Milarepa is an account of a great Yogi Sage, Jetsun Milarepa.
What I loved the most about the book, similar to the Bhagavad Gita, was the multiple connections to life today. Yep.
For instance, there is a part in the story where Milarepa is asked by his Guru to build a house on a particular piece of land. Well, Milarepa did as he was told. And?
Milarepa’s Guru came to inspect the work, and although the work was fine, the Guru said, hm, nope that’s not quite right. You’ll need to pull that entire structure down, and start again over yonder. Wow.
Well, this happened 9 times. Yep. 9. What’s the point? Hm.
Think about life. How many times has life said to you, nope, that’s not quite right, try again? Yep, of course. Me too.
That’s what life’s about. Creating, acting, learning, growing, and loving, with both our minds and hearts.
Milarepa’s Guru was teaching him persistence, discipline, and about the trials and tribulations of being a human being on this planet; and, the compassion and grace we all need, both for ourselves and for each other. Important.
The Dalai Lama
Right, so the next book is Dalai Lama, My Son: A Mother’s Autobiography. It is good so far. Very interesting, well written, and, of what I’ve reads thus far, a wonderful historical account of Diki Tsering, the Dalai Lama’s mother’s, upbringing.
Now, the reason I brought this book up is this, ready?
So, I start reading the book a couple of nights ago, and it occurs to me to watch a little television. And?
I turn on the television, and guess what show comes up first? Ha! Watch.
Check that out! Fun.
Anyway, so I watch the documentary, and it is wonderful. You can find it on Peace Jam. What’s it about?
Well, essentially, it is about conversations that scientists and the Dalai Lama have been conducting for over 30 years. It is a fun exploration and comparison of what is termed in the documentary as Western Science and as Buddhist Science.
I’ve always known, and have read quite a bit about the similarities between things that happen in laboratories experimenting with quantum physics, and the body-mind laboratory experimenting with deep meditation.
I have, however, developed a whole new level of experiential knowledge in the latter area over the past three years, so the documentary was even more fascinating.
I had a blast writing the two social construction installments this week.