The Core of the Issue

The Core of the issue—the bottom line—is the belief that a psychophysical formal based being is in need of attaining an afterlife. As the Diamond Sutra teaches, “no one is to be called a Bodhisattva, for whom there should exist the idea of a being or non-being, the idea of any form of living entity, or the idea of a person”. This is perhaps the most pivotal line in all Buddhism. One is in grave error if they even begin to conceive of such notions. The Lanka also sheds light on this whole Read more [...]
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Where There Are No Shadows

It needs to be noted that within the Lanka, and within Unborn Mind Zen too, the notion of the reality of an objective world is not denied within its own relativity; Tozen once taught that, "You have to understand that for we Lankavatarians, the world is a concrete intellectual synthesis highly visible and touchable.” So the sensualist notions of the afterlife are very real since “what the mind focuses on determines its reality.” There is a Jehovah Heaven, just as there is a Gehenna and Read more [...]
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Preparation for the Afterlife

Many consider that events in the saha realm have never been worse. The gods of many realms are not pleased. Humanity has reached a terrible low from which there is no return. It's worse than Sodom and Gomorrah ever was. The natural order has been defiled and dragged through the mud. Best recourse? Make preparations for the afterlife because it’s due on the horizon. And yet, what is the afterlife? Is it a particular place, or more that an individual's stream of consciousness continues in some Read more [...]
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Magna Summatio

Being a summation of the salient teachings found within the Ashtavakra Gita in Light of the Unborn 10.1 Knowing Oneself as the Absolute, and that both existence and non-existence are but figments of the imagination, what is left to say or do for the Shining Ones bathed in non-discrimination? The Self transcends all categories bearing the marks of existence and non-existence. Having ascended to Self-gnosis, what is left to be known or attained?  10.2 Like a dry-leaf blowing in the wind, Read more [...]
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Sweet Gnosis of the Self

  Ashtavakra: 9.1 A man of Pure Intuition realizes the treasure of Self-Gnosis upon hearing just a casual teaching; whereas a worldling becomes bewildered regardless of the message taught. A man of the Unborn is instilled with an Invincible Intuition that naturally uncovers Great Truths; a worldling depends upon surface and secondhand knowledge that pales in comparison. 9.2 Liberation consists in a profound distaste for all sensate phenomena. Love of the senses assures a lifetime of Read more [...]
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Waves of Fulfillment

Janaka: 8.1 Firstly, I became intolerant of all physicality; next of excessive speech, and then of all thought-patterns. Thus so I remain Here, in the Unborn. In these verses Janaka has successfully learned to remain still in the Unborn, thus reducing all maddening surface activity. Notice the initially-stressed syllable on “Here”, thus highlighting the effect of forever being in the Unborn. 8.2 All surface and inner-noise as well as blinding phenomenalizations no longer have any Read more [...]
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A Spirit of Quietude

Ashtavakra: 7.1 Be aware that desiring both pleasure and prosperity can eventually lead to great misfortunes. They can never be your friends, even though they may be cloaked in virtue signaling. The Absolute Way of the Unborn can never be fruitful as long as seeds of desire, in whatever form—either pleasurable or harmful—remain at bay. All things need to be put aside in order for the Light of Self to shine through unhindered. 7.2 Consider all relationships, consisting of friends, Read more [...]
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A Quality of Detachment

Ashtavakra: 6.1 Duties done and left undone, forgo this game of opposites and the imaginary [person] to whom they are owed. Be detached from such annoyances and turn away from them with an eye of indifference.   As long as we consider this saha-realm to be real we cannot ever escape from the game of opposites that impose harsh duties on the unaware mind. Break-free from the hollowness of this mad state of affairs by developing a quality of total-detachment.   6.2 Rare are the Blessed Ones Read more [...]
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The Four-fold Way to Dissolution

Ashtavakra: 5.1 You have no contact with phenomena, therefore you are not bound to anything. What need to renounce? Extinguish the five aggregates thus initiating Dissolution. The disbandment of the five aggregates assures no further contact with unwholesome dharmatas. 5.2 The Universe arises out of you like foaming bubbles. Know the Ātman to be the One Lord over all thus entering into Dissolution. Gnosis that the Ātman Alone is all there is negates the phenomenal world; in this Read more [...]
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Where the Gods Fear to Tread

Janaka: 4.1 The Knower of Self-awareness continues to play the game of life unaffected by the vicissitudes suffered by the bewildered common herd. The Realized One is unattached to the joys and sorrows experienced by the worldlings and therefore journeys through life as if observing a dramatic play. In these six verses Janaka has learned well his Master’s admonitions. 4.2 The Muni feels no elation even in the exalted states that the gods themselves so desperately yearn for. The Read more [...]
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