Anthony,

By the way, Abushri was none other than the author Patrul Rinpoche
himself, I believe. In other words, the advice was from Patrul Rinpoche
to himself. This sort of advice appears to be common to most esoteric
paths.

Let us consider the usual esoteric spiritual, mystical or religious
paths, say:  Zen, Sufism, Vajrayana, Mahamudra, Maha Ati, Dzogchen, etc.

o  Do they all have the same ultimate objective, and what is it?

o Are the methods and practices recommended by these esotheric paths the
same or similar?

o Are the intermediate mind-states experienced on the different paths
the same or different?

o Are the various paths equivalent, but with different appeal to
different practitioners?

o Are the objectives of these paths compatible with the powerful,
intrinsic, Darwinian, 'survival-of-the-fittest' drives in human nature
as they have evolved in humans?  I think not.

The wisdom and power of exoteric Judaism, Christianity and Islam is
that, due to their Old Testament tribal roots, they respect the
intrinsic tribal nature of homo sapiens sapiens. And this explains why,
over the centuries, they have continually been and are at each other's
throats.

--ED

PS: Trungpa and Osho (Rajneesh) have been among the most profound
Eastern Teachers the West has been privileged to have - whether we were
aware of this truth or not.



--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Anthony Wu <wu...@...> wrote:

> Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was another genius. Very romantic. He never
concealed what he would like to do. I sort of like him.   > Anthony
   ED had posted:
Tantra: The Diamond Path   "LISTEN, ABUSHRI" by Dza Patrul Rinpoche
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrul_Rinpoche>  (1808-1887) Translated
by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche   You who enjoy the union of bliss and
emptiness Seated motionless on the lunar disc Above a beautiful hundred
petalled flower Radiant with white light, I pay homage to you the Divine
Guru, Vajrasattva.   Listen, Abushri, You miserable, daydreaming fool,
You remember how delusions Confused you in the past? Watch out for
delusions in the present, And don't lead a hypocritical life.   Stop
unnecessary speculations. You've made hundreds of plans Which never came
off And only led to disappointment. Unfinished acts are like The
overlapping action of the waves. Stay alone and stop Making your own
head spin.   You've studied hundreds of philosophies Without grasping
any of them. What's the point of further study? You've studied without
remembering Anything when you needed it. What's the point of
contemplation? Forget about your "meditation"! It doesn't seem to be The
Cure for conflicting emotions.   You may have recited the set number of
mantras But you still haven't mastered the concrete visualisations. You
may have mastered the concrete visualisations But you still haven't
loosened the grip of duality. You may have subdued apparent evils But
you still haven't tamed your ego.   Forget your set periods of
meditation And following an obsessive schedule. High and clear but not
letting go, Low and steady but lacking clarity, Penetrating insight but
only stabbing That's your meditation! Forget the stare of concentration
And the tethered mind.   Lectures sound interesting But they don't help
your mind. The logical mind seems sharp But it's really the seed of
confusion. Oral instruction sounds very profound But it doesn't help if
it isn't practised. Forget about browsing through books Which causes
distraction and eyestrain.   You bang your antique prayer-drum, But,
just for the novelty of playing (with) it. You offer up your body, But
in fact you're still attached to it. You play clear sounding cymbals But
your mind is heavy and dull. Forget about these tricks, Attractive
though they are.   Your disciples seem to be studying But they never
follow through; One day there's a glimmer of understanding, But the next
day it has gone. They learn one thing out of a hundred But they don't
retain even that. Forget these apparently fervent disciples!   One's
closest friend is full of love Today and indifferent tomorrow. He is
humble one minute and proud the next. The more one loves him the more
distant he becomes. Forget the dear friend who smiles Because the
friendship is still a novelty!   Your girlfriend puts on a smiling face
But who knows what she really feels? For one night of pleasure it's nine
months of heartache. You can spend a month trying to bed her and still
not succeed. It's really not worth all the scandal and gossip, So forget
about her.   Never-ending chatter stirs up likes and dislikes. It may be
amusing, and enjoyable But it's merely imitating the faults of others.
The listeners seem receptive But they may be critical at heart. It only
gives you a dry throat So forget about idle talk!   Preaching without
first-hand experience Of the subject is like dancing on books. The
audience way seem willing to listen But they're not really interested at
all. If you do not practise what you preach You'll be ashamed of it
sooner or later, So forget about hollow rhetoric!   When you haven't any
books You feel the need for them; When you have them you don't. It's
only a few pages But to copy them is endless. All the books in the world
Would give you no satisfaction, So forget about copying â€" Unless
you get a fee for it!   One day you're relaxed, The next you are tense.
You will never be happy If you're swayed by people's moods. Sometimes
they are pleasant But maybe not when you need them And you might be
disappointed. So forget about politeness and flattery!   Political and
religious activities Are only for gentlemen. That's not for you, my dear
boy. Remember the example of an old cow: She's content to sleep in a
barn. You have to eat, sleep and shit â€" That's unavoidable
â€" anything Beyond that is none of your business. Do what you have
to do And keep yourself to yourself.   You're as low as the lowest So
you ought to be humble. There's a whole hierarchy above you So stop
being proud. You shouldn't have too many close associates Because
differences would surely arise. Since you're not involved In religious
and political activities Don't make demands on yourself. Give up
everything, that's the point!   This Teaching is given by Yogi Trime
Lodrö from his own experience to his dear friend Abushri. Do
practise it, although there is nothing to practise. Give up everything
â€" that's the whole point. Don't get angry with yourself even if
you can't practise the Dharma.   Source: 'The Essential Chogyam
Trungpa', Shambala, pp 153 - 156 

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