By Tulku Sherdor
An emaciated yogi spending years in remoted retreat cabins in chilly northern climes, usually with no electrical energy or working water... counsel to the US s such a lot 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 clergymen in a powerful temple within the distant Tibetan hinterland of Golog... A Human Rights activist suffering to loose 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 thus far, and his wry, sharp, and candid reflections on lifestyles, loss of life, rebirth, and that which nor is born nor dies our real nature.
A tender-hearted compliment and elegy to the good Tibetan Buddhist masters of our instances. - Moke Mokotoff, Zangdokpalri Foundation
An pleasing and unique paintings of literature by way of a widely known western Lama within the Tibetan Buddhist culture, hailed as "deeply relocating and ... remarkably good written." --Erik Pema Kunsang, Rangjung Yeshe
"The fantastic tales rank correct up there with these in Blazing attractiveness, the memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche." -Lama Surya Das, Dzogchen starting place
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Extra resources for A Path Strewn with Flowers and Bones
It seemed surreal. The sudden transition from no electricity, no toilets (flush or non-flush), no reliably clean food or water, and little protection from the elements—in other words, from how the majority of human beings on the planet lived at that time and still live today—to the luxurious and sheltered life of an American liberal arts college student, both lent an air of unreality to the campus, and generated no small measure of reverse culture shock. 95 grade point average, despite my late start.
One day I began to read a little-known volume of essays by Edgar Allan Poe. The final essay, entitled “Eureka,” expressed Poe’s dawning understanding, in the twilight of his life, that the universe itself is a vehicle for the progressive awakening of fundamental self-awareness. As I read this lengthy essay, something at the core of my own being began to awaken, stir, and shift. I entered a state of concentration and lucidity that increased with each page turned, and ordinary discursive thinking ceased.
Moreover, if, indeed, spiritual practice works to refine one’s awareness, such that one is inclined to be less engrossed in the immediacy of mental images and physical sense perceptions, then quite naturally one will find it easier to see through the dense thicket of psychological and environmental conditioning in one’s next life, and seek to pursue further spiritual growth. In short, what I am suggesting is that I was to leap from Herzliah High School to the heights of the Himalayas in one great bound, when I was nineteen years old, because the latter by far provided me with a deeper sense of familiarity and refuge.