Posts Tagged ‘via negativa’

The Way of Negation

Apophaticism is employed as a Way of Nothingness, not in a morose and nihilistic fashion, but simply as a vehicle that points to what is ineffable. In Christian parlance it bespeaks the unknowable qualities of the Godhead; the best way to come to this understanding is to UN-know all nominal paradigms and thus come to the Absolute under Its own terms—THAT which is devoid and self-empty of all knowable constructs. In Buddhism this Way is engaged as śūnyatā, also one of self-emptying but not Read more [...]

Nothingness in Nāgārjuna and John of the Cross

Our offering for this autumn season is a series based on the Negative-Way as found in the notion of Nothingness. Two proponents of this Way are Nāgārjuna and John of the Cross. From the Mādhyamika thrust of Nāgārjuna it is considered as śūnyatā, and from the mystic-pen of the Discalced Carmelite John of the Cross it is coined as nada. Thus we have emptiness clearly exhibited in two diverse spiritual traditions yet containing a kernel of comparability, although singularly expounded in Read more [...]

Mind As Absolute Suchness

(Hakeda) The part on outline has been given; next the part on interpretation [of the principle of Mahayana] will be given. It consists of three chapters: (1) Revelation of the True Meaning; (2) Correction of Evil Attachments; (3) Analysis of the Types of Aspiration for Enlightenment. Chapter One Revelation of True Meaning  ONE MIND AND ITS TWO ASPECTS The revelation of the true meaning [of the principle of Mahāyāna can be achieved] by [unfolding the doctrine] that the Read more [...]

Tārā as Our Lady of the Void

SIX: TĀRĀ AS OUR LADY OF THE VOID Emerging from the vajropama-samādhi Mahasiddha Acintapa discerned all that just came before him, the Scrutinies and the Divine Liturgy of Vajrasattva, were all Sacred Events conveyed to his Mind’s Eye. He found himself sitting and holding the mysterious sphere that was the mystic-source of his epiphany: He began to ponder all that had transpired when suddenly the hooded figure with the imageless face once again appeared before him: The Imageless Read more [...]

Our Lady of the Void: Bardo 3, Yin Zen

Accompanying the Five-Dhyani Buddhas, actually complimenting them as Spiritual Cohorts are various Bodhisattvas. Maitrya is the MahaBodhisattva who compliments Akshobhya and both Avalokitesvara and Mañjuśrī compliment Amitābha. Avalokitesvara is androgynous in that both masculine and feminine energies are manifested. In the later Bardo-stages the feminine, or Yin Energies, manifest at regular intervals as female bodhisattvas and dākinīs. This feminine-yin principle is like a black thread Read more [...]

The Buddhasoul

Quite contrary to contemporary Buddhist and Zennist incomprehension…there is a Supreme Buddhasoul, or Buddhacitta. Soul is synonymous with Self and Mind and really speaks to the flowering quintessence (the soul is likened to the opening of a lotus) of the unnamable and unknowable Primordial-Monistic Negativa—in essence, the via-positiva emerging from the via-negativa. It is what swells up inside you when struck by something profound (De Profundis: when the Original Recognition turns back Read more [...]
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