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BUDDHA AKSHOBYA (MITRUGPA) IN ‘VAJRA-ESSENCE’ TREASURE OF GURU PADMASAMBHAVA teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

As a short break between the remaining posts on the 17th Karmapa’s teachings on the Origins of Secret Mantra, here is a write-up of the recent teaching and empowerment (11th September 2021) given by HE 8th Garchen Rinpoche on the Buddha Akshobhya (see video here). I received this online empowerment from Garchen Rinpoche, and have… Continue reading BUDDHA AKSHOBYA (MITRUGPA) IN ‘VAJRA-ESSENCE’ TREASURE OF GURU PADMASAMBHAVA teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 10): ‘DO WHATEVER YOU ENJOY’, HERETICS, HEDONISTS, NIHILISTS AND ‘NAKED ASCETICS’ IN INDIA: Sixty-two wrong views, six non-Buddhist teachers, the Charvakas and Jain followers at the time of Buddha

‘As long as you live, live joyouslyNone can escape Death’s wide net;When once this body has been burnt,How can it ever return? While you live, live well, even if you have to borrow, for once cremated there is no return.’ ― Quotes from Charvaka school “Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 10): ‘DO WHATEVER YOU ENJOY’, HERETICS, HEDONISTS, NIHILISTS AND ‘NAKED ASCETICS’ IN INDIA: Sixty-two wrong views, six non-Buddhist teachers, the Charvakas and Jain followers at the time of Buddha

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 9): ‘NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE’, INDIAN PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS ON MATTER, MIND, METAPHYSICS, LOGIC AND THE MEANING OF LIFE AND REALITY (by 17th Karmapa)

Reality is truth, and what is true is so,irrespective of whether we know it is, or are aware of that truth.— Akṣapada Gautama in Nyaya Sutra The true being is eternal, having no cause. Its indicator is its effect. The presence of the effect arises from the presence of its cause.— Vaisheshika Sutras 4.1-3  … Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 9): ‘NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE’, INDIAN PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS ON MATTER, MIND, METAPHYSICS, LOGIC AND THE MEANING OF LIFE AND REALITY (by 17th Karmapa)

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 8): THE AGE OF PHILOSOPHY, ARRIVAL OF SUTRAS, DIVINE GEOMETRY AND DEVANAGARI SCRIPT by 17th Karmapa

“The history of linguistics begins not with Plato or Aristotle, but with the Indian grammarian Panini.’ — Rens Bod “Sūtras are called so because they have the following qualities:few letters, i.e. aphoristic in nature;unambiguous; contain the essence of the śāstra;comprehensive and universal; without superfluous words;and free from error. (alpākṣaramasandigdhaṃ sāravadviśvatomukham  astobhamanavadyañca sūtraṃ sūtravido viduḥ ||)”… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 8): THE AGE OF PHILOSOPHY, ARRIVAL OF SUTRAS, DIVINE GEOMETRY AND DEVANAGARI SCRIPT by 17th Karmapa

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 7): IDEAS ON SAMSARA, KARMA, ADVANCED PHILOSOPHY AND INDIAN CASTE: the Upanishads on liberation, two epic Indian poems, Buddha’s clan as ‘friend of the Sun’, rise of the Brahmins and status of women (by 17th Karmapa)

“Brahman has but two forms—gross and subtle, mortal and immortal, limited and unlimited, defined and undefined.” (dve vāva brahmaṇo rūpe—mūrtaṃ caivāmūrtaṃ ca, martyaṃ cāmṛtaṃ ca, sthitaṃ ca yacca, sacca, tyacca||) — Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.3.1 “Then, higher than this heaven, above the world, higher than everything, in the highest world, higher than which nothing exists—the light… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 7): IDEAS ON SAMSARA, KARMA, ADVANCED PHILOSOPHY AND INDIAN CASTE: the Upanishads on liberation, two epic Indian poems, Buddha’s clan as ‘friend of the Sun’, rise of the Brahmins and status of women (by 17th Karmapa)

