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#1 Comment By Chris On October 2, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

“So if your reason for sitting or doing post meditation practice or any other kind of practice is self-improvement, it is like eating poisonous food.”
CTR, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-kindness, Collected works (CW) Vol 2. p. 206

#2 Comment By Chris On October 2, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

“The basic point is to experience cessation rather than to have a theory or a dream about it. As several contemplative gurus in the lineage have warned, too much description of the outcome is an obstacle to the path.”

CTR, TOS, p. 67

#3 Comment By Chris On October 2, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

“According to the Buddhist tradition, the spiritual path is the process of cutting through our confusion, of uncovering the awakened state of mind… So it is not a matter of building up the awakened state of mind, but rather of burning out the confusions which obstruct it. In the process of burning out these confusions, we discover enlightenment.”

CTR, CTSM, p.4

Thanks to Norm Hirsch, and other students of CTR, who carry his “whetstones” as lineage.

#4 Comment By rita ashworth On October 3, 2010 @ 8:11 am

Dear All

Yes the article by Ven Kilts is very good regarding the shambhala teachings.

As to the context of religious diversity in the UK yes I think it is undergoing a change in that people are more open to the expression of druidic and indeed other ‘nature’ religions –so its not an extreme path to follow now and is coming more into the mainstream.

I think this is due to the growth of the environmental movement in the UK and the horrendous situations of flooding that have occurred in Hull, Tewkesbury and Yorkshire amongst many places. I think people can see the tangible effects now of a warming climate so they do indeed believe that politics and indeed religion will have to offer up some ‘answers’ to these matters.

Also though the UK is still a Christian country, Christianity too is to be found in more inter-religious dialogue with other faiths which is indeed growing aswell. Christianity too here is not like that in the US where it takes a major role in the politics so UK governments are not hide bound to the religious right. As Alistair Campbell, Blairs former press secretary, said ‘We dont do God’ and this is still the attitude amongst many people here to politics even if they are religious.

The UK is also a secular society but it is not a secular society as much as France or indeed Holland is becoming. I think this is in part due to our colonial past and a kind of tolerant nature to the expression of faith. Indeed on the whole I think the Islamic faith is settling into the mainstream of English life aswell and the Archbishop of Canterbury is involved in many interfaith dialogues too. So I think in the English context we are very loathe to bring in laws that inhibit religious freedom greatly because of the history of the place in regards to reformist politics.

Getting back to the shambhala teachings I think they may change regarding to which country they are located in, of course in this respect there is the whole context of sacred spaces in the UK from history -so I dont know this whole area will need to be explored further. My feeling is that in the UK both Buddhism and the shambhala teachings will work more like in the Japanese context (though with a liberal monarch!) merely just from taking an intuitional snapshot about what is occurring with religious and secular diversity here.

Well best

Rita Ashworth

#5 Comment By John Perks On December 31, 2010 @ 10:28 am

“For auld lang syne my jo
for auld lang syne
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
for auld lang syne”
cheers and joy

#6 Comment By Rob Graffis On February 3, 2011 @ 1:04 pm


(sorry abbout the high caps).
Also, how did the title: H.H. Tulku Ozay Rinpoche come about?

#7 Comment By John Perks On February 4, 2011 @ 10:45 am

Dear Rob,
interesting that you asked about Jim Gimian and Ozay Rinpoche,I have never met Ozay in the flesh,but here is what happened….several years ago while in Ireland I had a dream that I was at encampment with Lord Mukpo we were all sitting down in our best mess dress uniforms eating drinking making Shambhala toasts,you know the scene..well in the middle of all this festival in runs a balded headed naked clown jumping about disrupting the scene and I think thats Jim Gimian but when I look closer I can see its not Jim at all so I ask Lord Mukpo “who is that” and he replies “he is a complete fake like you” I had the same dream several times when this crazy guy shows up…so fast forward a couple of years I have forgotten about these dreams then this picture of a guy calling himself Ozay Rinpoche shows up on my facebook page,I a somewhat surprised because he looks just like the clown in the dream…so I send him an email “who gave you that title Ozay Rinpoche?” and he shoots back with “no one I am a complete fake”..I have not told him this story because he might want to become someone Pope or Dali Lama..HA HA HA..I love him alot..love to you ..JP

#8 Comment By Rob Graffis On February 4, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

You have a website?

