A Path Strewn with Flowers and Bones by Tulku Sherdor

By Tulku Sherdor

An emaciated yogi spending years in remoted retreat cabins in chilly northern climes, frequently with out electrical energy or operating water... guidance to the United States s so much prestigious litigation company, hurtling around the skies in a leased jet to place out felony brushfires, with billions of greenbacks at stake... A reincarnate Lama swathed in maroon and gold gowns atop a throne of honor amidst hundreds of thousands of priests 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 impressive lifestyles 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 actual nature.

A tender-hearted compliment and elegy to the nice Tibetan Buddhist masters of our occasions. - Moke Mokotoff, Zangdokpalri Foundation

An enjoyable and unique paintings of literature by means of a well known western Lama within the Tibetan Buddhist culture, hailed as "deeply relocating and ... remarkably good written." --Erik Pema Kunsang, Rangjung Yeshe

"The brilliant tales rank correct up there with these in Blazing beauty, the memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche." -Lama Surya Das, Dzogchen beginning

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Here is a simple truth about meditation: it is not, at heart, about sustaining this or that state of mind, at the expense of all others, or of shutting out the world. Rather, it evokes and nurtures a fundamental quality of awareness which we all possess, but which all too easily is obscured under a thick cloud of habitual, mental tendencies. The difference, therefore, between the experience of a person who has not yet begun to train in meditation practice, and one who has made real headway in that training, can be as stark as the difference between a person who is lying prone on a bed late at night, wholly absorbed in a dream state, never questioning its illogic, never conceiving that the people and places glimpsed in shifting night-time landscapes are intangible projections of memory and longing, of habit and imagination; and a person, awake, sitting by the side of the first person’s bed, watching him dream as his eyelids flutter.

Ani Maya, her sister Ani Jnanatara, and the other nuns were always very kind; the small, tight-knit band of western students, Erik excepted, often less so. Still, whether hiking up the hillside past Shivapuri to sit with a panoramic view of the Helumbu range on one side and the Kathmandu valley on the other, or on that cement ring around that solitary tree, to me it was paradise on earth. That is what “Nagi” means—a beautiful place to stay. One day, I came out of a meditation session just as the sun was setting over the valley.

Someone rang a gong to signal the start of a new session of sitting meditation, and the resonance of the gong struck up a sympathetic chord with a knot of tightness in my own heart to which I had never before been fully attuned. It was as if I had been clenching something so tightly, for so long, in the center of my chest, in the center of my mind, that it had somehow never dawned on me, until that moment, that I could simply release it, and stop holding on. The knot unfurled in that fresh silence, and when it had opened, I was gone with it.

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