Slow on the Uptake

August 11, 2008

Denny Blouin pens a personal investigation on Chögyam Trungpa in North America. “He came West at a pivot moment in world history. A time when, as he said, ‘confusions dawn everywhere, spiritual disciplines have gotten messed up and because of that, somehow or other, somewhere, vajrayana is possible to present. In this land of America, this beautiful land, this beautiful kingdom of America, vajrayana Buddhism has become possible to present.'”

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August 10, 2008

“Kalapa” is a new protecting entity announced in the Sakyong’s 2008 Shambhala Day address. But what is it protecting? If Shambhala Buddhism and Shambhala are two different lineages, it can protect the former, but not the latter.

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Keeping Alive the Teachings

August 10, 2008

The living treasure trove of teachings, practices, forms, symbols, individual and group instructions and methods, which the great Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche left to the world, are held by his direct students–to preserve, protect, and propagate.   Such treasure belongs not to us, but to humankind.

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Indignance and Dignity

August 6, 2008

Some don’t care. Some pretend to not care.
Some have moved on. Some pretend to have moved on.
Some who moved to get away from it all
Were surprised to discover they still had it with them.
We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.
It just never seems safe ground in the world of Awake.
To be able to dissolve the word Shambhala altogether
And still live in Nova Scotia with its sense —
That is the question.
Who cares?
That is the point.
Tsondru Namkha