The Dragonfly Sutra
§ On the occasion of recording the talk, Benefits of the Dragonfly Sutra, accessible to visitors, I am revising this landing page for more clarity and simplicity.
In this talk I refer to my friend Richard Lair who now lives in Thailand near the Burmese border (Chang Mai). Some of you may recall that name from my account of encountering a living Bodhisattva in the manifestation of a Cambodian girl near Angkor Wat in October 1965. Years later, I realized that it was the Organic Light I saw at that moment, streaming from her brow like liquid ivory. Lair was with me on that occasion and participated in what I saw.
The YT channel TheBlueElvis showcases the Thai Elephant Orchestra in several vids with Lair speaking in some of them. Below is one I have chosen as a starter, if you care to investigate. In another vid, Richard comments with his inimitable soft understated humor that it is the heaviest orchestra in the world. They did the calculations and found out that it weighs more than the total company of the Berlin Philharmonic. I assume that covers both players and instruments. Also, he and Dave Soldier have consulted with musicians who concur that it is indeed music judged by professional standards.
Special Talk March 18 2020
BENEFITS OF THE DRAGONFLY SUTRA
NOTE: I am making this talk publicly available for reasons set out in the talk.
Optional access: Go here to download DFS Benefits Audio https://nemeta.org/unit/dragonfly-sutra-benefits/
Members can access other units, text and talk, in the curriculum panel below, as applies with all Courses. As it unfolds so far, the DFS/DZ material is taking shape via several blocks (grouped units):
- Introductory – orientation and background
- Sample Recitations
- Exposition – talking points concerning how the Sutra works
- Medicine Buddha – critique of Buddhism (forthcoming)
- 36 Tattvas – about cosmic projection and the holographic analogue
- DOG ZEN
Note carefully that a single unit/page may contain more than one talk. For instance, the first unit in the block titled Exposition is Attending to Mind. That page holds a sequence of talks with some text, illustrations, and links. Thus, each talk is not posted on a separate unit/page with an individual URL. Talks can run consecutively within the single unit.
The content to be found here is original, new, and developing. Going forward, this content will likely present a good part of original material coming out on Nemeta, additional to periodic installments and special messages to staff accessible in the private conference rooms, 18 Breaking Nous and 17 The Terma and the Terton. Other blocks to be released in the Courses and Vocations 1 – through 15 will present pre-existing material packaged and reformatted with moderate or no revision or addition, barring the occasional orientation talk or advisory notes that may be provided. Currently, Nemeta holds over 500 units in storage, due to be released progressively in the various Courses.
I realize that it may be tricky at moments to keep track of this material, even though the admin Ceridwen and myself work continually to make Nemeta as user-friendly as possible. But the school is an evolving organism, so the problem of linear organization is inevitable. It comes with the turf where the banyan tree grows.
Your patience and diligence are appreciated.
§ March 2014, Correction begins – > July 2019, The Dragonfly Sutra = 64 months. What’s it all about, Rhomé? Why this, why now?
“Taking Down Buddhism”
Words from the revered Indian Guru Ramana Maharshi (1879 – 1950) with background picture of his sanctuary site at Arunachala Hill in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, S. India
In the above talk I indicate that those presumed to be enlightened can do nothing but teach how to attain enlightenment, making Buddhism a redundant system. My critique of Buddhism in this respect extends also to the yogic schools and Vedic philosophy, exemplified in Ramana Maharshi, who is assumed to have attained the state of “god-realization,” in the jargon of those schools. According to this revered master, the sole and supreme purpose in life is to realize TAT TVAM ASI, Thou Art That, you are what you seek—in my view, this is a banal assertion of terminal narcissism. I disagree with the claim that the only purpose of life is to attain self-realization, defined either in Buddhist or Vedic terms, or on any terms whatever! As I argued many years ago in The Seeker’s Handbook (1991), Asian and Eastern forms of philosophy and practice cannot satisfy the question of finding purpose in life. I stand as strongly as ever on that point.
Additional to that objection, I have another. It concerns the syntax of the two selves, higher and lower, real and illusional, etc., inherent to the Vedic systems and Buddhism. Exposition of the DFS and DZ provides a totally novel solution to the problem of the two selves. This issue goes to the interpretation of Ken Wheeler (YT Theoria Apophasis) regarding the fundamental mistake in Buddhism about annata, the no-self doctrine. Although I do not follow Wheeler who reiterates the two self paradigm, I do find his critique of annata drawn from the Pali Canon of Ceylonese Buddhism to be instructive. This deeply confused and misleading issue is on the list for consideration in units in development on this Course.
– revision jll March 20, 2020
|DFS Introduction||1012 years, 10 months|
|DFS The Maitreya Process||1012 years, 10 months|
|DFS Demo Recitations||1012 years, 10 months|
|Attending to Mind||Unlimited|
|The 36 Tattvas|
|Cosmic Projection||1012 years, 10 months|
|A Dose of Their Own Medicine||1012 years, 10 months|
|Q and A DFS|
|Dragonfly Sutra Q and A||1012 years, 10 months|
|THE DFS IN FULL|
|The Dragonfly Sutra (Complete)||1012 years, 10 months|
|DFS Key Instructions 1||1012 years, 10 months|
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