Author: Ty Phillips

The Middle Way Between Warrior & Priest

  By Ty H. Phillips   I tend to be a person of extremes. I can’t remember a time where I felt truly balanced—a time when a middle path was truly a middle path. I am an all or nothing type and in some ways this has helped me succeed and achieve, and in others it has wreaked havoc in my life. I would put all other functions in life secondary to meeting a goal both real and imagined. I would strip away anything that wasn’t a part of my current obsession. These obsessions were never fleeting ones though....

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My Guru is Only 6 Years Old

  By Ty H. Phillips I am going to make the assumption that we have all heard the saying, “out of the mouths of babes..” Of course this is not referring to beautiful women, but rather children. We hear truths from them because they just speak, often without thinking, and they share the truth as it is presented to them. They have no compunction against telling you that your breath stinks, that your haircut looks bad, or that you are being mean and nasty. When we are receptive to what they are telling us, children will often be our...

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Milarepa-Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi {Book Review}

  By Ty H. Phillips   “It could manifest and grow like seeds planted throughout your life, so that life itself becomes the guru. The idea is that life becomes the teacher all the time. This seems to be one of the very important messages of Milarepa’s life.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Milarepa-Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi Among teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche seems to stand out as unique. Both in the past and still now, his life, teaching style, antics, sense of humor and pageantry all seemed to...

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Connecting with the Naga: Serpents on the Path

  By Ty H Phillips   I sat on the green iron bench watching the cotton wood puffs float and flitter around the playground as children skip and laugh and climb over the three story playground where I take Brynn. Her red hair catching the sun and dancing in the wind, she looked up look up every so often with her blue eyes to make sure I am still there, watching, smiling, approving. Six years ago around this time I was ordained in a lineage of Buddhism attached to Chogyam Trungpa, a controversial and yet unparallelled teacher of dharma. That year...

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How to Deal Mindfully When Things Don’t Go as Planned

  By Ty H. Phillips   Injuries are inherent in sports. At some point, if you play anything from ping pong to powerlifting, you will be faced with a sprain or tear or break of some form. I’ve been fairly lucky. I guess you could say. I’ve not had many severe injuries, although I have had severe health issues (but that’s an old story). As a lifter who has been up into the 1000 pound area of squatting, it’s amazing that I have had little to no major injuries. Yet, take muscles that are conditioned over years and years...

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