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NFT token fundraiser

I have started a less ambitious collection then publishing all my paintings in digital rendition. This is a small seal that functions as a signature on the paintings themselves. The goal is to sell many at a low cost and in this way fundraise to cover any gas costs associated with the whole effort. The plan is to release blocks of about 10 at a time ever-so-slightly different tokens to make up total of 108. They are priced at 0.08ETH and have resale commission of 8%.

The Seal Token Collection is here: https://opensea.io/collection/seal-token

The main collection is here: https://opensea.io/collection/choying

Lazy talk about all the good things on Guru Rinpoche Day

After a while it feels to me that I can talk about these things in a somewhat natural way, now. It is good to read on facebook: “do you know the most important sign of accomplishment of Guru Yoga? – It is when you see guru in everything!” It is really good but in some way seems unclear and who knows, even if with good intentions, possibly targeted: in order to provoke, a type of “wow, yeah, really?”…

My personal approach is to try to normalize things, to quiet down into settled understanding, that becomes very much alive this way. In order to evaluate these ideas, it is good to unlock wider focus from A Person, The Teacher, Buddha, to: Guru Rinpoche Principle. Why?

Buddhas do not manifest out of any type of vanity, it is all solely for us, in fact we do not need to know Buddhas to be connected to Buddhism to benefit from the process or to recognize this timeless, universal perfection. However here are helpfull points: 1st, it is good to reflect on how through sense faculties we from inside of our beings observe things that are more and more solidly outside, but in fact they are just like reflections on a surface of water or in a mirror they connect us on a complete, deep inner level to these ideas of light that enter into our lives through the eyes and reach inside lives. In other words if one were to train in thinking and visualizing pure forms ones perception will become more pure and Guru Rinpoche as embodiment of Buddhas manifesting as teacher is just that type of display to train in.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in this video does a much better job explaining in more traditional terms of Vajrayana Buddhist meditation with visualization on how it works and what it is all about.

update to NFT collection based on sky of music painting

Based on the original painting of Saxplayer floating through sky of music…

Choying, art life, based on actual visionary oil paintings. Limited edition manipulations of the oil paintings done over the period of over 30 years. While traveling in Europe and looking out the window in Brooklyn NY. Each painting as a starting point presented as original, then in color inversion as well as in monochrome. To create unique view of computer perspective on something that originally received brush strokes and varnish gloss. – https://opensea.io/collection/choying

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update to NFT collection for the year of the rat

Based on the painting dedicated to the lunar year under the sign of The Rat.

Choying, art life, based on actual visionary oil paintings. Limited edition manipulations of the oil paintings done over the period of over 30 years. While traveling in Europe and looking out the window in Brooklyn NY. Each painting as a starting point presented as original, then in color inversion as well as in monochrome. To create unique view of computer perspective on something that originally received brush strokes and varnish gloss. – https://opensea.io/collection/choying

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NFT Art?

Well, 3 very late-nights, and it feels good.

https://opensea.io/collection/choying

NFT is not very “new” as it is directly related to crypto-currency. However our current news are filled with updates on how venerable Christie’s has sold a massive token effort by one digital artist for millions. Yes it does sound unreal, the price is somewhere around 69M and the name of the digital artist Beeple.

I have for years thought of ways to fundraise for the idea of retreats mine and of other people and accessible to others temples and just an increase in offering monetary support to existing wonderful places that I had good fortune of visiting and studying in. While I have no plan in regards to how much it could generate, 10, 100, 1000, millions. It is available and published. I promise to try and do my best using any funds received well and mentally dedicate all merit to all who come in touch with the effort in particular and to all sentient beings in general.

Best regards,

~Cheers

ASG

March 11, 2021 Maha Shiva Ratri

On this day of traditional hope, on the night of Lord Shiva we have a lot to contend with. Good example is counter opposing idea of “Reality” and “Tradition”. Even though our very own tradition of Buddhist transmission is ground, path and result of connection on these three levels to the Liberation from confused states and ignorance within the cycle of existence, within Samsara. Still we are all bound to maintain a degree of sectarian view as long as ego demands of imposition of limitations is not let go more and more. The whole revolutionary idea is that there is idea of reality and idea of knowledge and that must be of importance not any idea of maintenance of any tradition for the tradition sake. As one great master said in my paraphrase: “True lineage is embodiment of wisdom within by the lineage holders” and not any number of traditional “bells and whistles”.

