For this reason, also, nothing whatsoever is born. That which is (supposed to be) born cannot be born of itself, of another or of both. Nothing, whether it be existing or non-existing, or both, is ever born. Of such an entity, birth is not possible in any manner Read more [...]
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