Teachings

A smattering of oneness/interrelationship teachings from various cultures and time periods, as a reminder that our current culture is the anomaly and not the norm.This page has not quite taken shape yet, and feedback/contributions are welcome!

Tibet

Tibetan folk song (quoted by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa in Tibet, The Sacred Realm)

Above looms the blue sky, representing
The Wheel of the Sacred Law;
Below lies the pale earth, like an eight-petalled lotus;
Between them rise the majestic mountains,
Manifesting the eight auspicious symbols.
In the meadows grows a profusion of medicinal plants,
The valleys are adorned with green trees and fields,
While turquoise lakes and rivers dot the further reaches.
Pure, crisp air forever refreshes life.
The moon shines brighter amidst the glittering stars.
The earth is full of precious treasures.
On this highland humans and nature coexist harmoniously!
The land where spiritual and human law reigns supreme,
In the land where celestial powers are revered,
Where animals are partners in life’s struggle,
Where birds fly without fear,
Where fish swim in freedom,
Where wildlife is protected,
Where men and women cherish inner peace and outer freedom.

Relating to the Sacred, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche write in Healing with Form, Energy and Light:

“In shamanism, tantra and Dzogchen, the elements are considered to be sacred, the underlying forces of existence. Because they are sacred, all that arises from them – and that is everything – is also sacred. External nature is sacred and the body is sacred. The elements without and within arise together, from the same source. The warmth of the sun and the warmth of the heart are different in degree, not in kind. The water of the oceans is not different from the water in our bodies. Our flesh is formed from the elements of the earth and it will dissolve back into the earth. The air in our lungs is the same air the hawk rides. The space in which the universe arises, the space our living room couch occupies, and the space in which our thoughts arise is the same space and is sacred. And all that is in space – substantial and insubstantial, matter and mind – is the elements… Sometime in the history of the West, the sense of sacred relationship was lost for many people…
If we relate to the natural world as a collection of lifeless mechanical processes, it is lifeless for us. If we relate to our bodies as machines, they are machines to us… but if we relate to the natural world as alive, full of spirits and elemental beings, the natural world speaks to us… Relating to the elements – to the natural world and our bodies and minds – as sacred, they become sacred…”