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 strength or working water... suggestions to the US s so much prestigious litigation enterprise, hurtling around the skies in a leased jet to place out criminal brushfires, with billions of greenbacks at stake... A reincarnate Lama swathed in maroon and gold gowns atop a throne of honor amidst millions of priests in an impressive 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 middle 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 to this point, and his wry, sharp, and candid reflections on existence, 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 instances. - Moke Mokotoff, Zangdokpalri Foundation

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

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

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This practice involves a detailed visualization of purifying all of one’s physical, verbal and mental impurities. Tulku Urgyen’s approach was to perform even this practice without complexity, simply by remaining within the state of recognition of the essence of mind while visualizing and reciting. How amazing! In all my life, I have never entertained a moment of doubt that Tulku Urgyen is Guru Rinpoche, the wellspring of Tibetan Buddhism, in person—so precious were the gifts of his presence, and pointing out instructions introducing the nature of mind.

He was admitted to a hospital to undergo psychiatric observation, and soon released. Meanwhile, after idling away a year at junior college in Montreal, I began study at Vassar College in the fall of 1979. Everything then unfolded very fast. At his father’s insistence, Andrew was to be re-admitted to the psychiatric wing of the Jewish General Hospital for ob-servation. The night before his admission, we had a remarkable and foreboding conversation, as he blurted out that he cared for me most in the universe.

So how is fixing such a finite horizon more practical than setting no limit? Both are eminently impractical, when it comes down to it. But it never occurred to me that my goal was, or should be, practical. My one solace through those teen-aged years was a friendship with Andrew Jerassy. He was brash, handsome, and just as smart and disgusted as I was. We made the discovery of the true nature of life and death a team project for several years. We pored through the syllabi of many top universities to piece together a curriculum (mostly biology and chemistry courses) that would place us at the vanguard of life extension technologies, so that we wouldn’t run out of time to figure things out in this very life.

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