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Buddhist Doctrine

Tsong Kapa says, " I assign "thatness" in its use in the direct sense of "absolute reality". Thatness means in context, 'truth, reality, principle and imminent absoluteness.' This "Thatness" is then HPB's "boundless immutable principle, one absolute reality".

All disciples that 'recognise' one another have that unbreakable bond of brotherhood and fraternity, which is a Bond of the heart. They are literally linked by a thread, which in all probability is as real as is the sustrama or silver thread of consciousness. All souls are one and an integral part of the Oversoul, a Fundamental brought to us by HPB, the soul is Hierarchy, which is the soul of humanity. The recognition is a result of the construction of the rainbow bridge of consciousness, or the Antahkarana.

My translation brings Sa'ngha to mean, 'the brotherhood of Buddha's disciple's'; it also goes on to say that, 'the sangha forms the third constituent of the three jewels in which refuge is taken.' Teachings of Buddha Paul Carus.

All disciples who 'truly recognise one another can not in truth feel a sense of separateness and therefore be 'at odds' with one another. No matter what discipline or school of teaching one passes through. Unfortunately as we are told, it is the disciples of the world who prevent the return of the Christ, for it is our discordant processes and disunited Will which is his greatest challenge. Lets take up that challenge with an inner search to pledge loyalty, unity and right action, motivated by fiery love.

Each disciple is linked with infinity and with all members of Hierarchy, thus their strength is as "ten fold" symbolically depicted in the holy bible. Maitreya [Metteyya] in the Buddha teachings literally means "he who's name is kindness".

These sequential states hold interest for me. Firstly the mind reacts to what is seen, it perceives an image, action or scene and reacts to perception, assimilates and perhaps compares image to previous memory/image. Then it appears that a moment of stabilisation is made where control of the pervious processes or reactions were registered. This registration must of taken place in a fraction of a second and possibly must be seen as a continual sequence of processes due to the number of actions and events the mind perceives every second of living.

There then is reached a "moment" of response by the mind to the two previous occurrences, giving us an indication of the blindingly fast sequences of time passing by. The mind responds. It has self consciousness and perceives its own processes and registers in self acknowledgement of its registration of the perceiving of its "mental state". We will not always record this due to the speed and repetition of sequence, nor should we. These processes then pass away upon self registration of events and perception and pass into the perceiving consciousness in full and complete registration faculty of observation and analysis thus entering the discriminative function of mind.

I am in fact reflecting on the operation of the mind in usual constant everyday function and not so much on a meditation state. The Buddhist observation as regards phenomena is “Na me so atta” (this/these are not my soul), which is the offering of Gautama Buddha in the Nikayas.  This is the fruit of my reflection on these sutras.

Perhaps the Buddha had his close disciples, as did Jesus/Christ. I couldn't say which are his oldest writings though they must have been recorded and handed down over time.

The teachings like the New Testament are wonderful works as DK mentions somewhere if I recall. The Noble Eightfold Path is a masterpiece together with the Four Nobel Truths. They truly are. Here and now, these recorded gems will suffice for me.

Samana is Pali and is a term for an Ascetic or holy one living under vow. Sra' mana is the Sanskrit version.

Tathagata is both Pali and Sanskrit and generally means 'the Perfect One' the highest attribute of Buddha.

Nirva' na is Sanskrit and refers to the extinction of Illusion, attainment of Truth or otherwise, 'Enlightenment.' 'Bliss.' 

Buddha went from sage to sage in search of enlightenment and to discuss the context of soul, ego and self and this context was often lost in transcription. He learned and moved on to others in search of better doctrine. Alara spoke of atman and soul, Buddha understood this as a separated personal self outside the bodies. Buddha was very concerned with the suffering masses and sought to end the suffering self.

When he clearly describes the deliverance from the extinction of the suffering self he indicates the control of the lower threefold personality and all the material matter which constitutes these. The four noble truths are a profound and foundational teaching left by the Lord Buddha. Alara uses descriptions and terms not unlike Patenjali.  

