The Dalai Lama of the West: A Spiritual Treasury – Twenty-One Lessons of Light shares the teachings of a Western philosopher named, Paul, who takes readers through a spiritual journey. Paul's purpose is not to make himself known, but to provide guidance for every person who wants to make his or her journey.
Rather then identify Paul, Sir Peter Flanagan, the editor of The Dalai Lama of the West, shares with the reader what Paul teaches. Paul was Sir Peter Flanagan's philosophy professor and described Paul as “a perfect example of one who lived the light. His life was a testament to the endless possibilities of the human spirit…Paul was an incarnation of love and mercy. Thus, like the Dalai Lama of Tibet, his life was an ode to beauty and truth.”
This eBook is for every reader who is searching for truth and beauty, no matter his or herreligion. Paul’s guidance will help one get through that journey for the ultimate truth, beauty, and love.
Read the Foreward of this work:
So many great spiritual teachers from the East have visited North America over the past century. Swami Vivekananda was a speaker at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Paramahansa Yogananda established the Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920. The list goes on and on.
With the advent of the "beat generation" of the 1950s, and the "flower children" of the 1960s, the state was set for a new wave of spiritual teachers. Unfortunately, many of these so-called teachers took advantage of a drug-induced haze across America. These charlatans came equipped with a pseudo-rational program for enlightenment, but their behavior was less than original.
Fortunately, a number of genuine spiritual mentors have touched our hearts and minds over the years. Jiddhu Krishnamurti was perhaps the most insightful. It was amazing how he integrated psychology and religion so seamlessly into a philosophy with boundaries.
Krishnamurti said that the truth is a pathless land; it is not the end result of any methodology (all methodologies are merely projections of thought). Enlightenment is not a program created by thought. In fact, it has nothing to do with the thought process of discursive reasoning. When people ask how they can realize the truth, they are only avoiding the reality of what is, the reality of the present moment.
We are constantly trying to grab onto some reference point on our spiritual journey. The truth is that there is none. Once we disentangle ourselves from our ego involvements and negative emotions, we come face to face with an open ground of liberation and freedom. Beyond the pale cast of thought, there is a panoramic awareness which is none other than the clear light of enlightenment. To experience the miracle of mindfulness, we only need to live with complete attention in the present moment.
Another great spiritual teachers who worked anonymously for the greater good was Sir Peter Flanagan's philosophy professor. I was lucky enough to visit him once on his farm in Spain, and it was as if I had found paradise. Paul used to say that true living is higher than truth. He said that ethical living necessarily follows from one's metaphysical experiences of reality. This is a cardinal truth that has been sorely missing from the American scene for the past fifty years.
It is time for all of us to focus on the only genuine spiritual path. "Living the Light" should be our new motto. The light of love is never very far off. It is just beyond our ego preoccupation. We must practice the presence of God in everything we do and say.
Paul was a perfect example of one who lived the light. His life was a testament to the endless possibilities of the human spirit. "Goodness" may seem like an old-fashioned term, but I never ceased to smile in Paul's presence. While it is difficult to define happiness, I was always happy whenever I had the pleasure of his company.
I firmly believe the Paul was an incarnation of love and mercy. Thus, like the Dalai Lama of Tibet, his life was an ode to beauty and truth.
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