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The genuine heart of sadness – bodhicitta

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl Jung Bodhicitta is literally a heart – our wounded, tender, some way melancholic heart. A heart that has desire and determination to overcome all the limitations of life (or our Ego) to become whole. A heart full of unconditioned love and sadness. It has...

The power of Zen stories

There is a tradition in Zen Buddhism of recording short tales that are able to teach us about the world and make us question our preconceived notions in just a few words. Below are two such stories, one traditional and one contemporary, that might just give you a fresh perspective. The Tiger and the Strawberry #1 ‘While out walking one day, a man came across a tiger. He fled from the snarling creature, until he came...

Female demons of Ancient Japan

!! As you know the Kingdom (and demon) at the core of ‘Ninth Planet’ in The Pearl Territory is called Mara. I have no idea why I’ve chosen that name, but then I googled… and found out: x x x  Guest post by Sami Reed Cleaver –  click to connect Japanese folklore humors us with stories and tales about scary, powerful demons and monsters that represent EVIL and are set out to terrorize humans that do wrong...