The soul is the I, "Alara said: "What is that self which perceives the actions of the five roots of mind, touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing? What is that which is active in the two ways of motion, in the hands and in the feet? The problem of the soul appears in the expressions 'I say,' 'I know and perceive,' 'I come,' and 'I go' or 'I will stay here.' Thy soul is not thy body; it is not thy eye, not thy ear, not thy nose, not thy tongue, nor is it thy mind.

The I is the one who feels the touch in thy body. The I is the smeller in the nose, the taster in the tongue, the seer in the eye, the hearer in the ear, and the thinker in the mind. The I moves thy hands and thy feet. The I is thy soul. Doubt in the existence of the soul is irreligious, and without discerning this truth there is no way of salvation."

Buddha, we are told, came to "serve the soul of man", according to AAB/DK. In considering the nature of the human soul we also consider that all souls are identical and know no separation from all souls and the oversoul, the world and universal soul. This becomes apparent with the development of the buddhic body, and the development of the pure reason/wisdom. The buddhic vehicle or vesture of consciousness is also identical with the universal buddhic nature and universal soul.

Thus the Buddha served the soul of humanity with the anchoring of the buddhic thread of consciousness and enlightenment for humanity; he was a planetary light bearer just as sometime in the future humanity will collectively become the planetary light bearer. To bear the light of buddhi is to reflect the countenance of the buddhic aspect of the ancient of days. Adi Buddhi is the quality of the lord of endless summers and synonymous with universal time as being boundless ancient and endless which reflects the reality if the eternal now or state of being of the true buddhic nature of a Buddha and all those within the council of the lord. 

On the Buddha/Christ as destroying avatars and builders, we could say they are saviours of spiritual values and destroyers of evil intention. We were warned that there would be great upheaval towards his arrival once more.

I am indeed equating Truth with the eliminating of the personal self interested self and the revelation of the Higher immortal self. Again, this is definitely a highly occult and occultly scientific process. This process as indicated has been laid down over the ages by many a Teacher of Occultism and Spirituality. Living Ethics if you like.This method may be seen in text form in Books such as "The New Testament" "The Scrolls of Kumran" "Agni Yoga” AABs "Ageless Wisdom" The works and precepts of HPB, Master Hilarions teachings including "Light on the Path" "The Upanishads" "yoga Aphorisms" and teachings of the Buddha.

You will figure from this boundless testimony to the Occult Wisdom that there are many ways of arranging and expressing the words of truth yet if it could but be seen the message is the same. May I simply add that there was no attack on Buddhism or Confucianism etc. Only a teaching on "prostituted" Buddhism etc or as Master KH indicates "bigoted religions and sects worship,” which Master Morya was trying to deal with in communication yet was finding it exceedingly difficult to achieve. The degenerated practices of the dark brothers, "Red Caps" was the foreseen problem of all the great teachers such as Buddha, Christ, and the Chohans and Masters and as indicated by the Buddha in relation to Buddhism.

For instance the work and original intention of Christianity was largely considered a failure and was also attempted to re-install its true meaning via Mohammed as overshadowed by the master Jesus. That there are many good Christians and Moslems is very true, but the true intention was much distorted by men over the years. The same is said of Buddhism in the secret doctrine by HPB. It took many attempts to "graft" it onto the degraded religion of the time.

There were many failures of the Buddha's original intention. It is also said in the SD that today in the East there are Dugpas who work solely to destroy and defile the Buddhist doctrine by their disgusting and evil practices. No doubt this may be applied to other religions also. .Of course the same may be said for degraded Christianity yet Master H was talking of "True Christianity" as DK goes to some trouble to inform us of the bridging religion, was prostituted also as we may be aware.

All existence is the manifestation of the great ray lives of cosmic love. All periodical vehicles are vehicles of the ray lives and agni. The One great existence initiates vibration which is motion and therefore differentiation with gradation of vibration and frequency, according to Karma. The key to the fundamentals of occultism is the key to our progressive understanding the existence of the great breaths, the absolute existence and eternal reality of energy and under occult law its modification and densification without loss and its evolution and refinement of infinite magnitude. Tsong Kapa bows and praises the great Rishies and Shambala.

That everything is subject to change, evolution and progression does not imply that there does not exist thee, “Boundless Immutable Principle; one Absolute Reality” running like a life ray and precedes all manifested forms. We must remember it is beyond the range and reach of any human thought or expression. To be “empty of inherent existence” implies there is no “absolute reality” which refutes the first fundamental of the secret doctrine of HPB/DK. Does Tsongkhapa deny there is "one absolute reality"?

