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The Freedom Place podcast is a platform for distributing the teachings of Traktung Khepa. Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant.

As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano.

t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.”

Listener Questions #1 03.08.2019, 00:16
Listener Questions #1

Welcome to the ninth episode of The Freedom Place podcast featuring interviews with American-born sage, Traktung Khepa. I'm your host, Greg Kaminsky. For more information about t.k. and his work, visit <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.TraktungKhepa.com">https://www.TraktungKhepa.com</a>.<br><br>In this interview, t.k. answers three questions sent in by a listener of the podcast. We'd love to make listener questions a regular feature, so to have t.k. answer your questions in an upcoming episode, please send them to me, Greg Kaminsky, via Facebook Messenger, or email them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a>.<br><br>The three questions answered today are:<br><br>1. If the theistic concept of God is wrong, what is holding Being in place?<br><br>2. If the theistic concept of God is wrong, how can you explain cause and effect?<br><br>3. Would you talk more about how the emptiness discovered in meditation is not a mere nothingness, a nihilist materialist version of emptiness?<br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Six Questions - You Can Go Where You Please" by Honey Rain.

The Quest for Meaning, pt. 2 - Esoteric Schools 23.07.2019, 00:02
The Quest for Meaning, pt. 2 - Esoteric Schools

Welcome to the eighth episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, to share with a larger audience.<br><br>This is the second part of an extraordinary interview where t.k. talks about the human quest for ultimate meaning, art history and the development of perspective, the philosophical developments of existentialism and post-modern deconstructionism, and non-duality. In this segment, he spends a considerable amount of time discussing the essence and nature of reality from the perspective of an enlightened being, the esoteric schools of the west, that realization is not limited by culture or geography, and that authentic esoteric schools exist almost like appendant bodies affiliated with major religious traditions. Finally, we spend some time talking about the way esotericism and justice interface.<br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a>. For more information, visit <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.TraktungKhepa.com">https://www.TraktungKhepa.com</a>.<br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Red and Black" by Chen from the amazing album called Unstilted. <a rel="nofollow" href="https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6aqrXB7pjMuB33pw3t8woy">https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6aqrXB7pjMuB33pw3t8woy</a><br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.traktungkhepa.com/">https://www.traktungkhepa.com/</a>

Perspective, Philosophy, and the Quest for Meaning pt. 1 19.07.2019, 23:22
Perspective, Philosophy, and the Quest for Meaning pt. 1

Welcome to the seventh episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, to share with a larger audience.<br><br>This is the first part of an extraordinary interview where t.k. talks about the human quest for ultimate meaning, art history and the development of perspective, the philosophical developments of existentialism and post-modern deconstructionism, and non-duality. What he presents is a brilliant historical analysis of western art and philosophy that demonstrates a long-term cultural vectoral momentum in which all concepts and suppositions, whether artistic, philosophical, religious, scientific, or personal are questioned and may be undercut, leaving the field open for the potential exploration of non-dual reality. As an aside, I find that considering this approach provides redemption from feelings of ambivalence and my own judgments about modern culture to a much greater degree than I expected.<br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a>. For more information, visit <a rel="nofollow" href="https://TraktungKhepa.com">https://TraktungKhepa.com</a>.<br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is the title track from Just a Tourist's wonderful brand new album, "Ruined for Business," available where you buy music!<br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from an excerpt of one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.traktungkhepa.com/">https://www.traktungkhepa.com/</a>

Alchemy pt. 2 - Contemplating the Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Practice 12.07.2019, 19:29
Alchemy pt. 2 - Contemplating the Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Practice

Welcome to the sixth episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, to share with a larger audience.<br><br>In this extraordinary interview, t.k. talks about the pre-preliminaries of Tantric practice and the way to approach the considerations that are foundational to an esoteric path. He stresses over and over how not contemplating these considerations deeply enough to break through the inertia of habits of daily life often causes issues for practitioners later on the path. What is being discussed here is an alchemical contemplation that engages the intellect, emotions, and conduct, in that order, to truly understand the object of contemplation. If one were to truly contemplate the considerations of precious human birth, impermanence, the law of cause and effect, and that delusion will not end until one consciously puts an end to it, then, theoretically, most obstructions and hindrances to practice and realization would be cut through like a hot knife through butter. t.k. also expresses how the masters and adepts of every esoteric tradition recognize this form of contemplation as the starting point of the path.<br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a>.<br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Blue Flame" from Just a Tourist's wonderful brand new album entitled "Ruined for Business," available where you buy music!<br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.tsogyelgar.org/">https://www.tsogyelgar.org/</a>

Alchemy: Secrets of the Prima Materia & the Philosopher's Stone 05.07.2019, 19:43
Alchemy: Secrets of the Prima Materia & the Philosopher's Stone

Welcome to the fifth episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, to share with a larger audience.<br><br>In this extraordinary interview, t.k. answers my questions about alchemy. I've been wanting to do this interview for some time since discovering t.k.'s accomplishment of the alchemical path. If you've ever wondered, as I have, whether it's possible to evolve beyond the human state, or to know the first matter and how the philosopher's stone is created and its function, you're about to find out. As far as I'm aware, this is the first interview of its kind where these questions are definitively answered. There is much to consider here, but ultimately, once one decides if they believe it is possible, the next consideration is whether to engage the methods of the path in order to prove it for oneself...<br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a>. For more information, visit TraktungKhepa.com.<br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "In Your Body" from Just a Tourist's wonderful brand new album entitled "Ruined for Business," now available where you buy music!<br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is an taken from an excerpt from one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.traktungkhepa.com/">https://www.traktungkhepa.com/</a>

