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Meister Eckhart, the renowned Rhineland Mystic, had a unique way of expressing the opening of the dark principle. He once said, “Seek God, so as never to find him.” This statement is profound and full of dharma-delight. It suggests that if one is trying to capture the essence of the Absolute Unknowable, which is often referred to as God, then it will constantly elude their efforts. read more

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The Ubiquitous Edifice

The remarkable accomplishment of sealing the karmic voids left Evan in a state of astonishment.

“Indeed, you possess the extraordinary ability to dissolve and absolve the relentless cycle of the karmadhatu. Pray tell, how might such a feat be accomplished?” read more

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New Publication

We are pleased to announce the publication of one of our series, The Cloud of Unknowing in Light of the Unborn, in paperback-pocket book edition. From the book’s foreword: read more

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Beyond the Ascent

This blog-series based on previous contemplative formulations here at Unborn Mind Zen is representative of an apophatic climax culminating in a stage termed “Beyond the Ascent“. Previously the Ascent to higher contemplative and unitive frames of mind was of a singular and paramount import. Next must come the breakthrough that after many years of experiencing this unitive state, it is not the Summum Bonum of self-realization in the Unborn. Authentic Union with the Unborn is not complete until there is nothing left to be united. Beyond the Ascent of nirvanic Self-hood, which is not an end in itself, must dawn a higher-estate of Mind. Hence the assumption that the egoless-state is the final goal is a grave error indeed. The skandhic-self still clings tenaciously to the aura of human semblance which is the main hindrance to liberation of mind and spirit. In this context there is no true form of spiritual marriage that initiates this complete loss of the false skhandic-self, but rather years of self-less Bodhisattvic-resolve that is the highest-good for all involved in the Buddhaic enterprise of eradicating dukkha from the terrain of Self-Transcendence. read more

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St. Augustine—The Great Lover of the Soul and Spirit

St. Augustine, also known as Saint Augustine the Bishop of Hippo (Aurelius Augustinus, 354-430 CE), caroused in promiscuity at the age of 18 while a student at Carthage. Sex was an overriding obsession. He would later write in his Confessions, “From a perverted act of will, desire had grown, and when desire is given satisfaction, habit is forged; and when habit passes unresisted, a compulsive urge sets in.” Hence, his early life can be likened unto the Prodigal Son, who this time in the person and prayers of his mother, Monica, was inspired to end his carousing ways. He was later officially converted through the sermons of Bishop Ambrose, who was also later to be crowned a Saint. Augustine and his teacher Ambrose are the first Latin Christian writers to maintain that the human soul is incorporeal. read more

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Contemplation: The Best Work


How to proceed in Contemplation;
Verily, the best work above all others.

Lift up your heart and mind to the Blessed One, stirring within your depths naught but Him alone. Focus exclusively on IT and no-thing else—this is to be your sole concern. Be no longer troubled about the created things of the world, whether human, animal, or lowly flora. This includes all your former loves and relationships. Just let them be and take no further thought or concern about them. read more

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The Light in the Darkness

The authentic Spiritual Life can best be portrayed as a journey from the darkness encased in phenomena to Light, and then from that light to darkness. It’s a major alteration from a light which is darkness to a Luminous Light which is hidden in darkness. The mind needs to shut itself off and turn to that Luminous Wonder that is a host to invisible realities that the Mystic Mind alone can discharge. read more

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The Four Jhāna

Jhana Bowen

As a foundation for the introduction of the Four Jhāna, Evola stressed the twin-disciplines of sīla and Samadhi. The former has to do with “right conduct”, but one that is “more than the limitations of accepted morality.” It is the development of an “internal mode” or mechanism that stands fast at all times and under all circumstances without ever giving-in to any perceived obstacle, in essence, remaining fundamentally One’s Best-Self under all conditions. The latter with its wholehearted one-pointed “spiritual concentration and contemplation” reinforces the former. We are more concerned now at this junction with the higher-ascesis, one that proves itself absolute champion and lord over the skandhas thus transcending the conditioned mind; the Four Jhānas are its gateway. read more

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Julius Evola: Go tell it on the Mountain

The spirituality of Julius Evola was decidedly a transcendent one. He writes that this first manifested itself in his early youth wherein he felt “detached from what is merely human.” Also being an avid mountain climber in the years before his affliction (paralysis from a spinal injury) induced him to place the image of a mountain as the dominant symbol that bespoke transcendence itself. He drives this theme home in one of his works, “Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest”. It befits our purposes in this series to spend a little time on this transcendental theme since it bears a direct foundational correlation with his Doctrine of Awakening. read more

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Mutational Maturations

iii. 11-15 Sequences of Transformation

3.11 Samādhi parināma

A Transformational Alteration between the distracted mind-stuff and One-Pointedness. A new focal position of Mind development as the mind-stuff mutates into pure and direct centeredness in the Unborn. read more

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