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

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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.

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 _/\_

 

 

Contemplations on “Fragile Ego” 1st part

Contemplations on “Fragile Ego” 1st part

Summation: Do not be ashamed to be confused on the path as a student, clarify your confusion instead. Do not be aloof towards student as a teacher, connect to accept responsibility and explain things correctly or leave the room.

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There is an interesting phenomena out there.

In this age of freedom of information when one can buy any book on amazon and if that desired book is published as restricted, one can bypass the amazon altogether and download a PDF, if one desires.

In this age ideas and their validity have some chance to be established.

Without doubt all understanding is always based on each person’s background, their level of readiness so to speak.

A metaphorical idea in this is that if we assume for there to be several languages out there, in order to read in other then your native language you need to know that other language already.

And in that way to be prepared to engage with the ideas.

This works as an example very well when words in a way of language get translated but ideas remain challenging and require work in understanding.

And so we have two interesting directions in regards to where it all is going when some one is “looking in”.

Let’s make a mixture of where we land if we put together law of cause and effect, the karma then Christian based spirituality and Buddhist spirituality.

Within Buddhism we do have very expedient path of what some call a “short cut” of Vajrayana, expedient path of liberation in one life.

However easy this path may seem for the whole thing to take off just right every little component has to be in place and perfectly aligned with the rest.

Comparing basic Buddhist practice to walking along the road, path of Vajrayana is alike a launch of a space mission which has a chance of total complete failure at any stage.

And so as Buddhist when we are so well aware of the karma it can be really very positive to say understand ideas offered in many public talks by masters of high profile.

These go along these lines: “One does not need to convert to Buddhism” so to speak, it is more important to have a good heart. Which has a perfect result of assisting anyone on that path in their efforts of accumulating good karma.

If taken with aspiration to liberate or just follow Buddhism, that too should without doubt arrive at the right time.

As all results are based on causes and anything can arise, the wish to enter path of liberation is a direct cause to going in just such a direction.

Above advise becomes actual skillful means. – Have a Good Heart.

Then however we have a more interesting direction which has no relationship to maturation of the students. It is feeling of possessiveness in regards to the teachings.

Feeling that one has developed an understanding because of long and what is often said “arduous” study.

There is expectation of respect of sorts. Now should it be too pointless to point to the obvious. This is why so much discord and frustration takes place all too often in western spiritual circles.

Westerners in their naïveté demand something genuine in any degree, but that is well liked.

Some like it only if it is confirming, some like it when it very manicured.

But in the quest to find something outside that is “all that” one of the interesting clashes takes place when a spiritual guide does not seem to offer much in return for high throne, prostrations, donations or any degree of aloofness.

Now we arrive at the next step relevant to the followers of Buddhism that are in one way or the other on Vajrayana path already.

This point I am about to make is the reason why this article is written in fact.

We do get at times public message that if one is to enter or in some way to study “Highest” parts of Vajrayana or Dzogchen / Mahamudra doctrines one is likely to become confused.

There are so many points I can make about that!

In a lighter way of half joking we all at some point confused left and right direction at one or another situation in our life.

And this knowledge is very forcefully imposed onto our lives since early childhood. In most cases nothing new.

So, it is not really in any way shameful to attempt to try to get it right, right hand, left hand, right turn, left turn.

It is assumed that it is normal to work through that type of confusion all in order to “keep going”.

How come we are expected not to have any confusion on the spiritual path? Or are expected not to work with it?

Great master Longchenpa said that all spiritual traditions that teach beings right from wrong are of benefit.

And remembering that we should always quite simply try to find “our way” no matter how confused we may be or appear to others.

There is no shame in trying to find the way, there is a possibility for finding shame in giving up.

And so, if some one who is credentialed does not offer direct instruction traditional or from experience but rather points out that you are possibly confused for likely walking the path, well this is just unhelpful arrogance.

Second point that is more serious and related directly to the actual higher vehicles is that there is necessity of study, yes.

