Category Archives: Spirituality

A Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga’s Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries

For those so inclined, this massive volume is well worth considering: Details: The Mahāyānasamgraha, published here with its Indian and Tibetan commentaries in three volumes, presents virtually everything anybody might want to know about the Yogācāra School of mahāyāna Buddhism. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Friendships

Truly let us praise the joy of companionship! Better or equal ones should be chosen as friends. If these are not found, living blamelessly, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. While emphasizing the element of solitude, … Continue reading

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Intrusions!

When amidst companions one is approached with requests in the house, and where one stands, walks or wanders. Seeking independence which is undesired by others, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. Interruptions are the assassins of … Continue reading

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A Deer Tale

As an unbound deer in the forest seeks a feeding-place when it wills, wise, seeking independence, one should live alone, like the horn of a rhinoceros. We have a lot of wandering deer foraging for food in my area, particularly … Continue reading

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The foreverness of Zen

Nothing in this life is Zen. Not your assumed birth, nor an inevitable cessation of your present biological matrix. One´s dreams, desires, ideas, and imaginations are not Zen. Faith in Zen, or the dharma, is not Zen. This world, or … Continue reading

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Coming soon, Khaggavisana Sutta: A Rhinoceros

I was inspired to take-on this series on after reading a dialog between n. yeti and Vyartha over on The Zennist Blog. Given the nature of the present social-malaise in our world at large, this promises to be a most … Continue reading

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The Truth About Enlightenment

The Samantabhadrī Discourse continues: [Chapter 15] Listen, Great Bodhi-Being! My own Being is Self-evident. In this respect I Am actualizing you. By virtue of this Self-Evident Nature, you are a manifestation of Me; thus make this Actualization your own. If … Continue reading

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The Guru of the Inner-Ear

3. The Guru of the Inner-Ear Then the [Supreme Source], mind of perfect purity, spoke about “How I have become in the past the maker of all things:” Much prefer the translation for this from the text, The Supreme Source: … Continue reading

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Kulayarāja Tantra—The Motherly Buddha

Firstly, I’d like to commend Jonathan for forwarding me the link to the E. K. Neumaier-Dargyay’s translation (The Sovereign All-Creating Mind-The Motherly Buddha:A Translation of the Kun byed rgyal po’i mdo) of this majestic-work. Am most familiar with her erudite … Continue reading

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A Mystical Odyssey through the Sagathakam

As mentioned back in August, our winter series will be based on the concluding segment of The Lankavatara Sutra entitled Sagathakam. The title succinctly translates as Verse Anthology. Red Pine writes of the significance of this final section of the … Continue reading

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