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December 04, 2014

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I have been looking into the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The middle pillar, which corresponds to the breath, is a shortcut between Malkuth (the earthly sphere) and Kether (the absolute, which corresonds to Brahman) and the three phases of non-being (Ain, Ain-Soph, and Ain-Soph-Aur). In Qabalistic terms, it appears that to antecede the breath means to travel a shortcut from the material world to the absolute. To reverse one’s own emanation, so to speak. This makes sense to me as I now understand that my Atman is being absorbed by the Ain.

I know these things do not correspond to the Hinduism I was taught, for in Hinduism these is nothing beyond Brahman. How these things correspond to Buddhism, I do not know. It is very hard to understand certain concepts before one has seen them. Is this not so?

Electric Black:

What is anterior to the psychophysical body is the âtman (= animative principle). But because of our primordial ignorance (avidya) we attach to the psychophysical body in the belief that it is who we are. From this ignorance we go in either two directions: 1) the finite psychophysical body is my true self; 2) there is no such thing as a self or âtman. Both of these positions the Buddha rejected. One way to break our attachment to the psychophysical body is by pari-mukha-sati which is almost impossible to render into English. One day, many years ago, I just did it. I ran over to the library to see the term in Pali. And there it was. I have argued with Buddhists over this term. They don't want to listen to me, so I don't bother teaching it anymore except on my blog, occasionally. They prefer to sit on their asses.

Thank you for your response. After practicing the meditation for some time, I feel my consciousness is becoming connected to something greater. Did the Buddha explain anything anterior to the local consciousness of the body? Please forgive my ignorance. There are concepts in Buddhism which are still new to me. I am asking this question because I seem to be arriving at something beyond what the Hindus would call Brahman, or perhaps it is a greater phase of the same entity? I am having trouble understanding what this is.

Check out this blog: From and Incorporeal Perspective: http://zennist.typepad.com/zenfiles/2009/04/from-an-incorporeal-perspective.html

You talk about seeing pure Mind in nature. I have some questions about your Dark Zen Meditation. Is it necessary to perform with eyes open or eyes closed? Also, can you reference the Sutra quote which led you to develop the technique? Dark Zen Meditation corrected some energy problems I got from other, incorrect meditations. It would be informative to know how you discovered the technique.

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