amazon review: The Lion’s Roar: An Introduction to Tantra by Chogyam Trungpa

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The Lion’s Roar:

An Introduction to Tantra by Chogyam Trungpa

Amazon.com review:

http://www.amazon.com/review/RUFR5835DDCQC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1570628955

Nine Yana (path) system of classification of Buddhist Teachings

Within Buddhism of Tibet we encounter a whole range of complete transmissions of Buddhist teachings, a complete set “from top to bottom”. That very “set” is so complete that various parts if compared can be thought to be in conflict!

Actually there was and still is a persistent discussion on how one could integrate these so called paths into one’s understanding and practice. The So called Hinayana, Mahayana and the Vajrayana, all have to work in that short moment you call life and all too often that even sorter moment we call application of Buddhist teachings, practice.

In this book this very traditional to Nyinma and Kagyu framework is explained one by one and in relation to one another, with a brilliant  paragraph titled: “The Crazy Wisdom Holder and the Student”, it places student – teacher connection on the path.

The book is based on the two teaching seminars and includes live question answer that are quite unfailingly good.

Cover is of a painting by the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa of Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava encountered in a vision.

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amazon review: Crazy Wisdom by Chogyam Trungpa

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Crazy Wisdom by Chogyam Trungpa

amazon.com review

http://www.amazon.com/review/RWFH1IVIWXKNM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1570628947

8 Emanations of Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava

Is there a choice, crazy wisdom or not crazy, is wisdom always crazy? Why is this book that contains two, both a week long, seminar transcripts is called thus?

Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa in that life has affected change to the Buddhist landscape of North America more then any other master, even up to now well into the twenty first century.

To summarize topic covered in the original lectures and this book. It is an explanation of what is known as eight emanation of Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava and the representation of one known as Dorje Drolo is actually on the cover. And Guru Rinpoche is credited to be the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.

The book covers a life story of Guru Rinpoche through these emanations, activities and names he was known by.

And possibly Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, just so “fresh-off-the-boat” (two years into his American experience) contemplating the undertaking, of what teacher has to do to lead perspective students away from the neurosis of everyday persistence of that, the meaningless everyday. And onto the path of freedom, path of wisdom, possibly crazy, because it is all-encompassing.

With great, traditional for these books questions and answers.

 

Looking for more of Binghamton NY content

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-Dandelion’s season~

Here is a non-effort, effort on facebook in a way of the group. Don’t you love it, you start it, leave it, and it gains little, by little some sort of traction? Maybe, I don’t know, but social media is very important now-a-days, it looks like.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/tbtbinghamton

Here is a message I wrote on on the timeline on another good local group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/983603978332294/

Dear Friends,

I have moved to Binghamton at the end of last summer from NYC.

My personal idea in regards to groups and meetups in the Binghamton area is that such must always maintain some sort of schedule of visits to near-by grand Buddhist temples.
Reason for this is that all around Upstate NY we have really grand temples, they are not too far and have various seasonal or year round programs and they are in our “backyard”…

So, yes Binghamton may seem as a narrow well, but if one to look out it is an ocean out there.

I have gone to two meetup meetings with Charles Goodman and planning to stop by Michael O’Sullivan’s meet up for sure.

I have also had a meetup running for half a year with regular meetings in my home’s shrine room. But there was total of 3 people showing up ever and I have discontinued the meetup site.

However, if any of you would like to connect locally here for any reason, please feel free to add my personally or join the Binghamton local facebook group I started here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/tbtbinghamton -Tibetan Buddhist Temple Binghamton.

With the hope that if we connect on a friendly, informal footing, we will have more Buddhist related events, get-togethers, friendships, flourish and increase.

Your friend,

Sherab Gyatso Alex

amazon review: Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice, by Kyabje Thinley Norbu

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Gypsy Gossip and Other Advice,
by Kyabje Thinley Norbu

amazon.com review:

http://www.amazon.com/review/RVFHFQ4S6Y5XD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1611802083

Landmark, reissued

Famous book, a part of which was published several decades ago and I have heard was circulated in a form of photo copies. In many ways the original 67 pages are still too honest and there will be always some people connecting to the text and wandering why it does not attempt to flatter no one. A work requiring high degree of open mindedness because questions are asked (it is in a form of an interview) and Rinpoche gives long careful answers that are like poems, but are answers to real questions not presentations of wishful thinking.

Anyone looking for something that their narrow mind requires to feel good, could feel disappointed because this book comes from simple, sky-like mind and such a vastness looking back at us from the mirror like teacher could unsettle your comfort zones.

A legendary publication reissues by Shambhala with addition of three more parts that make for a hefty volume. A must read for all that consider Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche work important.

Fundraising, asking for donations

Fundraising.

-Main goal here is to give people an idea that to ask for a material donation is perfectly fine. To take the stigma out of the idea.

And to be open, somehow it has spread into spiritual community, to pretend that we are super rich (even if we are not) or pretend that we are just pretending, not really serious, so we are not worth the support, at least here in USA.

After all it is possible that there is some one out there that has more then they think they need. And spiritual practitioners are often by definition are pretty inept in their material careers hehe

Thank you for reading!

Here is updated section on the fundraising as of April 13th 2016

http://www.choying.org/tag/fundraiser/

gofundme fundraiser: retreat

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https://www.gofundme.com/4v7tche8

If any of you considered fundraising before but never actually done too much. Consider your goal, if it is good you will feel good.

Then! There is a total amazing cherry on top, people that you feel great about already will reach out to you after years of no contact and send you a donation.

At this point you will go from good to great. For sure.

Thank you for remembering to actually click on things and add funds to this.

With dedication to the benefit of all.

gofundme: fundraiser

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In times past, in countries we can not imagine it was perfectly alright to become a person with primary interest in spiritual side of life and to be open to donations of material goods or monetary funds.

It came to the point where requesting donations has stigma attached to it a sense of shame of sorts.

It is my belief that all spiritual practitioners regardless of level of wealth they have should in some way spend some time asking for donations. To step over one’s imagined ego and to offer others an opportunity to give.

Lately it has become the opposite and strength of spiritual practitioners all too often is gaged by the monetary sucess they command, all too often in a cereer that requires very strong focus.

Our very own, historical Buddha has requested donations every day and is most often pictured with a begging bowl.
-We should do likewise, to at least emulate the great Buddha.

To find out about me personally, the level of my focus on spiritual or about things that I like, support, try to follow, feel free to visit my blog on Word Press, or a website that I started to promote idea of spiritual practitioners disconnecting from bee-hive like life of big cities and moving towards more rural areas, add me on facebook, or send me an e-mail.

Samsara – Blog

choying.org

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May this be all good, always.
With best regards,
-Alex