Blowback

Blowback

Having recently completed the Gutor wrathful reversing practices, I feel it is a good time to clarify why we do these practices and how they must be seen and engaged in, within their own proper contexts. One of the most common mistakes made by practitioners is to take liturgical or textual descriptions of the nondual absolute reality and to dualize or intellectualize them. There are many mentions of things we consider to be negative mentioned within the wrathful practice sessions ranging from unwanted or perverted views, bad circumstances, enemies, sicknesses, demonic influences, etc. It is very easy for people reading these texts to mistakenly externalize these notions if they are taken dualistically.

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A Little Child Shall Lead Them

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

There was a phrase from the Bible Elias Friedensohn used to title  a work:  A Little Child Shall Lead Them.  Originally this phrase referred to the necessity of having a pure and innocent heart if one wanted to gain entry into heaven.  Instead, in this painting, Elias showed what happens when a young boy is allowed to let an experiment in narcissism run amok without any disciplinary action.

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The passing of yet another great sage: His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche

The passing of yet another great sage: His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche

His Holiness SDR was a very warm being. He was wise, knowledgeable, friendly, candid and for me, accessible. He was a teacher, friend, brother, father, and executioner for thousands of people. At the same time, His Holiness was an incredibly private and shy person who made sure to keep his personal and his clerical responsibilities separated despite his accessible presence among us.

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Seeing What is in Front of You

    Seeing What is in Front of You

When I was young and studying martial arts with my Chinese Indonesian Master, Suhu Subur Rahardja, I asked him directly, “Suhu, what is the ultimate accomplishment one can achieve in the martial arts?" Since I was about to embark on a lifetime of study and practice, I really wanted to know where we were headed.. His response was distinctly Buddhist. He replied: “To see what is in front of you." He continued, “but that is not very easy.”

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go

On this day just before my tour to Europe, I feel inspired or pressured to leave my Dharma Friends and Bodhivastu community with some issues to reflect on.

For me, one of the main driving factors in what I chose to do and what I feel needs to be a focus of mine in this short life, is that I have taken the words and examples of my teachers more or less literally. 

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