A sage is a remarkable phenomena……
The modern sage t.k. was born at the Columbia Hospital for Women, Washington D.C. in 1959. Like a living myth, a dream of ancient India or Tibet, he was born as the fulfillment of the final prayer made by the crazy wisdom Siddha Do Khyetnse Yeshe Dorje.
In 1860, Golok Tibet, the greta Dzogchen Siddha Do Khyetnse was on pilgrimage to the hidden land of Pemakö when he fell to his death from one of the many dangerous wooden bridges which crossed high gorges and raging cascades. As he fell he whispered a prayer which he had been repeating for his whole adult life. “For the benefit of all beings may I be reborn in times uncertain and lands unknown.”
In 1942, the future United Nations ambassador Jean Kirkpatrick was a 16 year old girl of Baptist parents. She awoke one night to a vision of light filling her room. Sitting up in bed, believing herself to still be asleep and dreaming, she shook her head and felt filled with wonder . At the foot of her bed, floating in the air, was a woman dressed in radiant white clothing and emanating a quality of unfathomable peace. She spoke to the girl explaining that she would some day bring her child into the world. That vision was of the Tantric goddess Dorje Yudronma and, after a pregnancy, which she later described as “free from any feeling of illness or discomfort, filled with a sense of joy and peace”, she gave birth without pain to the child who was the fulfillment of Do Khyentse’s final prayer.
In 2003, in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, India, near the borders of Tibet and Bhutan t.k. finally completed the pilgrimage begun by Do Khyentse and entered the hidden land of Pemakö. In a small village, a 12 hour trek from the nearest road, he established a school for girls and boys where the traditional sacred ritual practices, dances, crafts and yogic meditations of the Ngakpa are taught. In 1990 a little outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, t.k. established another center, Tsogyelgar, where radical spiritual enquiry and the yogic practices of Buddhist Tantra and Dzogchen are practiced.
t.k. is a unique modern sage who bridges the gap between ancient India, Tibet and modern America. As he likes to joke “The only sure method of immigration is a not a green card it is incarnation.” From his earliest life t.k. was consumed by a spiritual longing which, in his teens, matured into a quest. He went to talks
of the radical spiritual teacher Krishnamurti, spoke with Jesuit priests, Franciscan monks, practiced in a Gurdjieff school, at zendos, ashrams, worked with prayer and contemplation at the gypsy church of the Black Virgin in Provence, studied the work of ancient masters and modern mystics such as Dudjom Rinpoche, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Osho, Adi Da, the Sufi master Javad Nurbakhash, Ramana Maharshi and received a university degree in comparative religion …… All this was in an effort to rediscover the wisdom of his previous life and establish a broad foundation for his future work through understanding the strengths and weaknesses of differing means of spiritual transmission and life.
In 1990 t.k. was living a simple life in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife Katie. He worked as a gardener, she ran a preschool, and they earned enough to pay their bills while pursuing a life dedicated to spiritual enquiry. Shortly after his 30th birthday, at the end of a year of intense contemplative practice and spiritual phenomena, t.k.’s lifelong spiritual quest bore fruition in a radical and irreversible awakening into-as-of the unborn and undying mind of wisdom bliss - Buddha Nature. t.k. had no interest in disrupting the simplicity of his ordinary life and planned to continue gardening and landscape work. Deep down inside he knew that his karmas and prayers from pervious lifetimes would eventually push him into sharing wisdom and the path of awakening but he wished to postpone this as long as possible. He made a decision not to speak of his awakening to anyone and to not teach unless, unbidden in any way, someone approached him and requested teachings. This happened a little less than a year later and so the teachings began ………….
* Coming soon the complete autobiography of this unique sage in serial installments.