Turning Adverse Circumstances into the Path of Awakening
I recently heard the Buddhist story of Devala the Dark, who was being cursed by seven Bramhans, ‘but the more they cursed him, the more beautiful, good-looking, and inspiring he became…’
This reminded me of the Tibetan Buddhist Thought Training practice, called changing adverse circumstances into the path to enlightenment. One analogy they use is that of the Peacock in the Poison Grove. They say this mythological bird eats poison, and his plumage becomes brighter, and even more beautiful. The more difficult things are, and the greater the need, the stronger these practices become. In some ways, this is the ideal practice for our times.
Out of night’s troubled dream,
I wake and hear cries,
and people running down the hallway
I gather myself and listen –
Our house is on fire.
The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra Retreat, by Ani Tenzin Palmo, Vajrapani Institute, Boulder Creek, California, June 8th through 10th, 2018.
Commentary on Advice for Mountain Retreat, by the Eighth Kamtrul Rinpoche
Complete audio recordings:
Friday evening, June 8th, 2018
Saturday, June 9th, 2018, morning session – I
Transcript of an excerpt, A Healthy Sense of Self
Saturday, June 9th, 2018, morning session – II
Saturday, June 9th, 2018, evening session – audio,
On the meditation section of the text:
Saturday, June 9th, 2018, evening session, questions and answers
Sunday, June 10th, 2018, closing session
Friends, a couple of months ago I came across a wonderful podcast called ‘This Esoteric Life’. In it, Christopher ‘Free’ covers a broad range of subjects from The Western Esoteric Tradition, and he does so in an inspired way. So I sent him a message and suggested we do a program on Buddhism and A Belief in the Miraculous as a starting point, and here it is. The program we did together is titled, ‘Esoteric Buddhism‘.
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Great Perfection Teachings
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