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.

invitation to wisdom

For the student everything must be invitation to wisdom ... everything! Every sight, sound, word, gesture, leaf, cup of coffee ... everything must provoke inquiry, questioning, investigation. This is the outer meaning of seeing the entire world as the wisdom mandala (and one usually missed). The wisdom mandala seduces you by invitation into perfect questioning. The disciple who is sincere can, and must, question EVERYTHING ... most especially themselves. The true yogin makes the continual fire offering of appearance into inquiry ... psychological, philosophical, spiritual, yogic inquiry. This is how you imbibe the meaning of 'tongpa' -- so often reductionisticly translated as 'emptiness,' but actually having the grammatical nature of being a verb ... the way great wisdom is emptying the structure of everything and allowing the appearance of every thing.

For the master, everything is invitation to divulgence ... when ego has gone to nothingness (where it never really left to begin with, LOL) then the remainder offering of body/mind/feeling lives as nothing other than invitation and giving. Then nothing can insult - only invite to divulge. A true master is only 'remainder’ - like the remainder offering given at tsog to those beings on the edge of the mandala. In tsog, this is a symbol of the true remainder offering - the one whose mind has gone in wisdom ... then what is left behind - the body/feeling/mind's functioning all shaped by light rays of love and wisdom, transparent to vastness, are a remainder offering to all sentient beings who still live on the edge of the mandala of wisdom realization.

In one of Do Khyetnse's terma, the verse for remainders says, “For those who abide on the edge of the mandala. To afraid to enter yet to wise to leave.” Ha ha, these are the people on the path! Soon, when fear (and its deformed twin 'hope') have melted away like mist in the morning sun, then entering will be your own ownmost natural activity ... a la la 

 The sun of the student's longing causes the fertile earth of lineage to release its moisture into the sky of wisdom until such time that the pregnant rain cloud of sublime wisdom beings showers down blessings (here it is worth remembering that in Vajrayana the meaning of blessing is more akin to alchemical catalyst - that which transforms one thing INTO another rather than a kindly pat on the head).

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