Posts Tagged ‘intention’

Karma and Rebirth

This January series will be a systematic study on Karma and Rebirth. We will consider the topic from many different perspectives, essentially broken down in the following schemata: Vedic Origins Early Buddhist Unborn Bhagavad Gita The Yogasūtras of Patañjali Mahayana and Yogacara Dependent Origination and the Tibetan View While the definition of Karma will be a comprehensive one, it is best at this junction to construct a working delineation: A volitional action (ontologically Read more [...]

The Forerunner of All Things: Buddhaghosa on Mind, Intention, and Agency

Just came across this: Scholars have long been intrigued by the Buddha's defining action (karma) as intention. This book explores systematically how intention and agency were interpreted in all genres of early Theravada thought. It offers a philosophical exploration of intention and motivation as they are investigated in Buddhist moral psychology. At stake is how we understand karma, the nature of moral experience, and the possibilities for freedom. In contrast to many studies that assimilate Read more [...]

Cosmic Bodhifield

  Ten: Cosmic Bodhifield The Buddha asked Subhuti, “In ancient times when the Tathagata practiced under Buddha Dipankara, did he attain any Dharma?” Subhuti answered, “No, World-Honored One. In ancient times when the Tathagata was practicing under Buddha Dipankara, he did not attain any Dharma.” “What do you think, Subhuti? Does a bodhisattva create a serene and beautiful Buddha field?” “No, World-Honored One. Why? To create a serene and beautiful Buddha- field Read more [...]

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 Read more [...]

Primordial Qigong in Light of the Unborn: Bardo 1, Part 6

The body and its consciousness is a vehicle (awareness mechanism) wherein [in Bardo Realm One] the awareness principle slowly comes to self-realization—like a pearl of great price embedded in its shell beneath the heavy-pressurized environment-matrix of the oceanic depths of samsara. In its early-stages the shell is moist and somewhat malleable but as the decades roll-on it becomes hardened and is in need of constant maintenance. Primordial Qigong is a modality that oils and lubricates the Read more [...]
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