This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Trikaya

As one example of the metaphysical character of the Mahayana, we could mention the doctrine of the Trikaya, which describes the Three Bodies of Buddha. This doctrine distinguishes between the Dharmakaya, the Sambhogakaya, and the Nirmanakaya. The Dharmakaya is the Buddha at the level of ‘the Father’, which is to say the supreme and unconditioned state, beyond being. The Sambhogakaya is Christ as Logos, and who is therefore conditioned but beyond nature. The Nirmanakaya is then Christ incarnate in human form, or in Hindu terminology, as Avatar. All three ‘levels’ are of course simultaneous but distinct by representing enthronement beyond being and on down to the level of multiplicity, but in the third state the Buddha (as with any of the Avatars) is no less truly one and the same as the first or the second. This could be understood in the same way that Christ speaks truly when he says that ‘I and my Father are One’ (in the state of Nirmanakaya) and of him it is said that ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’ (in the state of Sambhogakaya).

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