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My habit-energy made me do it

3.6 (26) Pilindavaccha (Pilindavaccha Sutta)

Thus has it been made known. At another time the Blessed One was staying near Rājagaha, at the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels’ Feeding Sanctuary. Around this time the Venerable Pilindavaccha was wont to accuse his neighboring monks as being social misfits. read more

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In A Lotus Palace

  1. [Cleary]: Constantly strengthened with impressions by the intellect as a basis of permanent reliance, the mind rambles in the realm of the senses like iron drawn to a magnet.

Ruled by the intellect alone, the result is being permanently marred with sensate phenomena. Suzuki refers to this as “the root being [incessantly] nourished with habit energy.” Thich Nhat Hanh offers a good observation on the nature of this habit energy: read more

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Dark Night of the Spirit

II. Dark Night of the Spirit

Congratulations! If you have come this far in this series and have been in spiritual earnest, then you have completed the first leg of the Noble Ascent of Primordial Perfection. You have journeyed through the purgative night of the active sensorial and the illuminative night of the active spiritual tribulations and have thus purified and mortified these faculties. It needs to be known that many never enter into the next and darker phase of the journey. They feel content in no longer being disturbed by the discursive mind or spiritual anxiety in mastering this first phase and make the decision not to progress further into the “Passive” Dark Night of the Spirit. Passive in the sense of not initiating any form of action but just surrendering to the work that the Unborn Spirit still needs to confer. For those few brave souls who do, they need to be prepared for the harsh arid and desolate experiences that await them on the ‘Unitive-Way’ of the Unborn. Yea, no matter how profound the purgative and illuminative ways have been, the spirit is not yet totally purified and still needs to endure a more thorough cleansing before the Actual Union will occur. read more

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