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 Jimi, at that point I had not spend much time with the Teachers and Teachings of the Tibetan tradition where the term Great Void was commonly bandied about. Although I'd read a couple of translations of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, my wanderings through the gringo Buddhist world of the 70's and 80's had primarily been focused on Zen.
Like Jimi, I was then drawn to Insight Meditation Society. Most of the teachers at this retreat center in Barre, MA drew their inspiration and practice from Theravada Buddhist teachers. In that tradition, Nirvana seemed to be the goal. It seemed like a much more palatable destination.
Little did I know.