'daddy figures' and star struck fixation
In response to the power of deadening, commercialist, degraded, stilted unthinking, conformist trends in art the great painter Juan Miro said "I want to break the cubist guitar. I want to murder painting." That pretty much sums up how I feel about Dharma. - from talks on the need for some radical changes in the transmission of dharma - t.k.
The system of Vajrayana is perfect, sublime. Every facet of human growth - psychological, spiritual, yogic, philosophical, transcendent - is contained within it. The technicalities have no need of change ... but, the mixing of power, money,... status and religion (which is inevitable due to delusion) always creates profound problems over time. The bravery, freedom, wisdom and compassion needed in sustaining authentic transmission free from political machinations, empire building, personal power plays - as seen in Dungse Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is rare beyond rare. It requires having gone beyond the 8 worldly concerns and few are the ones who do that. ............... Sadly the combination of asian xenophobia and subtle power plays (asian power playing puts the best of the west to shame for subtle artistry) and western infantile need for 'daddy figures' and star struck fixation is a potent one for all forms of idiocy.
This mind empty, serene like a still lake, sudden appearance, mind's clarity embraces without defense or withdrawal. The mind that is at once immovable and yet does not ever stop, instantly touching the extent of infinity, is the inheritance given us by the Buddha. - t.k.
The vast greening of spring, the caw caw, cheep, chirp, croak of life, a cloud of mosquitos from fresh mown grass ..... all appearance held in silence, the single body, and mind's vast expanse a luminous empty clarity. By and large people are looking for confirmation, security, regard and therein lies the origin of fretful unhappiness.- t.k.