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Asvaghosha - The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana - How to know if you have achieved annihilation



Type of Spiritual Experience


The Dharmakāya (Sanskrit: धर्मकाय; Pali: धम्मकाय, lit. "truth body" or "reality body") is one of the three bodies (trikaya) of the Buddha in Mahayana Buddhism. Dharmakāya constitutes "the unmanifested, inconceivable (acintya) aspect of a Buddha, out of which Buddhas arise and to which they return after their dissolution".  It is thus a synonym for the Higher spirit.

The Paramitas - In the Pāli canon's Buddhavaṃsa the Ten Perfections (dasa pāramiyo) are (original terms in Pāli):

  1. Dāna pāramī : generosity, giving of oneself
  2. Sīla pāramī : virtue, morality, proper conduct
  3. Nekkhamma pāramī : renunciation
  4. Paññā pāramī : transcendental wisdom, insight
  5. Viriya (also spelled vīriya) pāramī : energy, diligence, vigour, effort
  6. Khanti pāramī : patience, tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, endurance
  7. Sacca pāramī : truthfulness, honesty
  8. Adhiṭṭhāna (adhitthana) pāramī : determination, resolution
  9. Mettā pāramī : loving-kindness
  10. Upekkhā (also spelled upekhā) pāramī : equanimity, serenity

The Dacakucalani – the ten virtues consist in not committing the ten evils which are as follows :

  1. Killing a living being
  2. Stealing
  3. Committing adultery
  4. Lying
  5. Slander
  6. Insulting speech
  7. Frivolous talk
  8. Avarice
  9. Evil intent
  10. False view

A description of the experience

Asvaghosha - The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana translated by D T Suzuki

all Buddhas, while at the stage of discipline, feel a deep compassion [for all beings], practise all paramitas, .... and many other meritorious deeds;  treat others as their own self, wish to work out a universal salvation of mankind in ages to come, through Iimitless numbers of kalpas; recognise truthfully and adequately the principle of equality among people; and do not cling to the individual existence of a sentient being.

By virtue of such a great wisdom that works means of emancipation, they destroy ignorance that knows no beginning ; recognise the Dharmakiya in its original purity; spontaneously perform incomprehensible karma as well as various unfettered moral activities ; manifest themselves throughout the universe, identify themselves with suchness, and leave no traces of compulsion.

The source of the experience


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