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All the essays, renderings and compilations reproduced here, are the work of Dharmachari Vidyavajra and  subject to copyright and should not be reproduced without first seeking permission from the author.  




1~
 Binding One's Self Without A Rope


Who we are, our sense of identity, is important to us. To lose one's sense of Self could be seen as to no longer exist.  This essay looks at the benefits, problems and contradictions behind having a 'sense of Self'.


2 ~ Drdha


An exploration of the role of the Earth in human psychology and religion, the Gods & Goddessess in mythology who become our spiritual guides and archetypes.



An overview of the history and development of Buddhist imagery, from its aniconic early phase, to the full flowering of Rupas hundreds of years after the Buddha's death.


4 ~ Enter The Grass And Transmit The Wind

We are a culture steeped in speech as its major forum for the communication and dissemination of concepts, ideas and innovations. Dogen points out that the best form of communicating the Dharma is resolutely non-verbal.



All religions arise out of the twin problems of what our lives are for, and what happens to us after death. What is the relationship between the two states? If indeed there is one. Dogen delves deep into the perplexing conundrum of consciousness. Who lives, who dies, and who is it that is re-born?


We are impermanent beings, in an impermanent world. This is a truth we do not want to see. Somehow we need to find a way of practicing that is effective in chilling the warm glow we surround our selves in. But for a Western Buddhist what would that be? Is basing our practice on imitating the Past Masters sort of missing the point?


There are a number of different ways of looking at the spiritual path. But the essential difficulty encountered is how to sustain our practice, when transcendental insight isl not present. How we imagine Enlightenment can both help and hinder. Dogen brings it existentially down to our sense of Self, and whatever  the state called suchness is.


So much of what the spiritual path consists of arises from understanding ourselves in ever greater depth and detail. Knowing what our true relationship with reality is. The walking of ourselves becoming one with the walking of everything else.


An essay in several short sections exploringfrom personal associations the implications of some Tibetan Verses on Letting Go, Putting Down, and Turning aside.