So, it is soon that we will have “New Moon” and traditionally Maha Shiva Ratri is the night just before last New Moon Night which takes place just before the Spring equinox. Spring equinox is that moment when finally momentum of days lengthening and nights shortening results in days becoming longer then nights.

May it give us all renewed strength to practice the liberating Dharma in accordance with the Dharma abandoning all egotistical self imposed limitations on the path of freedom.

Chotrul Duchen, Full Moon of 1st Lunar month 2021

https://youtu.be/1NGJGUSvu8Y

All the time we all are in a way navigating through things, places even time. And there could be a very interesting question taking place which has more greater role in our lives so called destiny or so called free will?

While it is my firm opinion that all questions have answers in them already. And thus purpose of the spiritual path can be not to have more answers but to have fewer questions.

The idea above is very important and the foundation for spiritual path is that we are all “here” it is that basic human condition. Then as Buddha said “Watch Your Mind” – This is really what is required, to be able to actually pay attention to ones thoughts, speech and actions. This would include understanding that we can observe goings on in our lives and possibly see that all the temporary goings on are just like clouds and even if they may appear to block the sun, the sun is still there. So, if it takes a while for the clouds to move along it does not really cause disappearance of the sun, no matter how long it is still only that: temporary obscuration. Temporary blockage in our vision and the sun is there.

Complete archive of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche Heart Teachings

1140650789-hr-11Kyabje Penor Rinpoche has established retreat center in Upstate NY in 1998 within the annual summer one month retreat a type of lineup developed within which after a particular prayer, not every day but often, Rinpoche would give spontaneous advice that came to be known “Heart Teachings”.

Some very short, others went on to over half an hour.

Complete currently known number is 152 and they are all published by year here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/shergyatso

Here is a disclaimer that i wrote for it:

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Link to Complete Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… These audio files are made at the North American Seat of Palyul Lineage of Tibetan Buddhist transmission within Nyingma tradition. The main teacher is 11th Palyul Lineage throne-holder, 3rd Kyabje Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The translation is done by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. These teachings were not given in the format of actual instructions, which took place along side on regular retreat schedule. In order to benefit from all such material one is advised to undertake efforts of meeting masters in person and dedicating one self over time to the study and practice that one receives. Therefore all these materials while are becoming more and more available as time passes by are mostly intended for the students of late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche and retreatants within Palyul tradition. Which can be joined at Palyul Retreat Center in the upstate NY and in Namdrolling Monastery in South India. One may also see if there is a local Palyul Center near them. Usually these teachings took place at the main temple of Palyul Retreat Center, during annual one month Summer Retreat as a part of morning recitation of Palyul Namcho preliminary practice. Chant master is Lama Pasang. Audio engineer is John Ward. Audio was digitized by Ani Aileen Williams. Photo by Kongpo Lama Sonam Wangchuk 2003. For more information on the Palyul please visit http://www.palyul.org For more information on the retreat center please visit: http://retreat.palyul.org On the Copyrights: These files are provided only for listening and sharing in this original form, are not to be used for any other purpose without express permission from Palyul Retreat center. The Precious Bodhichitta, If unborn, may it arise, If generated may it never diminish, And may it remain ever-increasing! By current cataloger and uploader Alex Sherab Gyatso -Nothing that I could write here represents anything but my limited and subjective capacity at an attempt of an intro.

The Ego fun :)

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ego02Facebook is not all “no prisoners” some people have highly detailed sense of humor. And when just such a person arrives it makes it all just so much better.

Thank you Geoff. I liked it too much, so I thought of saving it here. I hope you do not mind!

Nothing is better at the time of shelter-at-home then a small facebook laugh. When this comes together with existential question of whether we have any degree of spiritual outlook or are we just chasing something to satisfy something. Well, good luck to all of us. May some one benefit _/\_