Shamanic wisdom of Life & Death

Throughout history mankind has had both fascination and devotion to spirit and life. In shamanic traditions of Tibet, Mongolia, Russia this devotion and curiosity sparked a deep and authentic love and wisdom of the way life and death operate. From Bön to Tibetan Buddhism, the knowledge of living is an essential part of understanding how to die and how to be reborn. One of the core reasons why I am a practicing Buddhist is this wisdom and profound embodiment of life and death that we are all a part of. Many realized masters in Tibetan Buddhism know and understand the intricate details of life that allows them, through powerful practices of meditation, to direct their life into another incarnation, with specific details passed on to disciples. When we become masters of our own life, when we realize that the only thing we can really control is our own destiny, we become a pivotal part of co-creating a better humanity. 

santideva-quote-fbt-kagyu-monlamAn important part of becoming a master of one’s life is acquiring proper knowledge and wisdom and applying it correctly to benefit lives of others, as well as ones own. When we learn to practice meditation that is like learning to how use your mind properly. Then we begin to learn how to pray and our prayer is pure, clean and devoted.

Our understanding of the mind allows us to connect more deeply with the heart, as a result we are able to understand the intricate web of life that interconnects all sentient beings. From this space compassion is the most natural fruit that arises because we are aware of the samsara that life is.

Through the knowing of life’s suffering through the limitations that we have and are faced with we learn and discover the middle path and allow our natural abilities and gifts to flourish as we share them with the world.

H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama said himself: If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.

Rev. Dr. K. Sonam Wangmo

Image: Kagyu Monlam