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Mind as Māyā

(Hakeda)  B. The Mind in Terms of Phenomena The Storehouse Consciousness  The Mind as phenomena (saṃsāra) is grounded on the Tathāgatagarbha. What is called the Storehouse Consciousness is that in which “neither birth nor death (nirvāṇa)” diffuses harmoniously with “birth and death (saṃsāra),” and yet in which both are neither identical nor different. This Consciousness has two aspects which embrace all states of existence and create all states of existence. Read more [...]

Mind As Absolute Suchness

(Hakeda) The part on outline has been given; next the part on interpretation [of the principle of Mahayana] will be given. It consists of three chapters: (1) Revelation of the True Meaning; (2) Correction of Evil Attachments; (3) Analysis of the Types of Aspiration for Enlightenment. Chapter One Revelation of True Meaning  ONE MIND AND ITS TWO ASPECTS The revelation of the true meaning [of the principle of Mahāyāna can be achieved] by [unfolding the doctrine] that the Read more [...]

Awakening of Faith: Preliminaries

INVOCATION (Hakeda) I take refuge in [the Buddha,] the greatly Compassionate One, the Savior of the world, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, of most excellent deeds in all the ten directions; And in [the Dharma,] the manifestation of his Essence, the Reality, the sea of Suchness, the boundless storehouse of excellencies; [And in the Sangha, whose members] truly devote themselves to the practice, May all sentient beings be made to discard their doubts, to cast aside their evil Read more [...]

The Mahāyāna-shraddhotpāda-shāstra

We next will be exploring perhaps the most significant document, alongside the Lankavatara Sutra, for adherents of Unborn Mind Zen as well as the best concise-systematic treatment of the Mahayana as a whole. This ‘Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana’ is attributed to the great early Buddhist philosopher and poet, Aśvaghosha: The fact that Aśvaghosha’s name was attached to the text, however, undoubtedly has had much to do with its popularity. He is known in Chinese as Maming or “Horse-neighing,” Read more [...]