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Contemplative Sojourn VI

Greetings from Vajragoni here at Unborn Mind Zen!

It seems hard to fathom yet another Blog season has come to its conclusion. We began our season back in August and the most recent series was Unborn Light Reiki, one that was originally published in 2004 and highlights a new Reiki Modality incorporating principles from Unborn Mind Zen. It was initiated just after a series entitled, Vasubandhu and the Absolute—a lengthy study on the Madhyāntavibhāgabhāṣya+ṭīkā, incorporating the scholarship of Theodor Stcherbatsky and Dutch scholar David Lasar Friedmann, both written back in the mid-1930’s. This Western approach, unlike contemporary Tibetan editions, offers a greater emphasis on the “world-view” of the original compilers, like Vasubandhu. In February we offered a series on The Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Dazhu Huihai. In keeping with the convention found in blogs here at Unborn Mind Zen, this version of his work was written in the Light and Spirit of the Unborn and its Lankavatarian groundwork. Ours is a Living Tradition, and what is offered here represents an authentic and vibrant spirituality that has been formed and cultivated through many years of study, contemplation, and disciplined dhyana resulting in a Noble Self-realization that the Great Unborn Spirit alone can bestow. read more

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Beyond the Rainbow Body

At the outset it needs to be stressed that this is not a series debunking the phenomenon of what has come to be known as the Rainbow-Body. On the contrary, this phenomenon is highly researched and publicized and warranted as a true bodily-transformation into “Pure-Light”. This brings to mind the excellent research done by Father Francis V. Tiso, as chronicled in his recent publication, “Rainbow Body and Resurrection”, which is an exhaustive study on the life and death of Khenpo A-chos, a Gelugpa monk from Kham, Tibet, who died in 1998. At the time of his death it was reported by eye-witnesses that his body soon resembled a pinkish-hue and then began to shrink—a common manifestation of those Tibetans who have undergone a similar transfiguration. Soon afterwards, “rainbows” began appearing in the sky accompanied by music and the sweet scent of perfume—quite akin to the fragrance reported by Western-accounts of sundry saints throughout the millennia. This is just one account of countless others that have occurred, some recent, and others like the mythic-anecdotes of Padmasambhava, whom at the time of his death, dissolved his body completely “back to their natural elements leaving nothing behind.” For complete historical analyses of such accounts I refer the reader to the following excellent links: read more

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