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The Void is Nothing to Fear

As Bernadette’s No-self excursion continued she was beginning to feel the ramifications for not having a “within” to turn to for solace… read more

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  1. As long as there is something attained, there is so much error rising; when the Mind itself is thoroughly understood, error neither rises nor ceases.

The perennial problem often with zen-adepts is that some form of objective needs to be met—something to strive after and thus something attainable. Mystically this is very faulty reasoning because there really is no-thing out there to be attained, it’s a form of objective fallacy. The great Hui Hai once put this to rest by proclaiming, knowing that there is nothing attainable or achievable is the Self-Realization of the Dharmakaya of the Buddhadharma. Furthermore, Anuttarasamyaksambodhi is thus a Self-Perfection that is beyond both the attainable/ [Un]attainable. read more

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Monday Prime


*Please note: certain passages, acclamations and refrains are repeated throughout the Little Office of Our Lady of the Void. For example, the opening introits, hymn to Our Lady, and first psalm, The Trisagion, Supplication and Benedictus remain the same for Prime; the introits, hymn to Our Lady and the Unborn Magnificat remain the same for Vespers. read more

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The Heart of Noble Wisdom

More than any other sutra, the Heart Sutra is aptly named because it represents the very Heart of Noble Wisdom Itself. It is the essential-core of the Prajñāpāramitā teachings from which all other sutras focusing on Noble Wisdom acquire their classical impetus. It is the very deposit of Āryajnana. Māra fears this sutra most of all since It completely dismantles his four-fold stranglehold on sentient beings: the Māra of the five aggregates (skandhamāra), the Māra of the afflictions (kleśamāra), the Māra of death (maranamāra), and also that which prevents one from transcending the other three—his own deity-nature (devaputramāra). The Heart Sutras’ Mantra is the sacred-formula that is the antidote to Māra’s determination to prevent one from awakening on the Other Shore of Deathless Suchness, the awakening to one’s own Nirvanic-Kingdom of Self—the Dharmakaya. read more

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