Sit-a-Long with Taigu: Three Yanas

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Three yanas, three vehicles, three ways to sweep the mind.

The Buddhist path can be viewed in a threefold way, three distinct and yet interrelated yanas, or "vehicles": Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantrayana (or Vajrayana). Three styles of living and dancing with pain. The first one, masculine in essence, is a path of discipline, control. The mind is tamed and the wound is healed through diligent and careful practice. The second one, Mahayana, is a path of compassion, pain is loved, taken care of, and the face of Jizo and Kannon manifests itself in the process of dealing with one's suffering or other people suffering. It is a more feminine, nurturing and open way. The third way is to be one with pain, to get intimate so one can communicate with its naked core, a boundless field of energy one can dance with. Beyond the veil of emotions, we may find a raw and rich quality.

Sweeping the mind is not getting rid of anything, but just letting go of the belief that this pain is solid and everlasting.

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Today's Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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