“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Are You Experienced?

Reggie Ray turned me into a Buddhist. Well I was a meditator already but he performed the refuge ceremony, at a winter retreat in the Rockies in January 1997. There was six feet of snow.

Reggie emphasizes the emptiness aspect, while Pema Chödron (another Trungpa student of yore and my friend Alan's meditation instructor of yore) emphasizes the compassion aspect. In a very physical way.

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