con man's game of "power"
"The Love that a sage speaks of has no duality and hence no suffering. It is not the human love of relationships, though it is expressed in relationships. It is a tender-hearted affection that pervades appearance, every and all appearance, without any distinction between perceived, perceiver, or perception. It is not a relationship, or even a state of being, but simply the facticity and flavor of awareness-appearance as a single word. The sage is untouched by suffering and yet the karmic body is ceaselessly broken-hearted for the suffering of beings and this spontaneous compassion moves into action as dharma." - t.k.
“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune ... Something Americans and Tibetans and Islam all would do well to remember.
"If you took out all the fantasy, commercialism, ego inflation, spiritual materialism, politics, gamesmanship of authority, and dogma ... well, there wouldn't be that much to say in or about spiritual life. It's really all so very simple and full of silence. And yet, there is so much talking, hmmmmmm." - t.k.
Concern with power consumes the energy which would otherwise be joy and spiritual inquiry. It is the self preservation trick of delusion to draw people into the con man's game of "power." - t.k.
"Joy, happiness, bliss, in this life and without ceasing ... beyond birth and death ... unutterable, ragged, wisdom bliss manifest and manifesting in and as and of all appearances. That is the state of the sage. A happiness without the slightest trace of the seeds of falling back. Not even the possibility of falling back. Perfect peace and unutterable bliss, tender-hearted affection and unspeakable joy. Yes, that's pretty much it. Suffering and wisdom both require work and effort -- only one of them leads to this result." - t.k. in a talk this morning