Author: Ty Phillips

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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The Guru Drinks Bourbon {Book Review}

  By Ty H. Phillips   “Any guide that can be switched off and rewound while you browse a pornographic magazine or gamble is not going to work.” Right in the introduction, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse nails it. To me, this was the essence of the book—derailment. I have noticed that there are predominantly two types of people, those who are desperate for the guru, accepting almost anyone who uses the title and giving themselves wholeheartedly to even the most vile of people and those who refuse all gurus and insist on relying on their “inner guru” in an attempt...

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The Truth is, Suffering is not Optional, It is Inevitable…But…

  By Ty H. Phillips   Being sick, sucks. That’s really all there is to say about it. You feel miserable, long term health issues can cause emotional distress and depression and you are unable to fully enjoy the things and people around you. This being said, I feel it is paramount to address a growing trend in new age and Buddhist lingo; “suffering is optional.” While well meaning, this is both inaccurate as far as Buddhist teachings are concerned but also a sign of a dangerous teacher. Suffering is inherent in life. We get sick, we lose friends...

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