Author: Andrew "Dru" Peers

Does Right Action Preclude Crazy Wisdom? {The Eightfold Path}

  By Dru Peers Over the past few decades the speed of life has dramatically increased, but the “wisdom gone wild,” called Crazy Wisdom in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, swims against this tide. It is not, however, an ego-enterprise. I have seen an article recently posted on the internet advocating arbitrary acts of general craziness for the sake of it. It reads like an adolescent’s diary. Such may well be crazy, but it certainly isn’t wise. Crazy Wisdom is not an ego-project. That is to say, you don’t have it, it has you. It will spontaneously arise out of...

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An Eye for an Eye: Right Thought from a Celtic Perspective {The Eightfold Path}

  By Dru Peers Right Thought (sammà samkappa) is the second step on the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. Thoughts can be more generally understood here as “words or pictures formed in the mind.” They are often accompanied by or give rise to feelings, which in turn may lead to actions. You could say that thoughts are the roots of the tree of our self-understanding, and therefore important. The first two verses of the first chapter of the Dhammapada, back this up: “All we are is the result of what we have thought, it is founded on our thoughts, it...

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A Message from a Luna Moth

  By Dru Peers The following extract is taken from Dru’s new book The Path to Celtic Buddhism: The True Story of Initiation into the Forgotten Wisdom of our Celtic Ancestors. Dru was a Trappist Monk for 21 years but left the Order in 2011 to travel to Anadhaire Buddhist Center in Vermont. Anadhaire is also home to Rev. John Perks. Perks was for seven years the Close personal assistant to Chögyam Trungpa, and was inspired by him to establish a new Buddhist lineage, called Celtic Buddhism. This form of Buddhism seeks to free itself from eastern cultural trappings so as to express itself in the culture...

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Disappearing Stress with Meditative Wizardry

By Andrew Peers Stress is one of the greatest scourges of our times for the modern (working or non-working) person. It raises its ugly head in many forms, even when we aren’t working and supposed to be relaxing, or retired from work. Stress always comes with an uncomfortable feeling of disturbance. The mind rattles off its cares on an endlessly revolving carousel of thoughts that can keep us awake at night. Though the local minister might not agree, meditation is detachable from the religious rules and regulations that make it too constrictive for many—a price they’re not prepared to...

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The River: The Opposite of Trying to Gain Control of a Life That Flows.

By Andrew Peers I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. John O’Donohue (Unfinished Poem) Slipping out of the fringe—even the anti-clerical movement of Christian monastic desert tradition, and simultaneously peeling off from two non-religious Buddhist groups—I launched myself into the “real world” a few years ago. I met with some limited success and had settled down into the 9 to 5 routine when the pace changed again, and the horizon widened. One Autumn day, a casual comment to two men discussing religion at a British Home Store cafeteria in...

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