The Part & the Whole: Identitylessness & Buddha
Welcome to the fourth episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.
Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant.
As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano.
t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.”
t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family.
My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, with t.k. to share with a larger audience.
If you've listened to the first three episodes, you may, as I do, wonder exactly who is this enlightened being giving these tremendous teachings? Well, hopefully this interview will begin to provide some considerations on that question. In it, Rinpoche discusses who he is, the concept of identity, and what a Buddha is. I feel tremendous joy in being able to share this interview with you and I pray that it has as much of an impact as it did on me.
Feel free to leave comments or questions or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Dakini Night Poem" sung by Sky, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHwcywjXWUA.
The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from one of t.k.'s poems:
I am only love
This room where I live is only mystery
And here I will live with you
Without beginning or end
In this freedom place