Monday, 26 October 2015

Kindness as an illness


"The idea of kindness as an illness with all its attendant concepts of infection and contagion is highly creative. This manner of expression is a brilliant example of how Tantra turns language on its head. It uses violent rage to describe clarity, and sickness to describe health. Sometimes you have to spread the illness of kindness in the guise of desperado and sometimes in the guise of 'thom yor."

p138 Wisdom Eccentrics, Ngakpa Chögyam, Aro Books, Inc, 2011, 978-0965394864

Monday, 19 October 2015

Vajrayana


"Every style of perception is utilised by Vajrayana to realise the nondual state. Vajrayana is the method by which everything is accomplished through all possible means."

p9 Wisdom Eccentrics, Ngakpa Chögyam, Aro Books, Inc, 2011, 978-0965394864

Monday, 12 October 2015

Vajrayana is not ordinary


"Vajrayana is not ordinary and so ordinary language cannot be used. Vajrayana is the poetry of existence beyond space and time. Vajrayana is every art and you must be practising every art. If you do not practise every art how can you know the elements? And if you do not know the elements how can you know the essence of the elements and open your eyes to great vision?"

p3 Wisdom Eccentrics, Ngakpa Chögyam, Aro Books, Inc, 2011, 978-0965394864

Monday, 5 October 2015

Basis of the spiritual path

"At the beginning of the Tantric ngöndro we invoke the presence of the Lama. Since the Lama is the one who exemplifies both the qualities of path and goal, we acknowledge the Lama as the beginning and end of all practice. After having commenced our practice by acknowledging the Lama, we consider the difficulty of gaining human re-birth (in terms of having the conducive circumstances to practice). Human re-birth is the basis of the spiritual path of liberation and is therefore precious and worthy of great respect. If we do not value the situation in which we have found ourselves, then we will not make use of our precious circumstances and a great opportunity will be squandered."

Dzogchen View of Tantric Ngöndro, His Holiness Düd'jom Rinpoche, Aro Encyclopaedia