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Instant Premier Stature

In the ineffable final equation that is minus all thought and substance, IT shines through clearly and without distraction. This natural clarity of the Self-luminous Mind is Samantabhadra, one’s instant premier stature. That IS the Dharmakaya; apart from this realization there can be no enlightenment. You question this still? Look again! If some semblance of shape and color appears, that is not the Dharmakaya. Devoid of that busyness, there is nothing but the void playing on the top of a thimble. That is the fundamental base-essence, without a smidgen to spare. read more

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Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

The Universal Worthy-One Bodhisattva Samantabhadra arose from his seat in the sacred assembly, bowed and then prostrated himself at the feet of the Tathagata and then circumambulated about him three times to the right. He then knelt down and with hands clasped in a manner depicting sublime devotion, invoked the Blessed One. read more

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The Vow of Practice of Universal Good

Of all the twists and turns in this marvelous Avatamsaka Saga, who would have suspected that Sudhana’s search for the “supreme perfect enlightenment” would simply return him to the beginning of his quest—in the presence of Mañjuśrī. It’s like Glinda telling Dorothy at the end of the Wizard of Oz that she need not had journeyed any further than within her deepest and inmost-self. Maitreya sets the stage: read more

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The Lion’s Yawn Samādhi

The Assembly, through a miraculous array of questioning mode, inquires upon the gnosis behind the Buddha’s past attainments and vastly transcendent spiritual powers of the Tathāgata. It needs to be highlighted at this junction that Buddha Sākyamuni in this sutra—as well as the whole of the Avatamsaka corpus—appears in his supernal aspect as Buddha Vairocana. Discerning the request from the assembly he enters into the sublime Samādhi known as the “Lion’s Yawn” (sihavijmbhita). Within this miraculous display of undivided-bodhipower his peaked dwelling is transformed into a vast space adorned with myriad jewels and banners and flags of all designs. Yet, what follows is equally an unfolding marvel: read more

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The Gandavyūha-sūtra

(Please note that the translation (unless otherwise noted) we are using in this series is the text by Thomas Cleary) read more

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Prometheus Unbound: Bardo 2, Part 3

The ancient Greek myth about Prometheus depicts his decision to steal fire from the abodes of the Gods themselves and bestow its illuminative properties to mankind. Zeus then reprimands him for his sacrilegious “action” by chaining him to a huge bolder for all eternity; during the day Prometheus, once an Olympian Titan-Deity himself, has to endure the agony and humiliation of having his liver plucked-out by a rabid vulture. At night, his wounds heal; but when the garish light of day arrives he has to endure his agony all over again. Quite an apt symbolism relaying how sentient beings are entrapped on the Wheel of Life, held bound by the severe laws of Karma that incessantly gnaws away at their entrails. It is also symbolic of how the “body consciousness” weighs one down with heavy samsaric burdens, whilst simultaneously dealing out old karmic wounds that never heal. This particularly becomes oppressive on the plane of Bardo One, wherein one’s spirit can become incapacitated with the heavy weight of sensuous perceptions that hinder self-emancipation and Recollective Strength in the Unborn Resolve. Bardo Realm Two, or the Sambhogakayic-field, can offer some respite from the affairs of the “Day Consciousness” as it becomes a portal into what is commonly known as the Dream Realm, where “Night Consciousness”—or the very Awareness Vehicle of the Manomayakāya itself—helps to foster the Illuminative Recollective Resolve of proper Lucidity that is key to becoming free from the chains of the Alaya-consciousness with all its karmic host. Prometheus Unbound. read more

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Hymn to Samantabhadra: A Supplement to the Lanka Book of the Dead


* One who is in Union with the Supreme Primordial Samantabhadra will celebrate with a Clear Heart and Mind-Body as hard as a diamond; for verily, when the water of the mind becomes transfigured in the Great Ocean of the Buddhakaya and of Perfected Noble Wisdom, it is changed into the Mind of infinite compassion—the Bodhicittapada. read more

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