Bhikkhu Yogavacara Rahula turned away from his unsafe indulgences at the right age by discovering the truth at the right time with the right teachers. "One Night's Shelter" illustrates how this dramatic but gradual change took place.
Abbot, Bhavana Meditation Society
This first part is characterized by following the crowd, self-centeredness, and living out my fantasies. The second part traces the beginning of a conscious search for self understanding and Truth -- the journey of gradual spiritual awakening, characterized by intense introspection and struggling against the ego's old habits. The book ends with my ordination as a novice [Theravada] Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka...
Out of necessity for understanding what my mind was going through much about the Buddhist and Yoga philosophy that I was learning and practicing has been explained. Some of it may sound a bit heavy especially for the readers without any prior background or serious interest in what is called the Dhamma (Eastern spiritual teachings)...
Chapter 1: Growing Up
- Above: Buddha and tzotchky divinities in window (Hawke-in-flight/Flickr.com). Below: Buddha statute (Indiaaaaaaaaaaaaa/Flickr.cm)
My parents also bought me a car on my sixteenth birthday, a black 1954 Ford panel
It stood out like a sore thumb above the others and I was intrigued by it. It seemed to be silently saying something to me. At that time, however, I did not know that it was specifically a Buddha statue. But its demeanor and tranquil look, sitting there above the riot of color and gaudy pottery was such a contrast that I bought it and took it home.
*LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is one of the major drugs making up the hallucinogen class. LSD was discovered in 1938 and is one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals. It is manufactured from lysergic acid, which is found inergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains.