Blue Lotus Assembly


All Boils Down to Two Main Purposes

We have two main practice types that guide progress in our Kasumi-An Shugendo. On one hand, we practice to cultivate more power. This means we practice those things that add [...]

“Spiritual Friendship”

There is a word for spiritual friendship. Kalyana-mitra, or “good friend”, is the concept behind all of our work in encouraging others and spurring on our own exploration. Being fully present [...]

5 Wisdom Transformations

For decades I have searched for teachings on how the 5 personality flaws (anger, neediness, ignorance, egotism, envy) are said to be transformed into the 5 parts of wisdom. Just [...]

Samsara and Nirvana

Samsara is mind pulled outward when beholding externals. Lost and confused in the deluded belief in the reality of what the mind itself creates through interpretation, and then projects outward, [...]

“Great Wheel of Truth” Mantra

Winter Quest 2017 — we practiced Kuji 2 alignment and revitalization and balancing of the body’s psycho-physical centers. We used the mantra “Enerchii” (“Energy”), but here is the formal practice [...]

Hannya Shin Kyo “Heart Sutra” Notes

MA-KA HAN-NYA HA-RA MI-TA SHIN-KYO “Heart” of Transcendental Wisdom Teaching KAN-JI-ZAI BO-SA-(TSU) Kannon bodhisattva GYO JIN HAN-NYA HA-RA-MI-TA steeped in transcendental wisdom JI SHO KEN GO UN KAI KU saw [...]

21st Century Religion?

Religion can be said to be humanity’s attempt to know the unknowable and control the uncontrollable. Religion also entails a belief that reality is underpinned by some absolute external supernatural [...]

Being Aware of the Mind’s Process

Did you ever have a nightmare so real that you actually felt rescued upon awakening? You felt a deep sense of joy and liberation when you realized it was “only [...]

Spirituality in Martial Arts Class?

A friend wrote critically of codes and creeds in martial arts schools. He feels people just want fitness and self-defense and do not sign up for what he calls “Boy [...]

Glimpses of What Could Be

What would it feel like if you could, after years of working hard at understanding life, sit under a tree and vow not to get up until you truly grasped [...]
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