An alternative seasonal message
'When we are caught in notions, rituals, and the outer forms of the practice, not only can we not receive and embody the spirit of our tradition, we become an obstacle for the true values of the tradition to be transmitted. We lose sight of the true needs and actual suffering of people, and the teaching and practice, which were intended to relieve suffering, now cause suffering. Narrow, fundamentalist, and dogmatic practices always alienate people, especially those who are suffering' ― Thich Nhat Hanh writing in Living Buddha, Living ChristPhoto of the Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmádena, Andalucia was taken by me a few weeks ago. This is the largest Stupa in the West, and was built by the members of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Benalmádena Stupa is filled with sacred objects including a clay relief attributed to the Tibetan saint Milarepa. Any copyrighted material is included critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Also on Facebook and Twitter.