Posts Tagged ‘ehipassiko’

Technique #4: Yathabhutam Ho

Question: The Dhyana Technique in Shoden Session # 4 has a most unusual name…Yathabhutam Ho…what does this term mean? Vajragoni: It essentially means “seeing” the nature of Reality AS IT IS (suchness, or tathata), devoid of phenomenal outflows. Question: Why is the emphasis here on “seeing”…one would think that the methodology of UBLR would be the opposite…that of “not seeing, or not knowing” in order to link up with the True Nature of the Unborn…I believe the proper Read more [...]

Saturday Vespers

Saturday Vespers Blessed One, come to my assistance O’ Lord, make haste to help me Glory be to the Blessed Buddha and to the Divine Dharma and to the Hallowed Sangha, both now and forever and ever. Swaha. Come, Bless the Lord, all you supplicants of Holy Gnosis. You who reside in the house of the Noble One, in the sanctum sanctorum of the Unborn Mind. Blessed One, be merciful to me, a transgressor of your ways. Oh Lord, create in me a mind and heart that is worthy of your Divine Read more [...]

Ascending the Noble Mountain of Primordial Perfection

For some time now this blog has been presenting the Way of the Unborn through different modalities: Within Yogic parameters the The Yogasūtras of Patañjali and The Bhagavad Gita portray the ascetical discipline necessary in which to put to rest the appetite for carnal things within which the Unborn can be approached freely and unobstructed. The Lankavatarian Book of the Dead, The Tathāgatagarbhatārā Tantra, and Notes from the Iron Stupa comprises a Tantric Trilogy which encompasses Atiyoga, Read more [...]

Seeing Yathābhutam

The Buddha’s most prominent stance was ehipassiko—come and see. Come and see, on your own, the nature of Reality (Dharmadhatu) AS IT IS, or Yathābhutam. The blog The Undiscovered Country: Bardo 3, Yathabhutam offers a nice exposition of the term. The formula "in conformity with truth" or "with reality" (yathabhutam) is a recurrent theme in the texts, like the attributes, "eye of the world," or "become eye," or "become knowledge," of the Awakened Ones. (The Doctrine of Awakening, pg. 42) Evola Read more [...]

THE Salvific Text

We’re mid-way through our Lotus Sutra series and are about to make a complete 180° turn in focus. Whereas the previous nine-chapters spotlighted “skillful-means” and the myriad ways the Tathagatas bring sentient beings to awakening, the limelight will now shine on the Lotus-Sutra Text itself as the one and exclusive salvific medium. Chapter 10 wastes no time in asserting right off the bat that this medium is meant to be the salvific tool for all lifeforms: Thereupon the Bhagavat by Read more [...]

No Attainment, No Teaching

Seven: No Attainment, No Teaching The Lord Buddha addressed Subhuti, saying : " What do you think, Subhuti? Has the Tathagata really attained to supreme spiritual wisdom? Or has he a system of doctrine which can be specifically formulated?” Subhuti replied, saying : "As I understand the meaning of the Tathagata, he has no system of doctrine which can be specifically formulated; nor can the Tathagata express, in explicit terms, a form of knowledge which can be described as supreme spiritual Read more [...]

The Undiscovered Country: Bardo 3, Yathabhutam

One of my favorite short stories is HG Wells’ “The Country of the Blind”, first published circa 1904. In a nutshell, an explorer discovers a hidden “mystical” valley wherein all the inhabitants lack the faculty of sight. Sensing that in the land of the blind the “one-eyed man is king”, he tries to convert them into the ways of cognitive “seeing”; they just scoff at him although later he falls in love with a lovely blind young woman, yet when he also tries to encourage her to Read more [...]
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