Archive for December, 2014

A Shamanistic Dimension

Just finished reading the Zennist’s post entitled Restoring our spiritual senses. It evokes a shamanistic-dimension to destabilize our “despiritualized culture.” Reading this for me was one of those synchronistic moments as my blog from this past summer, Notes from the Iron Stupa , had as its salient theme a Shamanistic-Dimension. As the Zennist states it may indeed take a “modern form of shamanism” accompanied with “spiritual artifacts” that include special forms of incense and Read more [...]

White Lotus on blue water

There is no-thing in the Unborn Mind, but its own pure light. Though this truth shines freely with its own auspicious luminosity, there for anyone to see, vast amounts of defilements hinders the everyday worldling from perceiving this truth as self-verifiable. Only the noble mind, that has penetrated the thin crust of the five skandhas in one firm transcendence of mind to Mind, exemplifies thus the immensity of a focused spiritual power, one needed as such by its user, as to disperse the Read more [...]

Selections from the Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra

The Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra can be likened unto an ancient repository of forty-nine texts of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras. As such it is also known in its abbreviated title, the Ratnakūṭa Sūtra, or a heap containing some precious jewels of the Mahāyāna. There are indeed some great Dharma-Jewels contained within it. Our primary resource that houses excellent translations of these texts is A Treasury of Mahāyāna Sūtras: Selections from the Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra, Translated from the Read more [...]

Update on Blog

Just a little update on our blog. The new 4.1 version of WordPress is still in the process of trying to work out some incompatibility issues. For instance, you may be noticing that our "categories" feature keeps appearing and disappearing. Also, our fine library keeps disappearing as well. Our hope is that these issues will work themselves out soon, so we kindly ask for your understanding. Thank-you. Read more [...]

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 color, nor on empty space, earth, water, fire, wind, nor even on what has been seen, heard, remembered, or conceived. All thoughts, as soon as they are conjured up, are to be discarded, and even the thought of discarding them is to be put away, for Read more [...]

Praxis: Part I

(Hakeda) Part 4  On Faith and Practice  Having already discussed interpretation, we will now present a discussion of faith and practice. This discussion is intended for those who have not yet joined the group of beings who are determined to attain enlightenment.  Suzuki: This part of the discourse is intended for those beings who have not yet entered into the order of constant truth (samyaktvaniyata-rāśi-spiritual steadfastness) As is indicated this part of the discourse is Read more [...]

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 aspiration for enlightenment can be distinguished. The first is the aspiration for enlightenment through the perfection of faith. The second is the aspiration for enlightenment through understanding Read more [...]

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 the Dharmakaya of the Tathagata is, in the final analysis, quiescent, like empty space, ordinary men think that the nature of the Tathāgata is, indeed, the same as empty space, for they do not know [that the purpose of the sūtra is to uproot Read more [...]

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 was not brought into existence in the beginning nor will it cease to be at the end of time; it is eternal through and through.  Mind is Perfect-Suchness in an endless bravura of actuosity. In IT is no beginning or end. It Read more [...]

raison d’être

(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 is “subtle,” for [those who belong to this category are] disunited from the [subtle activities of the defiled] mind. [Again, each category may in turn be subdivided into the cruder and the subtler.] The Read more [...]
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