Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Yogis of Tibet" (film)

Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Jeffrey Pill (video); Ayya Khema (book)
The fabled land of Tibet, with Lhasa its capital and Potala Palace its heart (
() For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan Buddhist monks (yogis and lamas) agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices. They do this to preserve an extraordinary culture being eradicated. Directed by Jeffrey M. Pill.
Himalayan Buddhist flags (Bhakti Omwoods)
Once upon a time in Tibet, when people followed the ancient Indian ascetic practices (of the Buddha and the Brahmins) prevalent on the subcontinent below, there were real-life mystics and magicians. Magic and Mystery in Tibet was an early western title by Alexandra David-Neel, embroidered and exaggerated to boost sales. But it hinted at the perplexity of what was possible in the Himalayan wilds, in the isolated home of seers (rishis), Bon wizards, partial shamans, and Buddhist wanderers. It is famously said, "Not all who wander are lost." While the austerities and mortifications once prevalent in Tibet may have reached extremes beyond the Buddha's "sane asceticism" (dhutanga), it produced and kept alive many of the feats that set Indian spirituality apart. This eventuality of taking secrets out into the world beyond the Himalayas did not come entirely as a surprise.
There was a prophecy that said, "When the Iron Bird Flies," the title of Western Theravada nun and meditation master Ayya Khema's book, "the Dharma [Buddhism] would reach the West." Like many Native American prophecies, we do not realize that they have come true until we look back on them. The "iron birds" were planes in the Age of Flight a time when we also re-entered the secret Space Age. The ages are cyclical. This is not the first time earthlings have flown in metal "birds." The long-lived devas remind us, and we can develop the capacity to look back to verify it. The bigger question is, What will we do with the liberating Dharma?

1 comment:

Donny Duke (editor) said...

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Catch the Wind
(a poem about Jason Russell of Invisible Children on the occasion of his reactionary psychosis after his Kony 2012 video went viral)

Useless lawyer waste of people
Mrs. Spring.
And they tease you.
Can you hold your hand out
With the world wind some
With the run of your life?
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Your poetic form is finished.
Boring daddy
Hear you play their thoughts.
Go back to work.
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So much bigger than me.
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Your country a track record
Gettin’ into our country.
You can say anything.
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No response.
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Mass movement organization,
Experienced donations so far.
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Fresh start,
I will always almost happen.
And you fold the world.

Anonymous, mysterious
(Let me get my glasses.
That’s strange.)
We talk to you
Earth activated.
Look at your gymnastics.
Wide horses,
It is good to see yah.
That’s right on
The movie
We Have a World in View.
Pardon me,
What does it mean to yah?
All of it sink in?
Tryin’ to explain to yah
A whole wide world
As much as you can
You don’t stop and think
How many are in movements.
All of that’s threatening you.
There remains something important
Over there
Would benefit your discovery program:
Hear what we think
All the time.
Find the key inside.
Have you been in bed before?
And you’re layin’ there in their scrap,
Who’ve you’ve crossed their minds.
Their hands
Definitely on this.
I’m talkin’ about
A mural
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Tasted enemy.
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Know what I mean?

A rising forward movement
In which hundreds connected with deep were slain.
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Examine ideas,
If you let me
Give you something to do.
Sterling Abbot
Your wife’s concentration,
Another wife
You’re gonna live
In the very bones of yourself.
This is not flesh and blood.
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Of ruling ideas
And guarding passions.
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Ruling passions can be difficult
I understand.
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In making a very sharp objection
Present myself.
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Just a truthful father shooting.
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I throw it off.
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Even flying the hammer and sickle you find me.
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Where you put your feet,
What you stand on.
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In our rosebushes.
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Is a door:
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You pick ole Major Warrant,
The simplicity minor that was just talkin’ to yah.
Not him.
Deny it –
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Runnin’ through a whole population.
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They got manifestors runnin’ around.
Not everybody tweaks.
You’re no good:
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Shut the door.
The article
Won’t come out in your paper will it?
If it don’t
Your foolish pride
In front of
[the poem continues in the next comment]