#9 Comment By John Perks On February 5, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

Dear Rob,yes if you just search for “celticbuddhism “you will find it

#10 Comment By edward On February 16, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

Hey Mr. Perks,

I’m wondering if you feel there is any room or place for pleasure, sex, or women in the practice of Buddhism? Many people– especially those of us from Anglo Saxon backgrounds– have a lot of guilt and confusion about pleasure and its relationship to spirituality.

I posted a tiny article about this a few days ago [3]. Feel free to leave a comment if you feel moved, and you can link back to this page or to your other website so people can find out more about you. There are about 170 readers of that site so far, and a number of them are enormous fans of your book. 🙂 Your book really helped me a lot, so much so that I recommended it to many friends.


#11 Comment By Rita Ashworth On February 17, 2011 @ 3:16 am

Dear Edward et al

For another point of view on the Zen tradition -readers may want to check the book by Grace Schireson called Zen Women:Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters.

You can also check out her FB page -there is a great debate going on in the
Zen tradition about the ethical context of student/teacher relationship in the
West. Its a fascinating discussion to follow and may have some impact on the creation of further sanghas here.


Rita Ashworth

#12 Comment By John Perks On February 18, 2011 @ 9:25 am

Dear Edward,
AH yes SEX I have heard of it,I even remember it,well I have a new book coming out this year in which sex is talked about for two chapters,as for Buddhism I have heard of that as well,and I even remember it…what always interested me about sexual energy was that all beings have it even plants but few if any want to investigate or talk about it,right now half the world is doing it,and the other half does not want to know,but remain in secret…interesting don’t you think Watson….

#13 Comment By John Perks On March 5, 2011 @ 5:41 am

Cheerful Shambhala day,Joyful Losar,
From all us Celts to you ,may the great eastern sun arise in your hearts,the wind be at your back,the path rise up to meet you,and the rain of blessings fall upon your head,Cheerful Celeibrations “Rejoice the great eastern sun arises”

#14 Comment By Sr Gryphon On March 5, 2011 @ 9:48 am

Hello all.

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Sr Gryphon

#15 Comment By Rob Graffis On March 7, 2011 @ 2:27 am

As you know, orchids are very sexual in nature. That is why people collect them.
Mushrooms are very phallic.
Lingums (if I spelt that right) are worshiping penises.
Very much of the India / Nepal religious traditions.
Come to think of it, even people have sex.
Even monks and nuns think about sex.
Buddha had to make Vinaya precepts. concerning sex within the monastic tradition.
I very much respect monastic rules as far as celibacy goes, but please, let us not use sex as a weapon for puritanical reasons. ..

#16 Comment By John Perks On April 22, 2011 @ 6:44 am

For a good read try..”.Rumi The Big Red Book” by Colman Barks is anyone else besides John T writing poetry? if so why not post it?John as well of course.

#17 Comment By John Perks On April 29, 2011 @ 7:35 am


#18 Comment By Brad On May 29, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

Hey John Perks,

Reprint your blessed book, will ya?! Copies can’t be had for less than $120 on Amazon, some of us wee teewiddles (with no money) want to read it!

Best to you!

#19 Comment By John Perks On June 1, 2011 @ 6:21 am

Dear Brad,
thanks for the message about the book,we have a few copies for Teewiddles at $25.00 post free.send us your address,
we will not be reprinting this book but have an extended edition coming out this year in french,connot afford to print in english,but french and spanish publishers have contacted us ‘so will be printed there,
thanks again,and cheers,

#20 Comment By John Perks On June 1, 2011 @ 6:23 am

Dear Brad,
thanks for the message about the book,we have a few copies for Teewiddles at $25.00 post free.send us your address,
we will not be reprinting this book but have an extended edition coming out this year in french,cannot afford to print in english,but french and spanish publishers have contacted us ‘so will be printed there,
thanks again,and cheers,
John Perks

#21 Comment By John Perks On June 1, 2011 @ 6:35 am

WOW,hows that for reprint!!!

#22 Comment By Brad On June 2, 2011 @ 11:15 am

Alrighty John, I’ll e-mail you at the celticbuddhist gmail address. Thank you so much!

