A New Beginning

Hello All,

This is Kiran Shila, Lucjan’s son, and I am writing a final post for my father’s blog. It pains me to say this, but my father has passed away today peacefully in his sleep. This blog among others will stand as a testament to his memory, his wisdom, and his legacy. Thank you readers, I hope he inspired you as much as he inspired me.

Om

Kiran

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Mistaken Identity

Young Spartans Exercising

Young Spartans Exercising

With even a small degree of observation it appears obvious that people share a common, compulsive and insidious tendency to socialize. The sensitive observer will perhaps also notice that churches, synagogues, ashrams, yoga studios and dharma centers seem to be particularly attractive venues for socializing. Continue reading

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The Parakalein

Chiron instructing Achilles in the art of drawing the bow

Chiron instructing Achilles in the art of drawing the bow

Over, under, around and through.
mepa, chigpu, chelwa, lhundrup

There is a thread of truth that runs through all the various spiritual teachings of this world. The endless bolts of exquisite brocade called Buddha Dharma display an infinite interweaving of that single thread in such a perfusion of meaningful patterns that liberating relevance can be found by all living beings. Continue reading

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Academic Limits

sailboat

There are fundamentally three factors which act together in the actuality of something. The first two factors must interact in opposition while the third mediates. This is like the principle of a sailboat. The wind and the resistance of the sail are in opposition. If the vessel is unmanned, it will only go where wind and tides capriciously dictate. But when a pilot holds on to the tiller and controls the rudder, using strength to keep it steady, specific directions and destinations become possible.
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The Sharpest Part of the Knife

The sharpest part of a knife is where the honed cutting side meets the infinity of space in non-dual actuality.

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Whispered Light

realisticpadma

The New Age Movement was launched by Jane Robert’s channeling of the entity, Seth, who emphatically declared that “You create your own reality”. Upon hearing about the popularity of this channeled message, Ronald R. (my gentle mentor) began lamenting what he was certain would be the rapid disappearance of whatever little remained of esoteric spiritual schools. At that time I was conversely noticing what appeared to me to be the virtual explosion of such schools everywhere. Continue reading

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Not Lily, nor Cloud, nor Worm, nor Clay

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Does the Eagle know what is in the pit?
Or wilt thou go ask the Mole:
Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod?
Or Love in a golden bowl?

                                     — William Blake

 

As mentioned in a previous post, it can be useful to recognize that there are two Buddhisms. One Buddhism is the practical codification, organization and institution of teachings, teachers and students as a human sociological phenomenon. The other Buddhism is the self-perfected, self-optimizing radiance of our own essential, individual Being. Continue reading

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