Monday, September 19, 2016

Small Vajra Song on September 19, 2016 Thinking about my Community of Friends and Family

We are the flame that melts conceptual mind
We are the flame that protects the indestructible mandala 
We are the flame that dances in the fire
We are the flame that kindles endless compassion
one candle at a time


Photo Courtesy of Rosemary Rawcliff 
and Frame of Mind Films

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Glimpses of Mahamudra: An Online Course on the Tantric Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa

Chogyam Trungpa's introduction to classical Shamatha/Vipaassana or Mindfulness/Awareness practice, presented here in this online course is the gold standard for creating a base for more advanced experiences in Mahamudra/Dzogchen. I highly recommend it especially for beginners.  Judy Lief, in particular, is excellent. This is her trailer to the upcoming course beginning November 1, 2016. Years ago in my youth, one had to travel great distances, live in rustic conditions, and spend a great deal of money difficult to fund when not working in order to receive these teachings. Today it is a click away thanks to the internet. 

There's a huge marketplace out there and a great deal of confusion emerging around the numerous secularized mindfulness training programs. Trungpa's first major publication Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism remains one of the first and foremost introductions to the Buddhadharma in the West and after over forty years is as relevant now as then. 

An uncommon poet, brilliant visionary and Tibetan master of meditation, Trungpa Rinpoche founded an accredited American college Naropa University, before his untimely death at the age of 47. His Teaching on "First Thought, Best Thought" is the cornerstone for my personal poetics.