For 100 days, at the request of one of his students, an American born lama in the Nyingma lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism kept a journal of short reflections. Some days, the heartbreaking poetry of devotion, or essays in celebration of dawn, light, trees; on others, razor-like distinctions about the nature of the mind, challenges to conventional views of seeing, or seething commentary on the shallowness of contemporary culture. Taken together, but in small considered bites, the entries will provide a rare meal to any sincere practitioner who recognizes direct and authentic spiritual discourse. The heart of this book's message is that a mind that wishes spiritual freedom (which is both the starting point and the end of the spiritual path) must question everything. And further, that this questioning can only be done with great sensitivity from a vantage point that sees its past conditionings, and aims to be free from them. This book is a demonstration and celebration in poetry, prose and song of that freedom. Traktung Yeshe Dorje has been guiding both individuals and community for the last 23 years, drawing his students and friends into the world of spiritual awakening by offering them a window into a different way of considering appearances. The unique offering of this book is the deeply personal manner in which insights are presented-using a journal format rather than direct instructions about spiritual topics. An astute reader will glimpse-even "fall into-the way of perceiving of a tantric spiritual adept. We experience, if only for a moment, how things appear to one whose mind is free from conditioning. Eye to Form challenges the reader to consider familiar topics & scenarios from a new, perhaps radical, perspective. The invitation here is to profound consideration of life's deeper meanings through the unique intersection of beauty, wisdom & silence. This is not a "practical guide-it offers no plans for or steps to enlightenment or happiness. In fact, the author has no compunction in undermining such fast-food approaches to the recognition of Buddhahood. Eye to Form, therefore, can be extremely beneficial to those who not looking to be told what to do, but rather are inspired to think deeply, carefully & freshly. Intelligent choices on the spiritual path can be made only as one's considerations reach beyond ordinary-mind's conditioning. The challenge for this type of consideration is perhaps more useful than yet another self-help manual.
An American born spiritual teacher who has taught in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe since 1990. For 22 years he has guided the Tsogyelgar spiritual community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. His root guru-Lama Thinley Norbu Rinpoche-encouraged him to write so as to clarify Vajrayana Buddhism for western audiences. He has guided the creation of America's largest mural of Tantric art, and overseen the creation of a Western form of doha songs (celebrations of spiritual teaching), now on several CDs. He is president of Wishing Tree Gardens, a non-profit sustainable-agriculture educational program.