teachings of a modern spiritual adept
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Bite size teachings across 30 years.

For 30 years t.k. has offered radical spiritual teachings on the divine nature of non-dual contemplation and realization. Enlightened mind here and now, born from this culture, addressing the issues of this time and place t.k. offers transmission through countless forms - words being one of them. Here are some short pieces from his teachings over the last 30 years.

A little poem of Tantric advice.

Emptiness’ open space and luminosity’s clarity, these are two things that should be kept together. Mind’s luminosity and deity’s form, these are two things that should be kept together. The appearance of beings and spontaneous compassion, these are two things that should be kept together.

The practice of dharma and public display, these are two things that should be kept apart. Speculative talk and one’s precious time, these are two things that should be kept apart. The mind’s intrinsic dignity and the eight worldly concerns, these are two things that should be kept apart.

The world’s appearance and the celestial palace, these are two things that should be kept together. One’s every breath and the deity’s recitation, these are two things that should be kept together. The sun and the moon as seat for the deity, these are two things that should be kept together (this section is describing the practice of Tantric deity yoga in its 'generation phase aspect).

The waning days of our lives and problematic companions, these are two things that should be kept apart. Our every breath and negative gossips, these are two things that should be kept apart. Our mind’s freedom and kowtowing to others, these are two things that should be kept apart.

One’s every moment and the inner warmth, these are two things that should be kept together. The precious bindu and our own body, these are two things that should be kept together. The mind’s great bliss and the expanse of space, these are two things that should be kept together (this section describes the inner phase of deity yoga - the yogas of the inner yogic body).

A leaky faucet and an expensive mansion, these are two things that should be kept apart. Jungle tigers and sheep in a pen, these are two things that should be kept apart. Ordinary desiring and the great third conduct, these are two things that should be kept apart (this section describes facets of the secret practices of unusual bliss).

Primordial purity and easeful spontaneity, these are two things that should be kept together. All appearance and empty awareness, these are two things that should be kept together. All phenomena and complete exhaustion, these are two things that should be kept together (here we enter the view of dzogchen).

A high view but low actions, this brings shame upon a yogi. Fancy words but no realization, this signals the old age of a lineage. Buddha’s dharma and politics, this means the nail has been driven in the coffin (dharma is not worldly politics no matter how much its representatives become confused by kingly status).

If you are scared that death’s appointment with your life might come before you have understood the meaning of Buddha’s words, then shun all politics and the eight worldly concerns, embrace the lineage of practice, cultivate unwavering faith in the Guru and utter sincerity. With these there is no way to fail.

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