My Guru The Lama


 

 

"Meditation in this sense is, therefore, no more a search after intellectual solutions or an analysis of worldly phenomena with worldly means - which would merely be moving around in circles - but a breaking out from this circle, an abandoning of our thought-habits in order to 'reach the other shore'" - Lama Govinda



The Lama Govinda and Li Gotami
Wheaton, Illinois 1977
Photo by Floyd Kettering

My Guru: The Lama

While we are able to come to an understanding of relativity by way of reasoning, the experience of universality and completeness can be attained only when all conceptual thought, all word-thinking, has come to rest. The realization of the teachings of the Prajna-paramita Sutra can come about only on the path of meditative practice (yogacara), through a transformation of our consciousness, wrote Lama Govinda (Hans Hoffman). Meditation in this sense is, therefore, no more a search after intellectual solutions or an analysis of worldly phenomena with worldly means - which would merely be moving around in circles - but a breaking out from this circle, an abandoning of our thought-habits in order to "reach the other shore.

According to the Lama: "This requires a complete reversal of our outlook, a complete spiritual transformation or, as the Lankavatara Sutra expresses it, "a turning about in the deepest seat of our consciousness." This reversal brings about a new spiritual outlook, similar to that which the Buddha experienced when returning from the Tree of Enlightenment. A new dimension of consciousness is being opened by this experience, which transcends the limits of mundane thought."

"A comparison of the Hindu Tantras with those of Buddhism (which are mostly preserved in Tibet and which therefore have long remained unnoticed by Indologists) not only shows an astonishing divergence of methods and aims, in spite of external similarities, but proves the spiritual and historical priority and originality of the Buddhist Tantras."

Works cited:

'Creative Meditation and Multi-Dimensional Consciousness'
by Lama Anagarika Govinda
Quest Books, 1984
Pg 94

Lama Govinda

Vajrabodhi