picking up a poisonous snake by the wrong end."
― Pema Chödrön
|Mahakala: Wrathful Protector of Tibetan Buddhism|
"Damn!" I thought. The stark horror in his voice didn't incline me to want to do any such thing.
Unlike Jimmy, at that point I had not spend much time with the Teachers and Teachings of the Tibetan tradition where the term the Void (or Great Void) were commonly bandied about. Although I'd read a couple of translations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, my wanderings through the Yankee Buddhist world of the 70's and 80's had primarily been focused on Zen.
Like Jimmy, though, I was then drawn to practice with the folks at IMS, who drew their inspiration and practice from teachers in the Theravadan tradition. There, Nirvana seemed to be a more palatable ultimate destination.
Little did I know.