Yet we may take the indication of this “boundless immutable principle and absolute reality as the abstract and un manifest one ray of the first fundamental of the secret doctrine being manifest in the three logi rays which become the seven. We are enabled to do this due to the un precedented instruction of AAB/DK and the teachings on the three fundamentals, the seven rays and also seven Dhyani-Buddhas and the Boundless ¬di-Buddhi primeval and Universal Soul of the occult doctrine of DK, the Secret Doctrine and Ageless Wisdom.

Tsong Kapa says, " I assign "thatness" in its use in the direct sense of "absolute reality". Thatness means in context, 'truth, reality, principle and imminent absoluteness.' This "Thatness" is then HPB's "boundless immutable principle, one absolute reality". She states "√di Tattva, in Esoteric Cosmogony, is the Force which we refer to as proceeding from the First or Unmanifested LOGOS."

A wrongly viewed emptiness "destroys the weak intelligence". "Whatever depends on conditions is empty of intrinsic [self] reality". He goes on to say that the Buddhas do teach two realities, the superficial shaping consciousness via language and the "Ultimate absolute" being profound and transcendental and sub standing all things, conflagration between these two miss the profound reality and principle and the very "Thatness" as understood by Tsong Kapa in the teachings of enlightenment.

Indeed without understanding the ultimate reality, nirvana is not attained and the bliss of the "body of truth" the Dharmakaya monadic vesture will never be achieved. This is, if not taught correctly is according to Tsong Kapa and Nagarjuna "dangerous" to the weak minded student and he cautions against "mis-knowledge" by the "dull-witted" for trying to fathom his teachings and his "principle". The term "emptiness" has a "meaning, a "use" and a "sense" as a possible object of experience. Misunderstanding or inadequate spiritual reading of this is condemned by the great sages as bringing "damage" upon the weak mind. We should note the tone and important assertion of the sages.

To deny ray energy would be a mathematical impossibility and would break the laws of physics and cosmic mathematics, not to mention the one law of karma. Therefore DK asks us to consider the nature of our septenary universe as a fundamental proposition with a spirit of real inquiry and intelligent assessment. The "Boundless Immutable Principle; one Absolute Reality" implies the reality of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ray logi and therefore denotes the fundamental basics of the septenary universe. Tsong Kapa does not deny the exitance of this, and denotes "Thatness" to this teaching.

I noted out of interest that 12x12x7= 1008, which is close to the twelve heart lotus petals of the inner head centre and the thousand head centre petals, or 1012. This in itself is very indicative and suggestive, I am sure you will agree bro. How completely magnificent the correspondence in fact when we apply such thoughts to the embodiment of the cosmic Christ force to the Buddha and the Christ? They are here representing the 12 and the 12 and the occult seven which with a stretch could be symbolic of the seven ray logi or the 1008 attributes of the head centre as assigned in Hindu literature.

The Christ Maitreya therefore he is indicated as being produced from this Earth humanity and not, like the Buddha, from another chain [Moon chain] and thus from another planetary humanity. References provided by me do not state that the Christ’s work is "more great" than that of the Buddha’s' The Buddha is more advanced than the Christ. Maitreya Christ is therefore described as being the "eldest in a great family of brothers" of Earth humanity.

Years of training and discovery in the field of martial arts may bring one to the TAO/AUM of pure reason and spirituality. "All things arise from Tao" we both know that the path or way is hard and lonely but has its compensations. As a student of the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching of Lao-Tze and the eastern masters, I think, concentrate and am in tune more as an oriental than an occidental at times. Many lives, many struggles and many battles contain the WAY. I bow to those Initiates of the Far East, and the mere thought fills me with reverence and humility towards the great wisdom of the past, present and future.

When the Lord Buddha said "For this," says he in concluding, "I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard, but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly." I urge all brothers to so act according to their consciousness.

JPC.
Extracts from old papers.
Compiled 18/10/08.

Philosophy and meditation for the way of the empty hand.

TAO (a religion based upon pure reason and spirituality) The Way of Heaven. HPB.

