POETRY THE ‘FIRE-SPARK’ OF A BURNING HEART. Tibetan poetry and translation in Tibet and exile, remembering Tibetan poet, Chen Metak and new tribute poem “Stoked with Love”

“Some have arranged two masks,When sporting the black one, they walk in great humilityWhile wearing the white one, they walk dragging their whips behind." --Excerpt from “Strange World” poem by Chen Metak “An artist, if s/he’s unselfish and passionate, is always a living protest. Just to open his mouth is to protest: against conformism, against… Continue reading POETRY THE ‘FIRE-SPARK’ OF A BURNING HEART. Tibetan poetry and translation in Tibet and exile, remembering Tibetan poet, Chen Metak and new tribute poem “Stoked with Love”

PLAYFUL PRACTITIONERS OR MINDLESS MISOGYNISTS? THE ‘ARTS OF LOVE’ OR ‘ARTS OF ‘A**HOLERY’? The question of sexist double standards, silent women and two Tibetan Buddhist male ‘heroes’, Gendun Chophel and Drugpa Kunley

"Pay no respect to mean Lamas, Pay no respect to immoral monks, Pay no respect to dogs, crows or women: That is the teaching on the Three Rejects."― Drugpa Kunley  "Because of my lowly status and state of poverty, I was reviled and abused by practically everyone. So—although I had the capacity to reveal profound… Continue reading PLAYFUL PRACTITIONERS OR MINDLESS MISOGYNISTS? THE ‘ARTS OF LOVE’ OR ‘ARTS OF ‘A**HOLERY’? The question of sexist double standards, silent women and two Tibetan Buddhist male ‘heroes’, Gendun Chophel and Drugpa Kunley

‘PRACTISING WHAT YOU PREACH AND TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK’: TRANSFORMING OTHERS’ NEGATIVITY INTO VIRTUE. The 8th Karmapa’s extraordinary way of responding to ‘harm-doers’, the amazing qualities of the Karmapas and the importance of non-bias and unity (17th Karmapa, Spring Teachings Day 4)

“When others unreasonably repaid kindness with harm,I’d think, “May the results all ripen on me,To never be experienced by this person,”And dedicated all the virtue to them.I think of this as one of my good deeds.” --8th Karmapa, 12th Verse from ‘Good Deeds’ "'The downtrodden worry about their own suffering, but noble beings worry about… Continue reading ‘PRACTISING WHAT YOU PREACH AND TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK’: TRANSFORMING OTHERS’ NEGATIVITY INTO VIRTUE. The 8th Karmapa’s extraordinary way of responding to ‘harm-doers’, the amazing qualities of the Karmapas and the importance of non-bias and unity (17th Karmapa, Spring Teachings Day 4)