By Nyanatiloka Thera

ISBN-10: 1928706185

ISBN-13: 9781928706182

A vintage access within the Pali canon, this anthology charts the whole process religious improvement as prescribed within the so much historic Buddhist texts. Drawing upon the Buddha’s personal phrases from Sutta Pitaka, they're prepared in line with overlapping schemes of perform: the threefold education in advantage, focus, and knowledge, and the seven phases of purification. A long bankruptcy on focus offers sutta assets for all forty classical topics of meditation, whereas a bankruptcy on knowledge cites texts when it comes to the improvement of perception.

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Siidhana It is appropriate that the first of the eighty-four legends should repeat the elements of the story of the first Buddha, Sakyamuni, in a tantric guise. Luipa is a king who renounces his throne for the sake of enlightenment. I-asara) as a mat, a throne, and a shawl. Deer-skins indicate renunciate status; the Bodhisattva AvalokiteS'vara wears one around his torso. But Liiipa was born into the kalz'yuga when it was no longer possible to practice the fierce discipline and simple practices that Siikyamuni taught.

The "royal pride" she discerned in his heart can be rendered more precisely as "racial, caste and social discrimination,"2 and with her putrid food she pointed at a method which can best be described as the path of dung eating. Cultivate what is most foul and abhorrent, and consciousness is thereby stimulated to the point of transcendence; familiarize yourself with what is most disgusting and eventually it tastes no different from bread and butter. The result of this method is attainment of the awareness of sameness8 that is at the heart of all pride, all discrimination and prejudice, and transmutes these moral qualities, that are the mental equivalent of fish-guts, into emptiness.

Danger, however, lies in interpreting these symbolic indications through the filter of a deluded mind, rather than allowing intuition to assimilate them immediately. Third, the precepts enshrining specific meditation instruction is what is to be practiced as sadhana. Most of the siddhas' practices can be subsumed under the heads of creative and fulfillment modes, but Tantra, defined in contra-distinction to hlnayana and mahayana is "the path of multiple means,"29 and in this phrase lles an ocean of possibilities.

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