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.

Reality Habit

The human world is a structure of light, a pattern or current within the ocean of undefiled wisdom bliss. Yes, in truth there is only light, only wisdom bliss but this sort of statement is merely shallow consolation if it is not realized, made real, in the continuum of body, mind, feeling. If Truth is not realized then this habit of “reality” is a terrible force whose “truth” (albeit relative) is cause and form of human suffering. The truth of the human realm is that there is terrible suffering here. There is confusion, delusion, anger, hurt and on top of all this the human realm - characterized by impermanence - is a place of loss and ending even in the best case scenario.

There is no “talking your way into enlightenment.” Truth cannot be realized by talk, by intellectual consideration. To study, consider, think, conceptualize about Truth will never bring liberation from suffering and the birth of joy without serous work, prolonged practice. The distinction between understanding the words and the meanings has always been central to authentic Dzogchen. The “Reality Habit” is not just in thought but it is in the way thought, mind, is embodied and enworlded in the self-appearance of everything and everywhere.

The province of spirituality which is mere words, collected and parroted, is the quintessence of the childish adolescent approach to life and happiness -- like little boys playing “doctor” or “fireman.” The child’s fantasy life is very real within their heads but can not cure even the child’s own disease or put out a dangerous fire....... this is why such childish practitioners tend to need shallow, self centered lives so that the world’s real suffering can be held at arms length.

What is sad about this is that years pass while fools obscure their own and others chances for authentic realization in this fashion. As time passes and the parroting of spiritual understanding continues without truly transcending suffering a jaded cynicism quietly grows. This cynicism can be seen in so many neo-dzogchenpas and neo-advaitans as they age. The numbing blanket of jaded cycnicism is the diret result of refusing to submit the whole of body, mind, speach to the curing power of true divine transmission.

The spiritually immature play at being little jnanis, little gurus and some day, in some life they will tire of this. Those who grow up and embrace the demand of life’s challenge enter “the work.” They become true bodhisattvas who benefit every being. For those who have outgrown the path of shallow parroting and excuses, who are ready to take up the way seriously and engage the ordeal of the spiritual process, realization is in fact possible. Outside of this “talking,” collecting words and re-arranging them as “one’s own” presentation of the teaching will only strengthen suffering’s stranglehold.

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