teachings of a modern spiritual adept

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.


unable to keep silent sentient beings speak

unable to set aside compassion Buddhas speak

fen yang understood questioning


spider web

declamation of autumn leaves


         the fragility of           ( and               the melt at water’s edge.                                              

                                              cupped in                                                                      

                                              this hand                                              

                                              a single crystal                                               

                                              of ice )


the stream of karmas    gyroscopic craving   12 links produce                

                         facebook comments                

                         self preservation as opinion                   

                         utterance  of


the unstruck sound   words unravel and reveal                                                

                                                  the Buddha’s speech                                                              

                                                  empty sound                                              

                                                  self liberating


few people have faith in Buddha Mind,                      (remaining

if they did they would change their whole lives         with fenyang’s

                                                                                            single    question) 


with compelling clarity.



Love abounds in all things, excels from the depths to beyond the stars, is lovingly disposed to all things. She has given the king on high the kiss of peace. - Hildegard of Bingen


From Fenyang’s (947-1024) Five States
“Coming from within the absolute is lotus flowers blooming on parched ground--their golden calyxes and silver stems are bathed in jade dewdrops. The eminent monk does not sit on the phoenix pedestal. The relative within the absolute--the moon is bright at midnight, the sun must greet the dawn. The absolute within the relatives: hair tip becomes a huge tree, a drop of water becomes a river. Arriving in both-spirit does not come from heaven or earth; how can heroism depend on the four seasons for its impulse? Simultaneous realization-the jade woman casts the shuttle on the whirring loom, the stone man beats the drum, boom boom.”


The moth wishes to unite with the flame thinking this is a source of happiness. Each of the 4 states, waking, dreaming, deep sleep, desire is the shaped form of a delusion. The state of desire, in this human desire realm, is the shape of the delusion that what we long so profoundly for is to be found in externally. In the delusion free expanse AwarenessAppearance are a single whole innately pervaded by bliss without the seeds of ever falling back into suffering. How terribly sad is delusion. - t.k.

Talk, talk, it's only talk ... the actual practice of Dharma takes very little talk, very few teachings. It is the refusal to practice Dharma, the resistance to doing what what must be done, the willful ignorance and laziness that account for the enormous amount of Dharma talk.

Words have no intrinsic meaning; they are simply empty sounds in the air or scribbled lines on paper. Mind imbues them with meaning in accord with our knowledge. Appearance is the illusory play of mind’s ink on the paper of Dharmakaya - imbued with meanings in accord with our karmas. – t.k.



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