#23 Comment By John Perks On June 30, 2011 @ 6:09 am

AH good morning all on this fine interdependance day weekend,
We CelticBuddhists and CelticChristains are raising some money for “The Gilkerson Fire”called “Fire on the uproll” an old naval term.we know that the Gilkersons could manage on their own,but we would like to help in a small way,if any of you Shambhalaians would also like to help that would be fine.
In order to raise some cash we are offering a gold Dupont lighter once owned by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche ,and given to his servant John Perks,we are taking offers of over $1000.00 US funds all of which will go to the Gilkersons,Please email us at [5]
Thank You,
and a fine soft day to you.

#24 Comment By John Perks On August 14, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

News from the CelticBuddhist Lineage,
Rev. Andrew Peers ordained Bishop of Ireland,

Andrew Peers hails from Nottingham in England. A punk rocker in his teens, he later spent twenty years in Trappist monasteries in England, Ireland and The Netherlands. He has studied theology, philosophy and has a degree in civil law. He is ex-chair of the MID (Monastic Interreligious Dialogue) for the Dutch-speaking region (including Flanders) and participated in the 10th Spiritual Exchange visit to Japan in 2005. He writes articles on the spiritual materialism of religion and leads his own meditation retreats. He is currently living on the west coast of Ireland serving as a Celtic Buddhist priest and Bishop of Ireland.

#25 Comment By John Perks On January 25, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

Cheerful Robie Burns Night,
Let the lover be disgraceful,
Crazy, absentminded,
Someone sober will worry about things going badly,
Let the lover be.
……………………………..have a wonderful celibration,
with love ,and joy to all,

#26 Comment By John Perks On May 18, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

Mantra for all CelticBuddhist’s

#27 Comment By John Perks On March 13, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

Deal or no deal,dear new Pope holy father,sorry no email subscription,,no hyperlink,no e-newsletter sevice,no subscription,no grasp rrs, have small wood bowl very used,love to you

#28 Comment By John Perks On March 28, 2013 @ 6:26 am

NEW BOOK,Tony Cape has wriiten a book about being with the Boss,
“Diamond Highway” its a very good read,I might say delightful,even brilliant,try it ,its full of devotion……A love letter to Chogyam

#29 Comment By John Perks On November 2, 2014 @ 11:24 am

Rita Dear,Thank you for asking,Samhain death of the old year,we put out offerings for the forest,field,and river people,also offerings to the beings without form,then was the “Great Shaging “and conception of the new year,and into the darkness of the womb of the mother Anu who will give birth at Imbolc we moved Imbolc to March 1st insead of Feb; 1st because lambing here is in March April,now for the dark winter we practice,and study every day,as the passes fill up with snow,the main practice is Guru Yoga crying to the enlightened ones to take birth for the benift of all beings,people come and visit we have feasts,we take care of the young, elderly,and sick,through out the darkness we practice unconditioned cheerfullness,so the sun will return,and we will all see The Rising of The Great Eastern Sun….so I will not be posting on this site as I am going into retreat untill Imbolc,and should I live I will pop out in the spring…love to you and to all a snow of pure blessings on all beings,
Seonaidh the Servant.

#30 Comment By Rita Ashworth On November 2, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

Mr Perks thanks for that breakdown of Samhain -yes amongst some of my friends it has become more popular here in the UK and due to the re-emergence of the pagan movement..yeh think u can sense something is happening because the nights more darker…and after October 31st -things tad more peaceful as well…like yes we have entered the darkness…so a kind of letting go process in a Buddhist sense…

yes trying to glimpse more elemental aspects of seasons which may go some way into connecting with the shambhala teachings more…well if we deem to call these teachings that…perhaps we should look for another word to contextualise the whole process….yes this why interested in indigenous cultures because they more connected to seasons/drala I believe-so with a new group of friends beginning maybe to glimpse more deeper aspects of what CTR taught us re Great Eastern Sun…thus maybe fortunate that I did indeed leave the present Org…coz otherwise my thinking around these ‘issues’ would have become more standardised……well best from the UK Rita

#31 Comment By Ash On November 3, 2014 @ 10:06 am

Seonaidh: typo alert: isn’t it “Great Shagging?”

#32 Comment By John Perks On November 3, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

AH there you go Ash showing off that upper class edyoucation,yes “Great Shagging”,union of mother,and father ,coemergent wisdom or for you bliss,and emptyness…love to you brother was Great Shagging but now cannot get up the other “G”