By Tulku Sherdor
An emaciated yogi spending years in remoted retreat cabins in chilly northern climes, frequently with no electrical energy or operating water... assistance to the US s so much prestigious litigation company, hurtling around the skies in a leased jet to place out felony brushfires, with billions of bucks at stake... A reincarnate Lama swathed in maroon and gold gowns atop a throne of honor amidst hundreds of thousands of priests in an impressive temple within the distant Tibetan hinterland of Golog... A Human Rights activist suffering to unfastened indentured slaves within the sweltering jungles of western Nepal... Translator, attendant and center disciple for a dozen years to a real King of loopy Wisdom.... One individual suits all of those descriptions, and plenty of extra. examine his notable existence s trip to this point, and his wry, sharp, and candid reflections on lifestyles, demise, rebirth, and that which nor is born nor dies our precise nature.
A tender-hearted compliment and elegy to the good Tibetan Buddhist masters of our occasions. - Moke Mokotoff, Zangdokpalri Foundation
An wonderful and unique paintings of literature by way of a well known western Lama within the Tibetan Buddhist culture, hailed as "deeply relocating and ... remarkably good written." --Erik Pema Kunsang, Rangjung Yeshe
"The excellent tales rank correct up there with these in Blazing elegance, the memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche." -Lama Surya Das, Dzogchen starting place
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Anyone, by contrast, who has had a glimpse or taste of the experience that discursive thinking occurs to, or within the space of, mind’s natural cognizance, recognizes this insight to be not a barrier or threat, but a portal and promise. (Ironically, perhaps, many years later, after I had studied with Hopkins at the University of Virginia, and after I had completed many years of retreat, a professor on the West Coast named Ken Liberman, who had been handed a copy of my thesis without a title page, wrote to me hoping to open a scholarly dialogue.
Only in retrospect do some events stand out as unusual. At the time, in the way of children, I accepted most things at face value. I recall one short-lived period when I began to dream nightly of finding lost treasures in open sight. During the day, still taken with the flavor of these dreams, I started keeping my eyes on the ground wherever I went, and uncovering one thing after another. It started with small coins of silver and nickel lurking in the grass every day. Then I found a gold ring, and shortly after, a gold ladies’ watch.
MORE DEATH AND REBIRTH The summer after my junior year of college, I hitchhiked to Boulder, Colorado. There, living on cans of Spaghettios and boxes of macaroni and cheese, I studied and interned at the fledgling Naropa Institute founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Somehow I never managed to meet Trungpa that sum-mer, though he lectured on Buddhist poetics every Thursday evening. I was out canvassing for Greenpeace. I do remember Robin Kornman, for whom I nominally worked at Naropa in exchange for my tuition, telling me that everything is a trade-off.
A Path Strewn with Flowers and Bones by Tulku Sherdor