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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 [...]

Bodhisattva of Thorough Discernment

The Bodhisattva of Thorough Discernment 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. “World Honored One of Infinite Compassion, your guidance concerning these rare Dharma-techniques is wondrous indeed!" “World Honored One, for all the Bodhisattvas engaged in Read more [...]

Praxis: Part I

(Hakeda) Part 4  On Faith and Practice  Having already discussed interpretation, we will now present a discussion of faith and practice. This discussion is intended for those who have not yet joined the group of beings who are determined to attain enlightenment.  Suzuki: This part of the discourse is intended for those beings who have not yet entered into the order of constant truth (samyaktvaniyata-rāśi-spiritual steadfastness) As is indicated this part of the discourse is Read more [...]
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