"Our root fantasy is that “I” am real and there’s a way to make “me” happy. The reason we meditate is to let that fantasy unravel. After a while, we notice that much of what we took to be real and permanent about ourselves isn’t so solid–it’s a string of thoughts we hold together with tremendous effort."

— Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Turning the Mind Into an Ally (via wordslessspoken)

(Source: tmshkr, via inhabitude)

I asked the facilitator of Queer Dharma to tell me about the fierce demon looking deity on the scroll I photographed. Turns out it’s Mahakala.  He’s essentially a dharma keeper … and dharma keepers are those upsetting events in life that cause one to wake up and shed the ego.  He told me “it looks like bad news but it’s not.”  We read a Lo-Jong slogan today that advised us to honor the dharma keepers and invite them into our lives.  Boy, does my ego rankle at the thought!

I asked the facilitator of Queer Dharma to tell me about the fierce demon looking deity on the scroll I photographed. Turns out it’s Mahakala.  He’s essentially a dharma keeper … and dharma keepers are those upsetting events in life that cause one to wake up and shed the ego.  He told me “it looks like bad news but it’s not.”  We read a Lo-Jong slogan today that advised us to honor the dharma keepers and invite them into our lives.  Boy, does my ego rankle at the thought!

Taken with Instagram at Shambhala Center

Taken with Instagram at Shambhala Center