Ravings Of A Mild-mannered Maniac
Vajrayana is Art. We therefore see, hear, imagine, inhale, taste and feel the efflorescence of the senses as Art.
Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen
The authors explore vajra-romance as the living application and dynamism of the Nyi-da Mélong – a Dzogchen tantra from the cycle of visionary teachings of the enigmatic Nyingma ‘treasure discoverer’ Khyungchen Aro Lingma. The Nyi-da Mélong opens the door to those who are inspired to integrate every aspect of human life with spiritual practice and puts to rest the myth that celibacy holds any demonstrable spiritual advantage. Sexuality is portrayed as the pervasive stratum of the senses and sense-fields – and as such, the lifeblood of the creative arts. Although this teaching is common in its essential form to all Vajrayana traditions, it has never before been extrapolated in such detail with regard to how it is lived within romantic relationships. Here we find a vivid presentation of the practice of the Nyida Mélong, characteristic of the milieu of the mahasiddhas. The authors discuss in profound depth the spiritual vivacity of falling in love, perceptual intimacy, vajra-romance, non-dual passion, liberated lust, and the poignant possibility of remaining in love forever.
As both a painter and a musician, this anthology is painted with the cadences of language. Ngakpa Chögyam marvels at existence whilst lampooning sociopathic spirituality. As semantic Jazz, linguistic density jives with space, taking readers into realms where linear logic is simply another vector among many.
Comedy and tragedy dance, provoking a cascade of ecstatic, surrealistic impressionism that transcends with each reading. Rock & Roll lyrics sung by sky-dancers erupt in counterpoint to the paradoxical hymns and Blues-badinage of an English Lama who describes himself as a convivial vicar of vajrayana.
The poet is an enigmatic trans-Atlantic, transcultural, trans-gestalt, trans-milieu, transient; a mild-mannered maniac who raves tongue-in-cheek, on the nature of reality and the contrapuntalism of realization and delusion.
An experimental book and initial volume in a contemporary genre defined as "Critical Mass Poetics" by Ngakpa Chögyam (Ngak'chang Rinpoche).
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