On the walls of this little Temple in Lhasa are instructions for the end of suffering. I am going to see if I can do it.
Mark Shefsiek stashed this in The happy Yogi(for now)
This little temple in Lhasa is called the Lukhang. In the late 1600s amazing inscriptions and murals were created describing the highest teachings of Tibetan Buddhism including a physical yoga called Trul Khor, or magical movements. I am a practitioner of Bon, the pre-Buddhist traditions that existed tens of thousands of years before Siddhartha Gautama sat under the Bodhi Tree. The teachings on the walls of this temple relate to the teachings given to me by my Bon Masters.
I am using the Lukhang as a symbol of my experiment for a few reasons. First, it was used by His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama to practice these arts. It did not go well for him. The powers at be were not fans of his yogas and life and he was executed. Secondly, these ways were nearly destroyed over the last three hundred years but a small group of us want to preserve them. Lastly on the wall, it claims a committed person can become enlightened in one lifetime.
This journal is to create a discussion of suffering, happiness and the happiness that is free from the duality of happiness and suffering.
2013, the year of the Snake or Naga (Lu in Tibetan, as in Lu Khang - home of the serpents) has been extremely difficult for me. The suffering has been great. I have vowed to practice to end suffering of all beings and want to share my experience of ending my own.
We will see if the advertised benefits are true. Maybe, this un happy yogi can achieve realization and help a few people on the way.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
What made you an unhappy yogi in the first place?
The only thing that matters --- my mind.
Why did your mind wander into that state?
I would like to say it is because my mother died three weeks ago, but I know it is much deeper than that. Before her death she was very ill and suffered. Before that was my devolving marriage. Before that difficult career choices. ....before that childhood injuries...before that past lives. So I think the real answer is that I am human and human life is typically a cycle of gain and loss, accomplishment failure, love and loss, life and death. Relatively speaking, I am doing great especially on the scale of 7 billion people, but the teachings say to seek happiness beyond the dualistic cycle that is conditioned by life and death. The question is if you lost everything dear to you would you still be happy? If you had three weeks to live and in pain, could you be filled with joy? The masters say it is possible. I believe it is possible but I have not seen it much less believe I could achieve it at this point. There are so many people that teach religion, meditation, yoga etc including myself that cannot positively answer those questions. I need to be confident in knowing I live what I teach and not just faking it and helping people be better but still stuck in the cycle. I cannot teach happiness if I know that I am not absolutely happy. So, I am going to try to document a method and see if it works.
I think it would be difficult for anyone to be happy if s/he lost everything dear to her or him.
I also think it would be difficult for anyone to be happy if s/he had three weeks to live and is in pain.
So, you're grappling with one of the most difficult things anyone could do.
Even having one major loss in my life set me back several years before I could move forward again.
So this is truly an thoughtful experiment you are doing.
How can you prepare for it?
The head teacher of a monastery told a friend if you commit to practice and follow a strict plan for many years and at the end you enter a long challenging solo retreat completely in the dark for 7 weeks. When you get out you meet with a realized teacher and then you will experience the understanding. He said if you try to cut corners it is just a mess. (Paraphrased). As you will see this is not going to work for me.
What prepares you for today was the sum total of all the yesterdays.
I will explain how the last five years led me here.