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ILLUSION (Vaitathya)

The Lord (Ātman), with his mind turned outward, variously imagines the diverse objects (such as sound, etc.), which are already in his mind (in the form of Vāsanas or Sankalpas or desires). The Ātman again (with his mind turned within), imagines in his mind various (objects of) ideas. read more

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Where There Are No Shadows

It needs to be noted that within the Lanka, and within Unborn Mind Zen too, the notion of the reality of an objective world is not denied within its own relativity; Tozen once taught that, “You have to understand that for we Lankavatarians, the world is a concrete intellectual synthesis highly visible and touchable.” So the sensualist notions of the afterlife are very real since “what the mind focuses on determines its reality.” There is a Jehovah Heaven, just as there is a Gehenna and an Avicci Hell as well. But they are still samsaric realms and not permanent in themselves (being one of the six realms of impermanence.) It’s all relative to Karmic based repercussions—there is no escaping these forms of destiny whatever given belief system is intoned. Karma is the determining factor and one needs to see to it that karmic ties are severed in one’s lifetime. However, for the Lankavatarian these sensualist notions are not extended to the pure perception of the Tathata, and that is what the Lanka focuses on—that pure perception—even though it’s sometimes cloaked in expediency for the benefit of the sensualist. Those “who are stupid talk of the trinity of vehicles and not of the state of Mind−only where there are no shadows. Therefore, Mahamati, those who do not understand the teachings of the Tathagatas of the past, present, and future, concerning the external world, which is of Mind itself, cling to the notion that there is a world outside what is seen of the Mind and, Mahamati, go on rolling themselves along the wheel of birth and death.” (Lanka, XVIII) Hence our motto, What the mind focuses on WILL determine its reality. read more

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Homer and the Realm of Shadows

The psyche (ψυχή) for Homer was primarily a shadowy-substance, devoid of consciousness or any form of mental proclivity. It meant the difference between the living and the dead. The dead lost all memories of their former life—this was the result of crossing the stream of Lethe, or the river of forgetfulness. Homer referred to these personas as forms of ghostly apparitions still retaining their former human characteristics; yet there is never any passage in Homer’s Epic Poems where ψυχή is utilized as anyone living or what we would refer to as a soul. The only thing that survived one’s demise was his name and recollections by others of one’s former status in life. Modern-day examinations on Homer’s realizations was first published in 1894 by Friedrich Nietzsche’s personal friend and confidant, Erwin Rohde, in his classic book Psyche: The Cult of Souls and Belief in immortality. It’s an immense volume. I’ve been enthralled after purchasing it and reading these early formulations of the Greek Soul. Here’s a little passage to whet your appetite: read more

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Turning-back Home

  1. [Cleary]: The appearance of objects to humans is thought; thought expresses what is imagined.  There is no object; it is only thought; without imagination, one is freed.

Close in conjunction with the motto of a Lankavatarian: What the mind focuses on determines its reality. The Dhammapada also declares, Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox. With an impure-mind (harbinger of thoughts and creator of all images) it all boils down to the stuff that dreams are made of vs. Mind-only “preceding” all mental aberrations, henceforth no-thing perceivable or conceivable. Ergo, minus the image-maker liberation is won! read more

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The Generation and Cultivation of the Bodhi-Seed

Chapter Six: The True Nature of the Void, Con’t

Sariputra said, “[As the spiritual path of] all sentient beings begin as iccantikas (persons blocked from enlightenment). In order to attain the [level of] the tathagatas’ and the tathagatas’ absolute characteristics [of anuttara-samyaksambodhi (complete, perfect enlightenment)] how should the mind of an icchantika abide?” read more

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Thought vs. Self

iv. 18-22 The Self is the Master over all thought-constructions.

4.18 The changeless Selfhood of spirit is Master over the churning of incessant thoughts. read more

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