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 6): FROM MANY GODS TO ONE- BRAHMA, PRIMAL SOURCE OF ALL PHENOMENA. Development of Indian Philosophy, the Brahmanas texts, the Upanishads and profound views of the ‘one source’ nature of reality and appearances (by 17th Karmapa)

Brahman is the end of the journey. Brahman is the supreme goal.– Katha Upanishad 1.3.11 The wise one perceives one’s own higher Self in all, and all in one’s own higher Self. Therefore, he does not hate or injure anyone. Such a person loves everybody as one loves God. – Ishavashya Upanishad 1:6 Introduction Here… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 6): FROM MANY GODS TO ONE- BRAHMA, PRIMAL SOURCE OF ALL PHENOMENA. Development of Indian Philosophy, the Brahmanas texts, the Upanishads and profound views of the ‘one source’ nature of reality and appearances (by 17th Karmapa)

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 5): VEDIC MAGICAL RITUALS, ACTIVITIES AND MANTRAS: the four Vedas, horse sacrifice, King empowerment, fire pujas, the fourth Veda and their connection to Secret Mantra

Give us agreement with our own; with strangers give us unityDo ye, O Asvins, in this place join us in sympathy and love.May we agree in mind, agree in purpose; let us not fight against the heavenly spiritAround us rise no din of frequent slaughter, nor Indra’s arrow fly, for day is present ! — Atharvaveda 7.52… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 5): VEDIC MAGICAL RITUALS, ACTIVITIES AND MANTRAS: the four Vedas, horse sacrifice, King empowerment, fire pujas, the fourth Veda and their connection to Secret Mantra

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 4): ‘HUMAN NATURE’ AND VEDIC GODS: Fire, intoxicants, money, death and the Vedic ‘dark side’: Demi-Gods, Maras, Flesh-eaters, and the four priests required for sacrificial offerings (by 17th Karmapa)

With the years of my youth passing awayI have wandered all across the land of India, east and west.I have studied Sanskrit, most useful,And the useless language of the foreigners. –Gedun Chophel, Tibetan translator of the Upanishads and Dhammapada[i] We need to understand the background and history of Indian civilization. Only when we understand that,… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 4): ‘HUMAN NATURE’ AND VEDIC GODS: Fire, intoxicants, money, death and the Vedic ‘dark side’: Demi-Gods, Maras, Flesh-eaters, and the four priests required for sacrificial offerings (by 17th Karmapa)

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 3): VEDIC HYMNS TO DIVINE MOTHER NATURE: Oral myths, poems and praises to the Gods of Nature and the importance of the Vedas for understanding Buddhist Secret Mantra origins (by 17th Karmapa).

“United be your purpose, harmonious be your feelings, collected be your mind, in the same way as all the various aspects of the universe exist in togetherness, wholeness.” एक हमारा उद्देश्य हो, सुसंगत हमारी भावना हो । एकत्रित हमारे विचार हो, जैसे सब कुछ इस विश्व में एकता में है ॥ Source: Rig Veda VIII.8.49.4… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 3): VEDIC HYMNS TO DIVINE MOTHER NATURE: Oral myths, poems and praises to the Gods of Nature and the importance of the Vedas for understanding Buddhist Secret Mantra origins (by 17th Karmapa).

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 2): ARRIVAL OF THE ARYANS, MOTHER OF INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES. Ancient Indus Valley civilisation, Aryan migration and language, the indigenous Dravidians and cultural mixing (by 17th Karmapa)

  “Secret Mantra is like a treasury of ancient Indian culture. Normally, when we say Secret Mantra, we think about it as a religious thing done out of faith and devotion, yet we don’t think about in terms of its value relating to Indian sub-continental culture, history and knowledge. This is also a quality of… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 2): ARRIVAL OF THE ARYANS, MOTHER OF INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES. Ancient Indus Valley civilisation, Aryan migration and language, the indigenous Dravidians and cultural mixing (by 17th Karmapa)

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