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The Mandala of the Five Dhyanī Buddhas

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THREE: THE MAṆḌALA OF THE FIVE DHYANĪ BUDDHAS  Then the Lord discoursed upon the Five Skandhas.  “Like an infernal Black Sun nailed to the dark fabric of space, *Mara’s Malignant Five hurl- forth their accursed aggregations of the no-self:  The Demons … Continue reading

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Tozen: The path of a good zen-buddhist

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  The path of a good zen-buddhist demands an equal measure of grit, talent and luck. Without the hard introductory work and basics of making the monkey mind go quiescent, we will not be able to notice the essence of … Continue reading

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The Demons of Thought

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  “Ananda, when the good person who is cultivating samadhi has put an end to the feeling skandha, although he has not achieved freedom from outflows, his mind can leave his body the way a bird escapes from a cage. … Continue reading

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Tozen Aphorisms: Bad self-confidence/Spiritual Self-confidence

One whom suffers from bad self-confidence knows not the immortal self and is thus subject to the imaginary adharma of Mara, the evil one. One of such poor knowledge should not discuss the imaginary adharma with equals of same poor … Continue reading

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Like a Diamond in the Sky: Bardo 3, Akshobhya

Imagine for a moment that we’ve jumped-ahead to the later Bardo experiences; this is the end of life, the signs of imminent death are creeping all around us. Our bodily shell (rupakaya) is deteriorating fast—that’s the sign-post up ahead…the Bardo … Continue reading

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A Morphic Desire-field: Bardo 2, Part 4

The Sambhogakayic-field of Bardo 2 with its dreamlike shifting shapes and images is a microcosm of the greater Sambhogakayic Continuum, or the Cosmic Spiritual Hall—a Supreme Visionary Realm wherein the Buddhadharma is revealed in many Sutras. The Dharmakaya Sutra conveys … Continue reading

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4. The Reluctance of the Bodhisattvas, cont’d The Buddha then said to the bodhisattva Jagatimdhara, “Jagatimdhara, go to the Licchavi Vimalakirti to inquire about his illness.” Jagatimdhara replied, “My Lord, I am indeed reluctant to go to that good man … Continue reading

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On Wednesday for many quarters the solemn season of Lent begins. The whole premise is based on the encounter that the Bodhisattva Jesus had with Satan (Mara) in the desert of karmadhautu for 40 days. For many, they just outwardly … Continue reading

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All the world’s a stage…

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. Those lines from Shakespeare’s, As You … Continue reading

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