Warning!! Remember the Diamond sutra Warning!!.

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Diamond Sutra Warning

As soon as Zandtao crossed the threshold, engagement with daily life got screwed. Here this is described as disturbance, and it is this disturbance this warning is about. Please heed the warning. This warning is placed at the entrance of the Prajna portal, and is on every page within the portal please heed it.

As a seeker Zandtao still has “warts’n’all” – selves and egos that are still a part of daily life, crossing the threshold they exploded. This could have been a danger for Zandtao only but as he experienced it there is this warning.

At present teaching is Zandtaomed – what is accessible from the front page of Zandtao except for the Prajna portal; crossing into the Prajna portal Zandtao is a seeker questing into the unknown, Zandtaomed teachings do not cross this threshold.

Once your path crosses the threshold you are moving beyond Zandtaomed, and that could be dangerous. The seeker's path took him across the threshold, and Zandtao has faith in path. Quest into the unknown is now Prajna, and sadly that quest now includes these dangers. This requires more work on meditation to develop atammayata whilst keeping 100% engagement with daily life.

What has taken Zandtao across? This is very important because of the disturbances experienced. What took the seeker across was creativity – the search for the unknown, the final “stages” of what was reached as a search for the unknown as described in Viveka-Zandtao.

It happened when Zandtao was studying Thay’s significant sutras in Awakening the Heart. The first sutra Thay focussed on with regards to this threshold was the Diamond Sutra - discussed in "Awakening the Heart". What the Buddha said in this sutra is the essence of the threshold, it is the core of the warning. Whatever happens as you cross this threshold hold strong to the discipline that took you to the threshold. As Zandtao enters the unknown there is strength in the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness. Zandtaomed follows Buddhadasa with these 4 Foundations, his Anapanasati Bhavana, Mindfulness with Breathing – MwB, is the meditation method that Zandtaomed uses to prepare the vihara and build the faith that searches in the unknown. There is a state, atammayata, in which conditioning does not affect the seeker, this state (translated as unconcoctability) means that your vehicle cannot be affected by conditioning in the search for the unknown. With the focus on this unknown there is a strong risk of intellectual proliferation if the vehicle is not prepared to resist conditioning, it is this lack of preparation that made crossing of the threshold disturbing.

But once the threshold has been crossed then the search for the unknown has to be affected by Prajna-paramitta. Because writings have happened across the threshold, Zandtao has opened the Prajna portal as a symbol of this crossing. As you cross the portal there is the warning to hold to the Diamond sutra and on each page there is the Diamond sutra marquee warning. In Zandtaomed terms, be in a state of atammayata before studying anything in the portal.

Does your path need to cross the Prajna threshold? As a seeker the answer for that arises with your own search for the unknown. In Viveka-Zandtao Zandtao developed that search for himself, if there is no search why go through the disturbance that the threshold can cause? For Zandtaomed the path is described sufficiently in the trilogy – with Zandtaomed Advice to help.

The central teaching of the Heart sutra is emptiness. Buddhadasa taught emptiness using the Pali sunnata, Tibetan uses Shunya. It is the focus on this central teaching that Zandtao feels caused the disturbance crossing the threshold. The Diamond sutra warns to hold to your discipline, that Zandtao takes as atammayata – perfecting the vihara and faith, before considering sunnata as emptiness; Zandtao takes the Diamond sutra as a warning that this disturbance was to be expected. Throughout the Prajna portal this warning is passed on.

Please be warned about the disturbance this threshold brought and remember to hold to your own teachings and discipline of the Diamond sutra, or as Zandtaomed says with atammayata:-


Enter the Prajna Portal




Next:- Intro / Doubts/

Zandtao Meditation page Advice from Zandtaomed


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Prajna:- Prajna, Reflections
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