Category Archives: A Mystical Odyssey through the Sagathakam

A further look at the Vijñānas

The Sagathakam posits numerous statements concerning the Vijñānas, as does the Lanka as a whole. Doing a search here at Unborn Mind Zen you will discover a rich source of connotations concerning the vijnanic system. This blog offers a further … Continue reading

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Prajñā

Image by Lori Gardi As long as there is something attained, there is so much error rising; when the Mind itself is thoroughly understood, error neither rises nor ceases. The perennial problem often with zen-adepts is that some form of … Continue reading

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Why Birth, Why Death?

Having now covered a healthy dose of this series on the Sagathakam, you may have observed that many of these gathas (verses) are repetitious in nature. It’s as if the Sagathakam is one long spiritual exercise for students of the … Continue reading

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Nāgāhvaya

159-161. (Cleary]: With five fives plus five, and nine flaws, covered with nails, teeth, and hair, one is born, quivering. Like a maggot when newborn, the human being is as if awakened from sleep; form becomes visible by means of … Continue reading

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I Can See Clearly Now

Imagining by this imagination, self-substance is conceived to rise by the conditions of origination (pratyayabhava); an external world is recognized in distortion, there is [in fact] no such external world, but just the Mind. Pratyayabhava: from the root pratyaya: paccaya … Continue reading

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Turning-back Home

[Cleary]: The appearance of objects to humans is thought; thought expresses what is imagined.  There is no object; it is only thought; without imagination, one is freed. Close in conjunction with the motto of a Lankavatarian: What the mind focuses … Continue reading

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Namen

The constructing of appearances (nimitta) created by delusion is the characteristic mark of Paratantra (dependence) knowledge; the giving of names to those appearances [regarding them as real individual existences] is characteristic of the imagination. When the constructing of appearances and … Continue reading

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Minus the Creator God

[Cleary]: Imagination, what is imagined, and imagination’s action, bondage, what is bound, and being bound—these six are reasons for liberation. The number 6 is most prominent in Buddhism, witness the six paramitas, the six realms of impermanence, and even six … Continue reading

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A Phantom Elephant

If such errors were granted, it would not be possible to talk about the non-existence of self-substance; as the nature of reality is erroneously understood, there is something perceived where there is really no self-substance; all is indeed non-existent. When … Continue reading

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The self-nature of all things

Painting by Michael Newhall (Chapter II, v.10) Hearing his words the Buddha, the best knower of the world, looking over the whole assembly, spoke to the son of the Sugata thus: (Chapter II, v. 174) The Sankha and the Vaiseshika … Continue reading

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