The Joy of Where We Are Right Now
So, lately I’ve been reading books from Tibetan Buddhism, Dzogchen, Tantra, Kundalini, etc… and one common thread that I’ve found is that a teacher doesn’t teach people techniques that they aren’t ready for. They require that the student continues with the current teaching until it is mastered and then they can learn a more advanced technique.
There’s some part of my modern mind that has fought against this idea. I would like to go to the most advanced practice and perhaps speed up the process. There is something in my head that thinks that the advanced practice will work faster and be more effective than the earlier practices… so why not just go there first?
I also had some kind of idea that there were times when these teachings were being withheld from the students as some kind of guru-ego trip. So, the rebellious part of me rises up and says “I can do it! Don’t withhold it from me!”
But I’m realizing that none of this is true.
It isn’t that we can’t do the “advanced” practices. We can go through the motions no problem. The point is that we won’t get anything out of them. We won’t have the experiences that these practices are meant to invoke because our minds, psyches and bodies aren’t prepared for them yet.
Storms Obscure a Hummingbird’s Wings
Last Monday, we studied a verse from the Radiance Sutras about listening to the primal sound of the Universe. We were asked to listen to the sound within our heart centre (anahat). The challenge is that anahat means “unstruck chord”. This is the sound that exists in the universe without anything being struck like hitting a drum or a cymbal. It is listening to the hum of the universe all around us. (You can listen to the class HERE).
This would be considered a more advanced practice because first we must ensure that our mind is quiet. If we have arguments raging in our mind, this will be all that we can hear. If we are berating ourselves for something, this will take precedence over anything else.
If we are in this state, how frustrating would it be for a teacher to ask us to quieten our minds to listen to the sound that…