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Lions Roar : November 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2006 88 to fabricate anything, you don’t have to fix up something to say, which causes writer’s block. All you have to do is tap into the immediate mind of the moment—what are you thinking about?—and just note it down, or observe your own mind, or ob- serve what’s vivid coming to mind. Where do you start? Well, with the cha- os of your mind. How do you do it? Just tap into it and write what’s there in min- ute, particular detail. For the purpose of relieving your own paranoia and others’, revealing yourself and communicating to others. It is a blessing for other people if you can communicate and relieve their sense of isolation, confusion, bewilder- ment, and suffering by offering your own mind as a sample of what’s palpable, vis- ible, and whatever little you’ve learned. AFTER TRUNGPA RINPOCHE’S death in 1986, I guess it must have been 1989 or so, Philip Glass and I got together. Philip was a Buddhist from a long time back, with a good deal more experience than myself in a long steady relationship with a teacher. He’d been asked by his teacher, Domo Geshe Rinpoche, to help his friend Gehlek Rinpoche and do a benefit for Rinpoche’s Jewel Heart Center. So I came out to Ann Arbor with Philip and we were greeted at the airport by Gehlek Rinpoche, who immediately struck me because he had the same, or similar, voice as Trungpa, and it turned out that they were friends, which I hadn’t known, and had actually begun learning English together and shared a room when they were young, when they first came out of India. So there was like a family relation- ship, and apparently Trungpa Rinpoche, a Kagyu, had invited the old enemy lineage, the Gelugpa, to visit and teach at Naropa. I thought that if Trungpa felt he was trust- worthy, then I could trust him. I began a friendship with Gehlek Rinpoche that also involved a series of con- versations that slightly altered my attitudes and refined my understanding of where Iwasatandwhattodo.Oneofthefirst things I was interested in—by this time get- ting on in age, sixty-five at the time—was ➢ page 115 Genpo Merzel Roshi Make the shift to your open, joyful, freely-functioning mind and heart. Upcoming Events with Genpo Roshi Big Mind / Big Heart International Intensive Salt Lake City, Utah Oct. 21 – Nov. 19, 2006 Rohatsu Sesshin Salt Lake City, Utah Dec. 3 – Dec. 10, 2006 Big Mind Workshop Ghent, Belgium Jan. 13, 2007 Big Mind Workshop Amsterdam, Netherlands Jan. 14, 2007 Great Sangha Gathering Ameland, Netherlands Jan. 16 – 25, 2007 Big Mind Workshop London, England Jan. 27 – 28, 2007 Zen Yoga Retreat Moab, Utah March 7 – 11, 2007 Big Mind Spring Retreat Salt Lake City, Utah April 14 – May 13, 2007 “As effective as anything I know at giving a person a direct glimpse of Big Mind. I recommend his workshops unconditionally.” — Ken Wilber For more information about these and other events, Visit: www.bigmind.org or www.kzci.org Toll free 866.759.6137 801.328.8414