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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More