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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
fall 2005| 64 |buddhadharma a certain point in life. There can be something very positive and life-confirming about being depressed, because the pointlessness of normal life pursuits is bloody depressing. The prospect of continuing endlessly in that same groove is depressing. So any intelligent person can be depressed when wondering, where is this leading? It’s not leading anywhere. It’s awful. And the next step isn’t necessarily to find meaning − to chase rainbows where there aren’t any − but rather to infuse one’s life with meaning. A book like Blazing Splendor can provide very important meaning that can inspire one’s life. That’s what I find to be the greatest benefit of a book like this. It’s not just giving historical facts about who gave what to whom; it gives real hope − not just a pie in the sky or the next gadget or the latest movie, but something that someone can take in their hands, that they can make use of, and that they can connect with. Blazing Splendor allows one to meet so many masters. Not only people who live in our own time, like Tulku urgyen’s sons, but many other fig- ures long passed away who carried on the lineages that he was connected to. Many things happen in the narrative of Blazing Splendor that are simply unheard of in modern life, like people being clairvoy- ant or producing texts that had been hidden a thousand years before. What is the modern reader to make of this? Human beings are willing to believe all kinds of stuff. We see that every single day. unfounded information parading as fact abounds. So being able to believe what could be far-fetched is not something new in the West. people believe all kinds of nonsense − read any newspaper, look at the polls. The ability to believe is not confined to Tibet. But the magic that is found in Blazing Splendor may have greater benefit than the normal junk people usually believe in. If one judges that such seem- ingly extraordinary tales may have some benefit, then one may be willing to go along as one becomes more familiar with a world of unfamiliar magic. A book like Blazing Splendor, which recounts such stories in a straightforward way, can create a certain familiarity. If one becomes familiar enough to pay attention to and take in the story being told, then one can judge for oneself whether to take it as true or totally unfounded. We are, of course, taught to be skeptical and to use our own intelligence to figure out what is true, but we shouldn’t necessarily decide before we know for sure. That’s not skepticism; that’s stupidity. Keeping an open mind is the true scientific attitude: to be able to genuinely discover, you have to be open to possibilities that lie beyond what you already know. Being skeptical to the point of being close-minded is actually unscientific and hampers any kind of real progress. Just like a newborn infant, we always have to be able to broaden our horizon as we grow up. The magical world presented, or at least hinted at, in Blazing Splendor is part of our rich human heritage. So I’d like to extend a welcome to readers to enjoy the scenery, and to read the accounts with an open mind − and an open heart. There’s a lot we know and a lot we think we know, yet there is infinitely more that we don’t know. The biggest benefit comes from just staying very open. ➤ continued from page 33 www.indochinehomeimport.com statues accents furniture HOME IMPORT Indochine donates 10% of its online sales to Ti betan relief organizations Direct importers of quality, handcrafted, natural material objects and furnishings from Asia and the Pacific Rim. Many rare finds and antique treasures. Visit our website www.indochinehomeimport.com orseeusatoneofour three Colorado locations 303-444-7734 Mon–Sat 10–6, Sun 11–5, MST wall decor rare finds