Today is the anniversary of the passing away of one of the great Tibetan Lamas who was also a Yogi (Ngakpa). (1) He came to the west, trained and ordained many westerners, including women. Here is a quote to celebrate him.
“A completely awakened state is enlightenment, the unwavering recognition of the absolute nature of our being. Absolute nature pervades everything and is separate from nothing, but we have gone so far on a tangent, so far into mind’s dualistic delusion that we have lost sight of what is absolute…
In a spiritual sense it is not very effective to attempt to change the outside world in order to prevent our own suffering. For example if we glance into a mirror and see a dirty face we might think, “Oh what a dirty face!” Then we quickly grab a cloth and scrub the mirror. This is not the way to get rid of the dirty face we see. Once we realize that the reflection is our own face, we can change the appearance in the mirror by simply washing our face. It will not work to wash away the suffering of our circumstances, but by recognizing our mind as the original cause we can change ourselves.”
– Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Life In Relation to Death Page 10
(1) The term Ngakpa or Naljorpa refers to Buddhist Yogis, the ordained Tibetan clergy who are non-celibate and teach Vajrayana, Tibetan Yoga and Dzogchen. You can recognize them by their robes, they wear a red and white shawl instead of the maroon shawl of their monastic counterparts. These days in North American Buddhism, even their initiated students also wear the same shawl to signify that they practice in a Ngakpa tradition or are non-renunciate Buddhists.