Monthly Archives: May 2015

Contemplative Sojourn IV

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Greetings from Vajragoni here at Unborn Mind Zen.

Once again it’s that annual-junction wherein my time apart from active blogging begins. Since last August in arriving back from Contemplative Sojourn III many new installments have been added over the course of this last season. Our most recent series, The Secret Golden Light of the Unborn, involved a re-visioning of the mystical-spiritual technique of turning-around-the light. Prior to that a series was offered on a sutra pertaining to Akshobhya’s Pure Land. An in-depth series on Māra and Satan was undertaken, a scholarly approach utilizing James W. Boyd’s excellent 1975 work, Satan and Māra: Christian and Buddhist Symbols of Evil, along with Robert Warren Clark’s excellent Dissertation, Māra: Psychopathology and Evil in the Buddhism of India and Tibet, which was also utilized in the series. At the turning of the New Year a three-fold series on selections from the Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra began, initiated by the familiar Lion’s Roar of Queen Śrīmālā, followed by Mañjuśrī Teaches Prajñāpāramitā and culminating in the aforementioned The Dharma-Door of Praising Tathagāta Akṣhobhya’s Merits (a Sutra on Akshobhya’s Pure Land). Along with the Lion’s Roar of Queen Śrīmālā, another major Doctrinal Text, the very familiar Mahāyāna, The Awakening of Faith series was presented during the month of December. At the beginning of November a series on Zen Master Bassui, Mud and Water: Bassui Zen was offered. October was spent studying Julius Evola’s masterful work, The Doctrine of Awakening. read more

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Closing Reflection: The Secret Golden Light of the Unborn

The opening chapter of this series posed a question: was it the younger-version of myself from 1981 making a return-visit to inspire the older version to recollect the subject matter in greater detail? One thing is certain. That young man planted the seeds in 1981 that would inevitably blossom in the composition of this series in 2015. The Secret Golden Light of the Unborn has developed into a fine spiritual-treatise on the technique of turning-around-the-light; or as referenced often throughout these blog-posts, the Great Turn-About in the inner depths of consciousness in order to discover the Golden-Thread, which if faithfully followed, would lead one back to their True Primordial Home. read more

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