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The Abyss

Pamela and Evan found themselves standing before a deep pit, blocking their path. As they peered down into the depths of the pit, their eyes widened in shock and horror. A vast sea of writhing, squirming bodies filled the space below, each one desperately clawing and scrabbling at the walls in a frenzied attempt to escape. read more

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Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī

The Most Noble Bodhisattva Mañjuśrī forthwith arose from his seat in the sacred assembly, bowed and then prostrated himself at the feet of the Tathagata and then circumambulated about him three times to the right. He then knelt down and with hands clasped in a manner depicting sublime devotion, invoked the Blessed One. read more

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Origin of the One who Suffers

Chapter Ten: On the Four Truths

There’s an interesting copy of this chapter translated by Charles Patton found on the old Dark Zen website. The notable difference from other copies concerns the line, “That which is called [the sufferer] is not called the noble truth of suffering.” The translation otherwise found says “That which is called [suffering].” Whatever the reason was for the change, it fits in perfectly with the main thrust of the chapter as “the origin of the one who suffers”. The subsequent exegesis will further explain this examination. The opening line will include the change as found at that Dark Zen site. read more

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You are Not your Pain

ii.17-24 Identification with Phenomena is the Cause of Pain

2.17 When The Self Yokes with Everything It is Not. read more

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The Hard Won Path

The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

Book II: The Hard Won Path

Whereas Book I was the heart of Patañjali’s Yoga sutras—the Hardcore Teachings of eradicating all thought-obstructions in order to “Yoke” with the Unborn—Book II is a practicum—a “how to guide” of developing the yogic discipline needed in order to successfully navigate through the turbulent samsaric seas before experiencing the Re-Union (Yoked-ness) with the Nirvanic Shore of Suchness. This is the Yoga of Action. read more

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The Best Decision

Well, at long last the drawn-out campaign season here in the USA will finally be coming to a close. Once again the nastiness of the political beasts and cultural wars was very much in vogue, replaying the same ol’ delusional lies and ignorant games over and over and over. When all is said and done it won’t really be said and done since the “polarization” that’s been afflicting the nation promises to widen the great divide with greater gusto more than ever. In the words of the poet, “What’s it all about, Alfie?” read more

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