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The Lower and the Higher

“What is the enigma shrouding the Tower?” inquired Evan.

The teacher replied, “My sole objective is to consistently assist you in unraveling the most significant enigma of all. This mystery surpasses all others, both past and future. Once you have deciphered it, all other mysteries will gradually become apparent, as they are illuminated by this one.” read more

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Springtime with Tozen

Every spring as the winter cold becomes a distant memory and everything about is brimming with life again, I like to take rides in the blossoming countryside. To accompany my reverie I always turn to the recordings of the Tozen teachings from our Bodhichild YouTube Channel, playing them from a memory stick implanted in my car’s dashboard. There’s a certain majesty about them, created back in the spring/summer of 2011 and originating from the teachings listed on the former Tozen Yahoo Group message board. These are archived now (*in our library) and measure in the thousands—from teachings, poems, interactions with students and even evolving insights from the students themselves. Riding along and listening to them brings new vitality to the spirit and even inspires new Buddhaic visions. This present series revisits those teachings and presents them in their original form, accompanied now with an exegesis of each invigorating lesson from the Mystic of the Unborn Buddha Mind himself. Enjoy the ride! read more

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Bodhipower—yours to use or abuse

Left to its own devices mind is constantly on self-destruct alert. It is always living on the periphery of life, neglecting its absolute center which houses the antidote–the only means of avoiding that self-destruct button. The mind needs to re-code its priorities, today there is no other choice, either one reboots the mind-set or else global suicide will be the result. Bodhipower itself is neutral, it is either in the service of Self-awakening and transcendence or, by way of inversion, in the service of self-destruction. It can free mind from its tethers or allow it to go off gallivanting into the sunset of disservice by serving the dark masters of ruin and annihilation. So, this great power at the center of your being is always at your disposal; it will follow your lead or you will allow its improper misuse to lead you downwards into karmic consequences too horrible to even fathom. The choice is always yours. If your answer is in the affirmative of allowing this marvelous deathless source to sustain you in all your ways, know that in so doing you’re tapping into an endless ability to bend and shape the life-force of this translucent dark principle of Unborn Bodhipower in the same fashion that the apparent “you” are empowered to read these lines. You do have the power. Use it well. read more

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Unborn Light Reiki

Originally published back in 2004, Unborn Light Reiki is a healing modality that links together the principles found within Unborn Mind Zen and Original Usui Reiki; its focus is to foster a new Reiki technique that is highlighted with the Lankavatarian principles that constitute Unborn Mind Zen. It needs to be underscored that Unborn Light Reiki is a supplementary Reiki modality and is not meant to supersede Usui’s original form; therefore anyone reading this who is experiencing Reiki for the first time needs to be aware of this and it is recommended that they pursue a foundation in traditional Reiki forms before undertaking the practice of Unborn Light Reiki. Once a foundation is realized then Unborn Light Reiki will provide a wonderful supplement to one’s Reiki practice as its principles provide a deeper realization to spiritual development by utilizing disciplined dhyana techniques that nicely blend together Usui’s original intent and the mystical impetus of the Unborn. One also quickly discerns that this singular variation of Reiki is meant for the solitary practitioner, not the hyped-new age social-media brand. read more

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The True Body of the Precepts

Questioner: “If the essence of all the Buddha’s teachings were contained in the practice of looking directly into one’s nature and attaining Buddhahood, wouldn’t that make the formal practice of keeping the precepts meaningless?”  read more

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Overcoming the Double-edged Sword

3.36 Arjuna inquired, “Blessed One, what is the power that binds us to selfishness? Yes, what is behind that self-destructive force to commit actions that are contrary to our will?” read more

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The Demons of Mortal Consciousness

“Ananda, when that good person, in cultivating samadhi, has put an end to the formations skandha, the subtle, fleeting fluctuations – the deep, imperceptible, pivotal source and the common foundation from which all life in the world springs – are suddenly obliterated. In the submerged network of the retributive karma of the pudgala, the karmic resonances are interrupted. read more

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Folding-Space: Bardo 2, Part 6

Bardo 1 (part 6) highlighted how “intention” was the determining factor in the flow of Qi throughout the meridian (energetic) system. In like fashion, the proper focus of intention is the key behind how the Manomayakāya navigates through the Sambhogakayic-field in Bardo 2. Whenever and whatever type of phantasmagorical phenomena manifests itself, the trick is to be able to maneuver “all about” its bewitching parameters with a steady flow of bodhipower that enkindles the one-pointed Bodhisattvic-Recollective-Resolve to render it back to its original imageless and empty (Śūnyatā) stature; Vimalakirti would refer to this as opening the Dharma-door of non-duality. Indeed, all these phantasms are mere mental constructs of the dreaming Unborn Mind Itself and with focused intention the Manomayakāya can send them reeling back into the Mahaśūnyā, or Primordial Void Itself. What is even more miraculous, the Manomayakāya has the potential bodhipower to actually transmute and transfer the energy-field, say of a given particularly revolting and recurring obtuse mind-kleśa, into an inanimate object like a rock—one that lies at the darkest corner of the universe; it can also transmute an ugly poison, like anger, in similar fashion. It also has the bodipower to transport itself instantaneously to any given dimension within the whole fabric of quantum-space. This type of maneuver was marvelously portrayed in the “Dune” series, wherein the technique of “Folding-Space” (much like a wormhole effect) was done by the Spice Guild Navigators; indeed, “The Spice” in that excellent saga created by Frank Herbert, was the “substance” behind much transformational stuff happening throughout all the stories…whereas for our purposes, it is Bodhipower Itself. But for any of this to happen at all, proper and focused Intention (one-pointedness of mind) is essential. read more

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4. The Reluctance of the Bodhisattvas, cont’d

After a whole host of disciples and the greatest super-hero of the Bodhisattvas, Maitreya, were reluctant to go and visit Vimalakriti, the Buddha—perhaps wondering just who is left—turns to the young Licchavi Prabhavyuha, a boy. Perhaps the innocence of youth is willing to undertake this daunting task…but alas, the young lad, too, apparently lacks the skill necessary to be up to the task. read more

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Paladin of the Way

Coming to the realization of just what constitutes the Alaya vijnana and all of its ramifications can really be overpowering, as if there is nothing that can curb its dominate dominion over sentient reality—like an incurable cancer. The reason for this stems from the fact that the majority of the inhabitants in this saha-realm who attempt to quell its effects are looking for a solution in all the wrong places. There is too-much emphasis in this dharma-ending age upon cultivating ways or techniques to transcend the waves of the vijnanas through what is wrongly ascertained as awareness, i.e., by becoming the observer of all that is going on both inside and outside the ken of consciousness. Yet, becoming the “observer” is really just another character coming to the surface from deep within the layers of the Alaya; this role-playing of just another face of the vijnanas is what the Hindus refer to as Lila—or the cosmic play…and it is just that, playing around in the playground of Mara. All hope appears lost—like being twirled incessantly round and round in that concave hall of mirrors—just one reflection (image after image) magnified a thousand-time over. It appears that there are no real heroes around who can transcend this mad play. But wait…there is another! There is also an “unstained-seed”, the gotra (bodhichild) whose growing maturation can dispel the bewitching nature of the Alaya vijnana. This unstained seed is Buddha-nature Itself. The bodhiseed. And what happens when this seed begins the process of transcending the dark pool of the Alaya? There arises a “stainless consciousness”, Amala-vijnana, which is synonymous with Suchness (Tathata) Itself. This is the only way that the Alaya vijnana can turn-about and bow in reverence to its blessed twin (Tathagata garbha) and rightful heir to the self-realization of Noble Wisdom. read more

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