Questions/Comments—while reading Inside Knowledge

In the light of the aspiration to share the TSK vision with a wider body of readers and students, I found myself wondering why other visions can attract a wider group of adherents.

Last Thursday I sat in on a webinar with the title: “Making Thought Whole Again” and a panel of four intelligent men and women (teachers with a strong sense of living in our world) talked about wholeness as something real, original, and always available in the midst of the fragmentation that so dominates experience for so many.  It seemed that this discussion was able to ground itself in many spiritual traditions (the one, Ohm . . .) and in shared concern for a shared world in which we have all been born.

I found it very stimulating and encouraging that a discussion about wholeness could bring so much into that image of wholeness.  And the next few days, reading Inside Knowledge, I wondered whether the TSK vision has the potential to inspire a body of people concerned about the world and to offer a rallying point for the kind of awareness that would make that concern more effective.

Putting Time and Space and Knowledge at the center feels more like an on-going challenge to how we are looking than a way of discovering what is worth preserving in the world.

Does a “Love of Knowledge” help love to recognize what is worth knowing?

What we put at the centre seems very important.  The TSK vision seems mainly to contrast putting the self at the centre with putting Time, Space and Knowledge at the centre.   Is it possible that there might be a way for the TSK vision to more directly support initiatives that put something other than the self at the centre: the one, our planetary home, the least among us, so that the depth of this vision could more readily support the important energies that seem to be stirring in our world, which are inspired by and cohere around the need to care for our planet before it is too late?

About Michael Gray

I first started studying TSK in the mid 1980's and have since attended a number of retreats and workshops at the Nyingma Institute, in both TSK and Buddhist themes. I participated in the life-changing Human Development Training Program in 1991, and upon returning to Albuquerque co-founded an organization, Friends in Time (with a friend who has Lou Gehrig's Disease), which continues to serve people with similiar disabilities. I contributed an essay to "A New Way of Being"--the last one in the book--in which I describe how learning to honor who I have been has broadened and deepened my openness to present experience. I live in New Mexico with my wife and two sons.
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