KU-XIN-SHAN: The Spirit of Vipassana Jivitindriya

Ku-xin shan teaching

This Dharma Mirror is not intended to promote Mahabodhi Sunyata or its Teachers. Ku-xin Shan was co-founder of the Mahabodhi Sunyata Seminary and the Spirit behind all the Vipassana Jivitindriya teachings, who developed from an educated and cultured young woman into a perfect Dharma teacher in the old style of all those who followed Buddha himself.

In my own early biography it is trusted that the great benefit of favorable circumstances lessens difficulties. What it is important to see, however, is that the base of these favorable circumstances spoken of by Buddha can be a boon of birth, but can also be developed at any time in one's life.

It requires restraint and the clear understanding of the dangers of cognitive intelligence and the benefits of generating the touching all direct experiences that are not visceral, emotional or mental. Words and the cognitive mind are but tools of the natural Dharma and this must be clearly understood. 



                                             (NINETTE DIANE OBADIA)

The apparent goals of Vipassana seem so far away to a true beginner who is looking for more than a relief from suffering, a happy life, or a formula for Awakening. I set forward here as a modern example, a living guide, the life of Ku-xin-shan who stepped away from a traditional life to tread upon a simpler life, then upon the gradual path of Vipassana and then into higher realms from the traditional life and education as a Jewish Princess, Ninette Diane Obadia, to become a master of Vipassana Jivitindriya and an advanced practitioner of Chan and Dao.

Vipassana is not a method to eliminate suffering. It is a way to set aside the Identity illusion, the auto-immune identity, that generates confusion, debilitating acquisitiveness and aversion.

It requires the spirit shown and taught by Ku-xin-shan, who was that Princess, who stepped forward with courage, patience,  serenity,
determination, perseverance and sincere introspection as well as a distancing from stained Samsara.

She is the evidence that such a change is possible without closing oneself within Buddhist Cloisters or damping one's spirit with rites and ceremonies and without losing touch with her traditional Kabbalah roots.

This is both her story and an inspiration for those who are chained to Samsara and through her example may see that a finer natural state, living in this world without being of it, is possible.