Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Traveller in Space, In search of female identity in Tibetan Buddhism

Traveller in Space, In search of female identity in Tibetan Buddhism by June Campbell.

June Campbell, when I first met her June was interpreter for Kalu Rinpoche who accompanied him on his world tour. I personally have a deep connection with Kalu Rinpoche as he was the Lama with whom I took refuge and was given the Tibetan name Karma Yeshey Dargye. ( much the same as being christened ) from then on I have followed the teachings of Buddha, philosophy and meditational practices. My name means:- growth of transcending awareness..... it remains to be seen.

Kalu Rinpoche wearing a Gampopa hat.

This is the setting. June's book reveals aspects of tantric practices and her association with her Lama.

June is 3rd from the right.
Take a look
A reviewer,
This is one of the best books I've ever read! It's a historyof the evolution of thinking. It focuses on the ways thinking has been manipulated, for example, by Tibetan Buddhists to be anti female, to be rigid, limited and fearful.It covers a wide range of time, thousands of years before Buddhism arose as a thinking style as well as the Tibetan version of Buddhism...June Campbell is not only scholar whose meticulous research shines through each sentance of the book but her real life experience studying with Tibetan lamas for 20 years gives deep insight into the reality of Tibetan Buddhism. Having been Tibetan Buddhist myself for 25 years, I can honestly say that Traveller In Space is an exceptionally clear book about how Tibetan Buddhism is actually taught,the core attitudes of Tibetan lamas, as well as serious misunderstandings Tibetan lamas have about human relationships and why. Many of the Tibetan teachers have become unethical and the author has the courage to gently reveal the truth. In the end Traveller In Space left me feeling more in touch with the truth that authentic spiritual awakening cannot be conveyed in the traditional Tibetan atmosphere...I believe the point Ms. Campbell is making is that being truly fulfilled as a human, means becoming more at one with the "spacious",unconstucted aspects of one's being.

Kalu Rinpoche.
His Eminence the Ven. Kalu Rinpoche Meditation Master of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu Lineages passed into Paranivana at his monastery Samdrub Darjay Choling on May 10 1989. One of the greatest Buddhist Teachers of our time was highly respected and loved by countless beings that I had the great fortunate to meet and receive empowerments and teachings from this Extraordinary Saint. From his humble birth in a remote location in eastern Tibet his enlightened activity brought benefit to countless beings. His heart son Bokar Rinpoche wrote about Kalu Rinpoche "The gentleness of his being, the pervasiveness of his kindness, the brilliance of his wisdom and the irresistibly of his sense of humour has touched hearts in every part of the world".
Traveller in Space: In Search of Female Identity in Tibetan Buddhism

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