The great sage Lao-Tze (Chin.). (c. 604-c. 531 B.C.) He is the traditional founder of the philosophy of Taoism, whose precepts are contained in his Tao Te Ching. Agni Yoga.

The Japanese, among who are now to be found the most learned of the priests and followers of Lao-tse. SD1 xxvi. HPB.

Lao Tsu, the legendary author of the Tao Te Ching, was the first to provide a comprehensive treatment of the Tao. The religion based on the concept of Tao - Tao Jiao - is known in English as Taoism. Lao Tsu taught that, "He who follows the Tao is one with the Tao," and "Being at one with the Tao is eternal, though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.’ (Verses 23 & 16)

That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end. (verse 30. tr. Gia Fu Feng) www.

The Word or sound for ancient Asia in the past was TAO, or the Way. It stood for that ancient Way which the Initiates of the Far East trod and taught. For our race the sound is AUM. BC 52.

The "kara" of Karate-do was also interpreted by Gichin Funakoshi to mean "to purge [oneself] of selfish and evil thoughts, for only with a clear mind and conscience can [the practitioner] understand that [knowledge] which he receives." Funakoshi also believed that one should be "inwardly humble and outwardly gentle." Only through humility could one be open to Karate's many lessons, by listening and being receptive to criticism. He considered courtesy of prime importance.

The Way and the Hand.

Another nominal development is the addition of dō to the end of the word karate. Dō is a suffix having numerous meanings, including "road," "path," "route," and in this case, "way." It is used in many martial arts that survived Japan's transition from feudal culture to modern times, and implies that these arts are not just fighting techniques but have spiritual elements when pursued as disciplines. In this context, dō is usually translated as "the way of," as in aikido, judo, kendo, Tae Kwon Do. Thus, "karatedō" is more than just "empty hand"; it is "the way of the empty hand". www.

Meditation for the Way of the Empty Hand:

The sons of men are one and I am one with them.

I seek to love not hate:

I seek to serve and not exact due service.

I seek to heal, not hurt.

Let pain bring due reward of light and love.

Let the soul control the outer form and life and all events,

and bring to light the love which underlies the happenings of the time.

Let vision come and insight; let the future stand revealed.

Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.

Let love prevail. Let all men [persons] love. AAB.

In one of the old books, available for the instruction of disciples these words are found:

"The armed hand is an empty hand and this protects its possessor from the accusations of his enemies. It is a hand freed from the taint of the four symbolic evils - gold, lust, the dagger, and the finger of enticement."

These words are most significant, and it might be well to study briefly the type of hands and their quality which are distinctive of disciples. In all forms of esoteric teaching the hands play a great part and this for four reasons:

1. They are the symbol of acquisitiveness.

2. They are centers of force.

3. They are wielders of the sword.

4. They are, when employed unselfishly Instruments of healing. TWM 576.

All things arise from Tao. They are nourished by Virtue. They are formed from matter. They are shaped by environment. Thus the ten thousand things all respect Tao and honour Virtue. Respect of Tao and honour of Virtue are not demanded. But they are in the nature of things. Therefore all things arise from Tao. By Virtue they are nourished, developed, cared for, sheltered, comforted, grown and protected. Creating without claiming; doing without taking credit; guiding without interfering - this is Primal Virtue. (verse 51. tr. ibid )

The great Tao flows everywhere, both to the left and to the right. The ten thousand things depend upon it; it holds nothing back. It fulfils its purpose silently and makes no claim. It nourishes the ten thousand things. And yet is not their lord. It has no aim; it is very small. The ten thousand things return to it, yet it is not their lord. It is very great. It does not show its greatness, And is therefore truly great. (verse 34. tr. ibid)

Yield and overcome; bend and be straight; empty and be full; wear out and be new; have little and gain; have much and be confused. Therefore wise men embrace the one and set an example to all. Not putting on a display, they shine forth. Not justifying themselves, they are distinguished. Not boasting, they receive recognition. Not bragging, they never falter. They do not quarrel so no one quarrels with them. Therefore the ancients say, “Yield and overcome.” Is that an empty saying? Be really whole and all things will come to you. (verse 22. tr. Gia Fu Feng) www.

JPC.