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What Need Forgiveness?

Recently a question was asked about understanding of forgiveness from a Ch’an perspective. An aspiring Ch’an adept would learn soon enough that this is a totally meaningless question. For instance, the Diamond Sutra would ask, “Forgiveness from what and for whom?” From this realization forgiveness is a useless platitude. Even within the Catholic Confessional the priest “absolves” one from sin, but the actual “forgiveness” needs to be done by oneself, to be able to forgive oneself; absolvement implies totally erasing it—as if it was never there to begin with. The forgiveness factor is a personal thing for the apparent person—in this sense it’s a release from guilt and nothing more. So in actuality it’s a “skandhic-thing”. Yet we know that when the skandhas are disbanded there was really no-person in the first place. Hence, what need forgiveness? read more

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A Hard Day’s Night

Deep looks upon Deep as the Singular-Whole,
And all External Associations are rendered Mute.
The ten-thousand things coalesce with Essential-Sameness,
You and the Dharmakaya are strangers no more. read more

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Transcending Karma

4.16 Even the greatest of spiritual sojourners’ become erratic when distinguishing between action and inaction. Yet, I will reveal to you what true-action is that will empower you to transcend all evil. read more

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Transcendent Modes of Action

4.13 Through the distribution of the gunas and karmic action in humanities fold, the mental tendencies formed in caste-like structure. Even though I animated all of this into motion, know also that I am within my own nature immovable. read more

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(3) Faith in the Unborn

Indeed, I tell you all.

Have faith in this, light, which enables your
present mind to conceive innumerable images. read more

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Detached Action

Hence, Arjuna, always be mindful of acting with no-attachments. Just do what is required of you without desiring any particular outcomes. Just Recollect that all will unfold as it should in the Unborn. read more

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3.9 Wordly bondage occurs when actions are initiated for personal-material gain. Therefore, Arjuna, in your labors remain unattached and offer spiritual yajna as an inner-oblation utterly free from any attachment. read more

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Three: The Yoga of Action

Karma Yoga

3.1 Blessed One, if you think discernment is superior to decisive action, why do you insist that I carry out this destructive act, inquired Arjuna. read more

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The Cult of the Dead

In the Karmadhatu Dukkha is Inevitable

ii.15 The Discriminatory mind is the root of all pain

Fascination with things like the “Walking Dead and Zombies” has been around for quite awhile. Back in 1932 there was a film with Bela Lugosi entitled, “White Zombie”, which has become a cult classic. During the 1950’s there were films like “The Invisible Invaders” with John Carradine and John Agar, a story about invaders from Outer Space taking up residence in the corpses of human beings. It was one of my “Saturday Matinee” favorites on the ol’ black and white Tube as a kid in the ‘60s. Then in 1968 came “Night of the Living Dead”, which is really the old grand-dad of Flesh-eating Zombie types, like the little girl who eventually munched away on her parents. This film spawned many more throughout the years, like “Day of the Dead”, “Dawn of the Dead”, ect. But the one that seems to hold the greatest fascination in recent years is the AMC continuing series, “The Walking Dead.” People are really into these “animated-corpse” types of subject matter; there are even people going around getting dressed-up in Ghoul-makeup and having their own personal “zombie weddings”. Why all the fascination with this kind of phenomena? Is it just merely another passing fad? One would hope so. But perhaps there’s another form of metaphor at work here, one that this next sutra by Patañjali can help us with. read more

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ii.12-14 Karma is rooted in the Five Obstructions and will measure out what is recklessly initiated.

2.12 The womb of karma (karmasaya) is impregnated by the Five Obstructions and any forthcoming karmas will mature whether in this present lifetime, in parallel realities, and in future births to come. read more

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