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.

spiritual scholars and vomiting

Once a learned Geshe was traveling the Golok region challenging various masters to scholarly debate. He was seemingly unbeatable and he used this power of speech to further sectarian animosities. The Geshe heard that there was a somewhat crazy but powerful Nyingma yogi living with a band of disciples not far from the monastery he was at. He went in search of Do Khyentse. 

As he rode toward the place of the yogic encampment a rider rode up along side him and said "Kabyong Rinpoche sent me to escort you to our encampment." The Geshe felt quite proud that a special envoy had been sent for him. Arriving at the Gar the Geshe saw a feast had been prepared and asked "What is this?" The rider replied "Kabyong Khyentse Rinpoche has arranged this feast to celebrate your arrival." Now the Geshe felt even more pumped up. Striding into the main tent Do Kheytnse personally welcomed him and showed him a seat on his right side and filled his plate with his own hand. This treatment was so grand and unusual that the Geshe felt there would be no debate, Do Khyetnse was admitting defeat even before it started, through this behavior. 

 Plate after plate was eaten with much drinking. The Geshe was way over full when Do Khyentse filled yet another huge plate with lamb. "The Geshe, stuffed to the point of bursting, ran outside and vomited all the food he had eaten. Feeling embarrassed he turned to see Do Khyentse laughing behind him. "You have eaten so much knowledge in just this way, spurned on by your pride, and you came here wanting to vomit it all over my friends. You are really quite disgusting and you know it. There is no need to debate as your need is the losing in and of itself. If you want I can teach you the one thing that makes a difference --- how to digest what you have learned. When that has happened you will feel no need to vomit on others any longer, that is all your debating is." 

The Geshe stripped off his rob and became a householder yogi in the encampment of Do Khyetnse. It is said he both attained realization and transcended the need to debate with others. Excellent accomplishments. 

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