Posts Tagged ‘Prajñā’

Unborn Mind Zen on Vulture´s peak.

Finishing the ritual sharing of the green tea, the Master put down his cup,  picked up his staff and pointed at my face.  The gesture was so fast and perfectly executed,  I failed to see where the staff started and ended up a mere inch in front of my nose as if it had materialized from a seemingly nowhere into a sudden somewhere. He said: "How do you produce the Self that is immune against any and all conditions?. Quickly, answer me now,  lest the devil enters this house!" I replied: Read more [...]

Prajñā

Image by Lori Gardi 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 Read more [...]

Having Faith in the Tathāgata-garbha

Within this series we have encountered the seven Vajra-points that essentially constitutes the main leitmotiv of the Ratnagotravibhāgaśāstra, which is the core make-up and teachings of the Tathāgata-garbha: Takasaki: § 1. The Superiority of Faith over Other Virtues in Regard to Their Merits. The Essence of Buddhahood, the Enlightenment of the Buddha, The Buddha's Properties, and the Buddha's Acts, They are inconceivable even to those of the pure mind*, Being the exclusive Read more [...]

The Dharmakaya of the Buddhadharma

15. Q: It states in The Vaipulya Sutra that there are five kinds of Dharmakaya: The Dharmakaya of the Absolute; the Dharmakaya of merit; the Dharmakaya of the Dharma-nature; the Dharmakaya of Infinite Transformations; and the Dharmakaya of voidness. Which of these is in reference to our own bodies? A: To arrive at the awareness that Mind can neither be created nor destroyed is the hallmark of the Dharmakaya of the Absolute. To awaken to the realization that Mind encompasses all things is known Read more [...]

Coming in March 2016: Korean Sŏn

Sŏn is the Korean pronunciation of the Sanskrit, Dhyāna. Sŏn is also comparable with samādhi although it takes on a different connotation from our usual rendering. Tsung-mi expounds that it is a comprehensive equation for both samādhi and prajña. Sŏn’s primary task is the recollection of the original Mind Source, one’s own Buddha-nature. One’s awakening in this endeavor is akin to prajña, while the cultivation of this Mind-ground is samādhi. Chinul, whose teachings are the spotlight Read more [...]

This great mystery called Mind

When pursuing your Minds true nature, what you review as precious experience born out of decades of trial and error, is all but an illusion. Unborn Mind, primordial Mind, uncreated Mind, your true nature, cannot be bargained with, pleaded with, tricked or otherwise made to show itself to something impure, because the latter is what your Spirit imagines itself by eons of errors to be, which is something empty of truth and hence out of phase with truth absolute, which your Unborn Mind is. In Read more [...]

The Generation of the Bodhibindu

SIX: THE GENERATION OF THE BODHIBINDU Beloved and Immaculate Arya Tārā is the Sacred Vessel through which the Buddha-potential originates and is nurtured. She is ARYA—the Noble Liberator—and her Blessed Bodhi-Womb—GARBHA—houses the Self-Liberating activity. Like a mother she knows her children’s potential as Buddha-nature, and her activity as the Holy Matrix houses the Primordial Wisdom (Prajñā) that removes the veil of ignorance from all future children destined for Tathagatahood. Read more [...]

Tozen: Dharma from the other shore…3

  Master, please explain the difference between Enlightenment and practice [of it],...and the difference between Prajna and Prana?" "I am busy doing exactly that! Don´t you have eyes and ears? "What do you mean?" " The hand cuts, and the tree bows back in gratitude of its release! [shouts happily] Oh wondrous dharma!" "How can cutting that bonsai tree, explain all of these four fundamental pillars of the Dharma? I simply do not understand." Slaps the student hard over Read more [...]

Foundations: The Tathāgatagarbhatārā Tantra

The Vajrayana essentially follows the old principle of hermetic magic, 'as above so below'. By manipulating the mundane consciousness, it effectively induces change on the spiritual level. By reconstructing the mundane environment as a reflection of the Enlightened Mind, it imbues ordinary mind with a sacred quality. Although this reconstruction of the normal channels of consciousness is by no means an easy affair. One can easily get burned in the practice of Tantra. Unless one’s karma is somehow Read more [...]

Proclamation of the Bodhi-Dharma

    (Wong Mou-Lam)  Learned Audience, when we use Prajñā for introspection we are illumined within and without, and in a position to know our own mind. To know our mind is to obtain liberation. To obtain liberation is to attain Samādhi of Prajñā, which is *'thoughtlessness'. What is 'thoughtlessness'? 'Thoughtlessness' is to see and to know all Dharmas (things) with a mind free from attachment. When in use it pervades everywhere, and yet it sticks nowhere. What we have Read more [...]
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