While its no longer true in many universities, the presentation of Tibetan Buddhism in western academia—and the books that came out of it—was heavily skewed towards the Gelug philosophical view and its traditions. There are various reasons for this. . .
A moment of magic in describing the idea of 'encounter'. . .
54 Gandhi Road is a feature documentary project on the extraordinary life story of Kangyur Rinpoche (1898-1975) and the few Westerners who discovered him in Darjeeling, India, in the early 70's.
What is “divine” about deities, dralas, devas, yei, and so on? Perhaps it is partially because each is itself unbound by any of those attempts to capture, own and freeze it. Impervious to attempts to subsume them under any conjectured umbrella of enforced “unity”. The attributes and descriptions of deities themselves convey this intangibility.
Interview: Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo: Yudron, I love that the strong story-telling tradition in Tibet inspired you to write Vajrayana based novels to help teenagers understand and heal their experiences. Many parents are probably prostrating to you! How did you come to identify teenagers as your audience?
While one might expect ongoing scriptural revelation to be innovative, Nyingma Treasure is in fact strikingly conservative. Despite the colourful personalities of individual treasure revealers, and the sometimes dramatic public displays accompanying revelation, finished Treasure works are faithful to age-old tradition.
When I hear best selling authors saying that we don’t need to step back from our everyday life in order to gain the advantages of meditation, I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. Really, I do. A few of their points are sound, that what is found in time apart is also available here, and that ultimately we need to bring the practice home, and I give them credit for saying this much. But when they deny the value of retreat, they go too far.