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Extra resources for The Way of White Clouds: A Buddhist Pilgrim in Tibet
When coming nearer, I heard the sonorous voice of a monk, reciting to the rhythm of the drum, and as I did not dare to disturb him, it took me some days until I found an opportunity of approaching him and asking his permission to enter the sanctuary that was otherwise not open to the public. I soon began to understand the reason. It was dedicated to the terrible and awe-inspiring deities, the forces of dissolution and transformation, which appear destructive and frightening to those who cling to the things of this world and to their own limited existence, but which prove to be the forces of liberation to those who accept them and make use of them in the right spirit, by realising their true nature.
E. as a moment in a meaningful or organic movement, which cannot be held on to without destroying the melody-in the same way we cannot stop thinking or hold on to a particular concept without destroying its value. The moment we try to analyse, to conceptualise, or to rationalise the details and experiences of initiation, we are dealing only with dead fragments, but not with the living flow of force, which is expressed in the Tibetan word 'dam-ts'hig', the inner relationship between Guru and Chela and the spontaneous movement, emotion, and realisation on which this relationship is based.
But when during the last days of his stay at Yi-Gah ChO-ling all his time was taken up by people who came to receive his blessings before he would leave, I felt afraid that the Guru might be too occupied to remember my request or that other circumstances had prevented him from carrying out his intention. How great was therefore my surprise and my joy when during our last meeting-even before I could say a word about this matter-he handed me a small but exquisitely finished terracotta statue of Buddha Sakyamuni and told me that he had kept this image in his hands during his daily meditations.