Posts Tagged ‘tathata’

Cultivating Śamatha and Vipaśyanā

The main emphasis in this chapter of the Saṃdhinirmocana Sūtra is the cultivation of Śamatha and Vipaśyanā. Śamatha is contemplative tranquility, or in Keenan’s translation, quietude (which we prefer since it establishes the very essence of quietude). Vipaśyanā is insight-meditation or in Cleary’s translation, observation; hence, it’s a form of meditation that mindfully and insightfully assesses different forms of dharmata and can articulate as such verbally or in writing—this Read more [...]

Ghosts in the Machine

So the flood of the Alayavijnana is always stirred by the winds of objectivity (vishaya), and goes on dancing with the various Vijnana-waves. Familiar phraseology of the dancing waves of the Vijnanas, stirred into motion through both objective (vishaya) and subjective instigators. The Alaya-receptacle itself is usually dormant, but it houses a million-fold [images] that are ready to spring into action at the least suggestion, in effect once again “haunting” its host. Memories, fears Read more [...]

The Three Svabhāvas of the Tathagata-garbha

The Tathagata-garbha is three-fold in nature (Svabhāva): Dharma-kāya, Tathatā and Tathāgata-gotra. They are seen in correspondence with the nine sheathes reinforced with a purity aspect. Firstly, though, we would be remiss if neglecting to indicate the Concordance between the 9 Illustrations and the 9 Defilements. Obermiller succinctly indicates them as follows: The water-born lotus flower At the first appearance causes delight, But later on (when it withers) it no more excites joy, Read more [...]

Technique #6: Spanda Ho

Question: I see that Shoden Session # 6 incorporates a Vedic-oriented term, Spanda…is this correct? Vajragoni: Yes. The term is rooted in the ancient scriptures of Kashmir Saivism and represents the primordial principle that constitutes the “vibratory” nature of the universe; it is the very heartthrob of the Absolute Reality of the Source ITself. Question: Are you saying, then, that the essence of this Primordial Vibration is at the core of every living thing? Vajragoni: Spanda Read more [...]

Synonyms of the Absolute

Friedmann’s translation: A synonym makes clear that there are different names for the same-thing. Because it defines the meaning of [the word of which it is] a synonym, it is called synonym… Summarily the synonyms of the Absolute are: Tathatā: The Absolute Essence; Suchness. Bhūtakoṭi: The Limit of Reality; The Absolute Point of Existence. Animitta: Deprived of Characteristics; The Formless. Paramārthā: the Absolute, the Ultimate Reality. Dharmadhātu: The Unique Absolute; Read more [...]

(23) The Teacher

Although Life and all phenomena makes your present Mind believe there is something that is called life and thus teaches you the actuality of the four noble truths , the true nature of Mind is not to be found in phenomena nor in 'life' as such but more in that which wondrously precedes Life and hence external and internal phenomena. With this in Mind, the wise and sincere Mind, who wishes to escape suffering and all forms of dissatisfaction in the great sea of transient phenomena, Read more [...]

(20) The Valley of the Dead

It was not that long ago that your spirit decided to partake in a magical mystery tour through the land of the living dead… Hitching a ride on the dark samsaric midnight train, Peering through smeared skhandic windows on shattered landscapes filled with greed, joy, hate, memories and other forms of self-ignorance that cling to forlorn faces looking forward to the end, or perhaps new beginnings… All contemplating the meaning of life… Hardly comprehending what they see… What Read more [...]

A Day in the Life

A day in the “apparent” life of a Lankavatarian is just that…it transcends all notions of apparency that usually dwarfs most people between the ironclad mountains of realism and nihilism. As such, a Lankavatarian is “marked with the mark of suchness.” “I focus on the personal realization of detachment, on transcending deluded views, on transcending the views of what exists or does not exist that are perceptions of one’s own mind, on obtaining the threefold liberation, on being marked Read more [...]