Posts Tagged ‘Perpetual Vigilance’

The Pile of Snares

This Sutta's cycle would have effectively wound-up at the completion of the last chapter on teaching. This apparent addition on “sensual pleasures” was a redaction added-on at a later date—most likely for the benefit of the community whose focus was a monastic counsel against carnal pleasures. The Tathāgata warns that adhering to the snare of sensuality will place one-square in the sights of Mara, the Evil One. The most effective remedial solution is to tune-into the eight-fold package Read more [...]

The Long Night of the Mind

The Blog-series, Ascending the Noble Mountain of Primordial Perfection, could well be subtitled from the closing refrain of the last verse of the previous blog in this series: “[This] prajñā (wisdom) is for those who are willing to abandon the 'long night' of the mind and its characteristics.” Without the dreamy eye lifting its veil, it shall forever be plunged into the darkness, as Wŏnhyo says, “Since one does not achieve the cause of awakening, there is a “long night”; this is Read more [...]
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