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Contemplative Sojourn V

Greetings from Vajragoni here at Unborn Mind Zen. It’s time yet again for that annual junction wherein my time apart from active blogging begins. Since last August in arriving back from Contemplative Sojourn IV many new blog-series have been offered. … Continue reading

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Dharmakaya Abbey

                      Dharmakaya Abbey Located in the heart of the Mohawk Valley on 7.8 beautiful acres of land, Dharmakaya-Abbey offers a monastic-venue for individual and group retreats in a relaxing setting … Continue reading

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Contemplative Sojourn IV

Robert Masla Studios 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 … Continue reading

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Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Buddhas

The Sasal Buddha at Bamiyan, Afghanistan, pictured before its destruction in 2001. Photograph: Ian Griffiths/Corbis Lest we forget…. It is always a shock reaching Bamiyan, coming face to face with the two huge cavities in the cliff face. The upright … Continue reading

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The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Most interesting find: Paul Copp’s new book, The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (Columbia University Press, 2014), focuses on Chinese interpretations and uses of two written dhāraṇī during the last few centuries of the first millennium.  … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice

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Jeffrey L. Broughton’s new anthology looks like a real gem; from his intro: “Zhuhong published the Chan Whip in 1600, the late Ming dynasty. However, to characterize the Chan Whip as simply “late Ming Chan” would be grossly inaccurate. It … Continue reading

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Nade Te Turbe

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Loving all things Carmelite (in particular the spirituality of St. John of the Cross), wanted to share this remarkable video of a “virtual-choir” of Discalced Carmelite Nuns from around the world. They are cloistered, but through the wonders of technology, … Continue reading

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Contemplative Sojourn III

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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 arriving back last August from Contemplative Soujorun II we have added a lot of new material. A series … Continue reading

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The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency

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Just came across this: Scholars have long been intrigued by the Buddha’s defining action (karma) as intention. This book explores systematically how intention and agency were interpreted in all genres of early Theravada thought. It offers a philosophical exploration of … Continue reading

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