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Evan was deeply disturbed by the deplorable condition of humanity. Adaptation was key. The phenomenon of adaptation is characterized by discernible patterns. When confronted with a novel or modified milieu, an individual may either successfully adapt and persevere, or succumb to psychological distress and retreat from the challenge of confronting unfamiliar circumstances. Evan experienced disillusion, yet he was not deceived. He was cognizant that the panorama exhibited in front of him was a mere contrivance. It was simply a three-dimensional holographic projection, projected in space to simulate the impression of a palpable actuality. read more

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Ecce Animum

Genuine religious practice in Buddhism, for example, the teaching of self-awakening, entails the recovery of a primordial spiritual state of perfection. A recollection of a buddhic body that is present beyond the distorting haze of the three times as purely such. Before, the bifurcation (division) of consciousness into subject and object. Thus avoiding a habitually regeneration of an artificial subject-object consciousness.  More known as the body consciousness (or, the deluding consciousness of desire, self-division and becoming). read more

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The Unmoving Principle

Today you are offered a new expression: the Unmoving Principle.
The unmoving principle is a derivative of Biguan, which meant “wall gazing” in ancient china. This mysterious and dark principle of the innermost power and nature of the true body and mind of the Buddha was metaphorically depicted in ancient china as Bodhidharma gazing at the wall. The meaning was not, like today’s modern zennists believe, to sit like a dunce and stare at the wall, attempting to seek peace of mind in silence…but more to meditate at the very undefiled and permanent nature of the unmoving principle (thus allowing the mind to unfold itself like a solid unmoving wall, yet lightning fast in all ten directions). This can be called the suprapositional nature of the Mind, e.g., it is never in itself positioned, composed, crystallized, but more the dynamo that empowers the illusion (animus) of the becomed, of the desired; that is, the moving. Thus we try to become more of the unmoving principle (the unborn) and lesser of the moving principle, (breath for example).
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Mind Conventions

  1. [Cleary]: Illusion is not nonexistent; its existence is spoken of because it is of the same nature of things; unreal, like a flash of lightning, they are therefore noted as analogous to illusion.

You have to realize that for a Lankavatarian who adheres to the teachings of the Lanka, the visible-objective world, while a product of illusion, is not non-existent. It is what Tozen once described as a “concrete intellectual synthesis highly visible and touchable”. One can be assured of this if a Zen-Master were to suddenly slap you so hard that your teeth begin to rattle inside that noggin of yours! This concreteness though is still the stuff of Maya—synthesized matter. Breaking this matter down using a quantum-lens, it is a bundle of molecules swimming in a vast cosmic pool filled with particles of hyle. An advanced one, a Yogin who possesses exceptional siddhis powers can break-through the seeming solidness of the wall and can even become invisible at will, or even walk right through that apparently solid wall!  Such a one is known as a Master [over] illusion—because once that wall is thoroughly broken down to that last hyle-particle, deceptive concrete existence is smothered with nothingness. read more

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Spontaneous Illumination

Shastra on the Importance of Entering the Path of Spontaneous Awakening

1. I reverently bow before all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from the Ten Directions, as well as all Awakened Beings who espouse the Bodhimind.
In composing this humble Shastra, I am aware that, indirectly, certain deficiencies may disrupt the pristine eminence of the True Nature of the Unborn Mind. If this be so, I pray that the intercession of the Blessed Tathāgata may intervene to reveal the unobstructed Buddhagnosis that will lead many to discern the undividedness of their own Bodhimind and Spirit. read more

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Yoga of the Manomayakāya

Lankavatarian Foundations

All beings are likened to forms originated in an illusion or a dream; since there is no self, others, or both, there is no arising of them. When practitioners penetrate “nothing but self-mind,” and thus realize the non-being of external beings, they therefore realize the non-arising of discriminatory faculties… read more

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Bodhidharma Dhyana

Some might suspect from reading this series that Tsung-mi was someone who only emphasized the scholastic-side of Ch’an Buddhism. They would be wrong. Tsung-mi’s spirituality was a healthily balanced one—one that took Sūtra Study very seriously, yet at the same time being willing to cultivate the full-import of Ch’an—which essentially refers to faithfully practicing Dhyana. In fact, his subtitle to the Ch’an Prolegomenon is, “COLLECTION OF EXPRESSIONS OF THE PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE OF DHYANA” (Broughton). Here’s his wonderful definition for the Absolute make-up of Dhyana/Ch’an: read more

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