However the very entrance into the path is some one in the role of the spiritual master leading by example, no more no less.

That very idea of some one there, that idea or a personification of idea in fact is very traditional. And one of important points for why it is there is so that confusion could be clarified into wisdom.

Unmistakably on every step of the way as much as possible.

That person is not there merely to: “pull rank” but rather they are the “responsible adult in the room”, taking care that you come out on the other end without becoming sidetracked.

And if one were to put effort into application of any direct advice received then it is clearly seen as primary to any other possible study, because it illuminates the confusion to dawn as wisdom for that person, right there, at that time.

Third Drubwang Penor Rinpoche anniversary

Third Drubwang Penor Rinpoche passed away in India which makes it interesting in calendar terms. In India it was 28th of March and in USA it was still 27th. Then because Penor Rinpoche was most important master for Tibetans there is Tibetan Calendar that can be used, it uses phases of the moon, according to lunar calendar it is 2nd month, 1st day. 1st day of 2nd month in 2019 coincides with April 6th. And this year it is 10 years ago.

I was very fortunate to meet Rinpoche in person for five years in a row and to receive life changing instructions from. Looking back I feel strange nostalgia come over, it was time before social media and before “selfies” could be taken with others. People did take pictures and I remember that I owned digital camera but seldom used it.carmel_ny

Selfishly every time meeting Rinpoche privately, in a group or during ceremonies was about my best attempts to “just be there”. Needless to say i failed at many picture ops.

Here is a picture that a friend took during Chenrezig Empowerment at Grand Chinese temple in Carmel NY, in 2006. Khenchen Rinpoche can be seen on the left side of the picture as well.

Guru Rinpoche in today’s art

Guru Rinpoche if approached with a degree of knowing is immediately understood as one of the most influential masters that ever lived. The sphere of influence and time frame during which it took place (not counting the fact that it perfectly continues to this very day) of Guru Rinpoche is enormous and engulfs most of today’s historic Buddhist regions in one way or the other and at one time or the other.

With understanding that what we call Himalayan or more often Tibetan Buddhism is only possible because it was indeed single handedly established for generations to come by non other then Guru Rinpoche. With that we see how Guru Rinpoche legacy reaches into Europe and America of 21st century as important and dominant spiritual tradition of today. Some thousand years later to the fact of historical time line of Guru Rinpoche visit to Tibet.21st_guru_rinpoche02

This much is clear Guru Rinpoche is here, with us, today and in many forms.

There is little doubt that Guru Rinpoche was not the one that practiced acception or rejection all the while perfectly unveiling the spiritual path to all of his students. Guru Rinpoche clearly was not into dogmatic rituals, yet he perfectly transmitted Rituals. There are quotations from the master that tell us things like this: If one were to receive such and such instruction it is possible to awaken then and there, or within a practice retreat of several moths, a year, twelve years, during bardo, next life time, within 3 lifetimes thereafter. From that there is no was to misunderstand the potency of instructions that can be had and it is clear that application right where one is, in that time and space, all that matters. Our capacity to follow through that is all that differs from case to case. And so based on that we can encounter some slight feel of lightly calcified situation, a little bit of dogmatic approach. Which is nothing that is ever found in the teachings but rather is due to our rational mind organizing doctrine of liberation from bounds of Samsara into a system of knowledge rich with concept. Much alike famous “stone tablets”

Let’s bring Guru Rinpoche more into our hears, into our popular culture, into things we know and live in today.21st_guru_rinpoche01

I am a big fan of impressionist and post impressionist European painting and here is a picture that in some way is meant to bring famous Ngadama image into that frame of understanding, into that technique. It does not mean that I would ever think that traditional Thangka Painting should change at all and this picture is not even meant to be of same magnitude as to be meditated upon as a support for visualization. It’s just my own personal small attempt to use a piece of modern art and representing something that I am working on still making my own in any small way. The legacy of great master.