Just before the holidays, we were very lucky to have Lama Jampa Thaye pay us a visit here in the office. It was a very nice meeting and he is a very likeable and tremendously knowledgeable lama. Among the many topics discussed (everything from Gandharan scrolls to climate change to the history of the Karmapas to Bob Dylan) was the idea of having him be a guest blogger here; an idea of which luckily has come to fruition quickly and with ease. Hopefully this guest post will be the first of many.
Sometimes it seems like everything is broken; everywhere you look there’s nothing to rely on any more. Between countries there are broken treaties; between people there are broken vows. Politicians break their word and preachers break the golden rule. In matters of love the holy kiss, that was supposed to last for eternity, is forgotten the morning after and, in matters of dharma, the wise men you trusted only wanted to capture your soul and hold it for ransom.
Actually, it’s not really what’s broken outside that’s the problem; it’s what’s broken inside. We are broken and we cannot trust ourselves anymore to be true to anything or anybody. We have no stability of mind or constancy of purpose. Instead we are so fickle that we are like a monkey jumping from tree to tree, grabbing first one thing, then another, in a ceaseless search for novelty.