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James reappears, fakirs, spiritual paths, and…the Dalai lama’s….

March 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

James reappears

Thanks for your comment, I was worried, and also wary that someone might actually try my ‘meditation retreat’ suggestion, which was a bad one, since 1. I don’t do retreats (I am not a guru), and 2. I didn’t describe the situation referred to, which was far too severe to induce meditative states.

As to fakirs, much of the spirituality of Sufism was done among beggars, wanderers, and in situations modern surburbanites would find not to their liking (including jihadic battlefield situations of a harrowing nature). But then again difficult situations are often counterproductive to development, so who can say. I am not a sufi, nor do I have a ‘spiritual path’, so my remarks, actually, were misleading. But fakirs are fakirs, wanderers, homeless persons, and ‘idiots’ at the next to last stop.

If you can eat garbage and ride freightrains you can survive handily in a dynamic economy like the American. It can be tremendously relaxing to suddenly stand outside the economic system, outside of its pressure, it is a miniature enlightenment in itself to suddenly see your ‘robot motivator’ unhooked from the social machine.
But such liberations are brief, and there is no real ‘outside the system’, so courting the outsider’s existence is not, as such, the answer to anything. The hobo’s path tends to be downhill.
The classic buddhists, one should note, did court outsider status, and did so systematically, ritually, and quite practically, as a group exercise. Beggars bowls and world renunciation. In that form the outside path chugged uphill.
But it is better to never imitate anyone, so I will file away these autobiographical details.

Here’s a link to some photographs to the Dalai Lama’s residence: Dalai Lama’s excessively ritzy crash pad with a superficial spiritual decor.

I feel compassion for the Dalai Lama: he is the victim of events, and as a reborn boddhissattwa he starts life from scratch, like every other honest joe. Recovering the starting point you once achieved can be difficult, let alone advancing from that, and for a high lama, maybe impossible: caught up in politics. That’s the catch in Tibetan lama system, perhaps. How would I know? Just some thoughts, or worries at the Tibet disaster.

I say this because Tibetans are having a problem and they don’t seem to be able to proceed in a practical fashion towards resolving the Tibetan problem.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Mar 31, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    It won’t be voluntary. To put it subtly, I’m getting an a*s-kicking in the current economic meltdown. Maybe the deity wanted to give me a little nudge.

  • 2 nemo // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Sorry to hear it. Is there anything that can be said here that is germane to the issue?

  • 3 sillykitty // Apr 2, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    prayers, love and light to you, stranger and fellow-traveller.

    ‘the son of man hath no place to lay his head,’ is a beautiful statement psycho-spiritual homelessness here…but NOT necessary to live it out on the pavement if that is not your choice! i know right now that you have AMPLE the good character and good fortune to maintain a roof over your head and enough food in your belly, if that is in fact what you choose. and if it is what you choose, then choose it LOUDLY enough to mote it be.

  • 4 sillykitty // Apr 2, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    why picking on the dalai lama? should he be homeless too? will there be a bashing the dalai lama book like hitchen’s, bashing mother theresa book? is there any REAL complaint against dalai lama? if so, let’s here it. if not, for god’s sake, leave him be. we are not long on heroes in this world.

    is only poverty and hunger spiritual? BAH! that is old paradigm nonsense. let’s pray for enlightened people with lots of MONEY. why not? i don’t see the problem. i would imagine that dl and other enlightened bodhisattvas with a lot of cash, are probably pretty philanthropic with it? no?

  • 5 James // Apr 4, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Is there anything that can be said here that is germane to the issue?”

    No…There is no point in ranting.


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