Celtic Buddhist Lineage
Whether we know it or not, we are all struggling with the fact of transience, the question of our own existence. This existential suffering is implicit in the knowledge of our own mortality. Yet beyond the apparent hopelessness of the human predicament, the light of the Self shines out.
The Buddha said that "LIFE IS SUFFERING". Buddhism tries to guide us out of suffering. No matter what we have done in our lives or what has happened to us, there is a path out of the suffering that is life. Ironically, the path only opens when we acknowledge hopelessness. As a source of ‘pro-active’ compassion and forgiveness, the Celtic School of Buddhism holds the possibility of becoming truly free from all suffering, free from all form. It is therefore extremely relevant and to the point.
Meditation creates space for the subconscious mind to show itself. It takes the bravery of a warrior to completely open up to yourself, and to face the shadow. This basic human courage goes to the root of the world's problems, as it starts at the only place where change is truly possible: within yourself.
The original tantric mind-stream of the Celtic Buddhist Lineage goes back to the magical activity of Padmasambhava. Padmasambhava is a mythical figure from the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The influential meditation teacher Chogyam Trungpa was an important link to this cycle of Dharma unfolding now.
Perhaps the most influential lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the 20th century, Chogyam Trungpa read the story of Columcille ('dove of the church') and saw in it an echo of his own pre-Buddhist faith with its natural affinity with nature.
Columcille belonged to the western lineage to which Merlin also belonged. This masculine green energy stream is both shamanic and tantric, holding significant links to the east from as early as the Bronze Age.
Any path of Buddhism can only be about undoing the ego, not a re-doing of it in some sort of subtle spiritual materialism. This is usually a lengthy process requiring determination and courage, the fearlessness of a warrior.
The Celtic Buddhist Lineage provides support in this process, as well as some of the skillful means to accelerate progress in the removing of barriers to love/enlightened mind.
It does this by not only promoting meditation and the mutual-enquiry of 'basic' Buddhism, but also by tribal contact and encouragement, setting it all against a framework of shamanic and tantric paradigms.
The latter taps into the Celtic mindstream, hidden Celtic archetypes originating from a melting pot of influences transmitted to Europe during the early and mid-Bronze age.
This lineage is only now emerging. It may not yet be officially recognized, but that doesn't make it any less authentic.