Note to my readers: I'm an English professor. I discovered the Asian spiritual tradition in a drug store in a small town in Virginia a long time ago when I bought a paperback primer on Hinduism because it had a cool picture of Shiva on the cover. I was maybe 12 years old. The book made so much sense to me that I told my parents at dinner I was probably Hindu. They said, "OK, pass the salt." Which is exactly what they should've said. So now I'm passing the salt to you.
Because I've learned a lot from the Tibetan tradition, and because the Tibetan people happen to be mired now in a struggle for independence, it's hard to talk about Tibetan stuff without eventually getting into the politics of an oppressed people. When I want to talk about those things, I'll post over at our partner blog, TIBETSPACE. I hope to see you there as well. Both blogs are affiliated with The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas, though I'm sure its members would be happy to know that I'm not ascribing any of my opinions to them.
Finally—posts that are tagged "RIFFS on a practice" are from a work-in-progress about my own spiritual practice.