The Part & the Whole: Identitylessness & Buddha 18.06.2019, 00:34
The Part & the Whole: Identitylessness & Buddha

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, with t.k. to share with a larger audience.<br><br>If you've listened to the first three episodes, you may, as I do, wonder exactly who is this enlightened being giving these tremendous teachings? Well, hopefully this interview will begin to provide some considerations on that question. In it, Rinpoche discusses who he is, the concept of identity, and what a Buddha is. I feel tremendous joy in being able to share this interview with you and I pray that it has as much of an impact as it did on me.<br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a>.<br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Dakini Night Poem" sung by Sky, <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHwcywjXWUA.">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHwcywjXWUA.</a><br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.tsogyelgar.org/">https://www.tsogyelgar.org/</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.traktungkhepa.com/">http://www.traktungkhepa.com/</a>

Silence & Stillness 14.06.2019, 01:05
Silence & Stillness

Welcome to the third episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>Today's recording is from a teaching that was given on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at Tsogyelgar near Ann Arbor, Michigan. This teaching addresses:<br><br>Coming to perfect silence and stillness / passivity & discovery / samatha & vipassana / shine & lhatong / calm abiding & further seeing<br><br>Rinpoche also discusses his comment, "Duality is mockery; difference is love," as another expression of Longchenpa's One Ground, Two Paths teaching.<br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a>.<br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Something of Silence" from Just a Tourist's brand new album, Ruined for Business, soon to be available where you buy music.<br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.tsogyelgar.org/">https://www.tsogyelgar.org/</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.traktungkhepa.com/">http://www.traktungkhepa.com/</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.facebook.com/JustaTouristBand/">https://www.facebook.com/JustaTouristBand/</a>

Stages of the Path, pt. 2 - The Great Refusal 13.06.2019, 21:32
Stages of the Path, pt. 2 - The Great Refusal

Welcome to the second episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, with t.k. to share with a larger audience.<br><br>Today's recording is from a teaching that was given on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 at Tsogyelgar near Ann Arbor, Michigan. This teaching was part 2 of the Stages of the Path, continuing the from the prior episode. Rinpoche describes this talk as a LamRim teaching, which encompasses the stages of the path from beginning to the end.<br><br>This is part 2 that addresses:<br><br>- The Great Refusal - a decision to not take part in any harmful actions whether personal, political, spiritual, or otherwise and the importance of this step with regard to one's spiritual path<br>- the importance of analyzing teachers and teachings with discernment<br>- choosing a path that you can actually practice<br>- to discipline the mind and pay attention in order to love<br>- to embrace not knowing and insecurity because we need to look again and again since we're not already enlightened<br>- that authentic gurus love to be questioned about the path<br><br>And 2 questions at the end:<br>1. A comparison between Nisargardatta Maharaj's method of focusing on the feeling of "I am" and then going beyond with the tantric practice of Generation Phase deity yoga and the quality of devotion in practice<br><br>2. "Ki Ki So So Pagyalo" at the end of Sang incense offering - a practice to raise the spirit <br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions below or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a><br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Song to a Pigeon Goddess Girl" by Honey Rain.<br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.tsogyelgar.org/">https://www.tsogyelgar.org/</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.traktungkhepa.com/">http://www.traktungkhepa.com/</a>

The Starting Point of the Path 13.06.2019, 00:22
The Starting Point of the Path

Welcome to first episode of The Freedom Place podcast! This is a platform for distributing interviews with and teachings of Traktung Khepa.<br><br>Spiritual adept, visionary, poet, farmer, Traktung Khepa is an American-born sage who has taught students in America, Europe, and Cuba since 1990. For 30 years he has guided Tsogyelgar, a contemplative community outside Ann Arbor, Michigan. Equally able to explore the most esoteric aspects and methods of the Tantric path or discuss Existentialism, Santeria, Alchemy, Political Philosophy, or Art History, t.k.’s style of teaching is immediate and relevant. <br><br>As a child, t.k. traveled with his parents from Marrakesh to Istanbul exploring modern and ancient cultures, museums, churches, whirling dervishes, gypsy caves, healers in the Black Forest, and mysteries of Greek ruins. As a teen he had encounters with spiritual aspirants and adepts of every sort from Jesuit priests and Franciscan monks to Krishnamurti, 32nd degree Freemasons, Sufi and Zen masters and more. At the same time he picnicked on the White House lawn with Reagan and joked with Nixon and Kissinger as they played Happy Birthday for his mother on the piano. <br><br>t.k’s lifelong passion for exploring spiritual traditions and life’s meaning has seamlessly melded with his profound realization accomplished through the non-monastic Tantric path. The Adept Thinley Norbu Rinpoche repeatedly encouraged him to share his wisdom and realization to, “Help Westerners clarify the inner meanings of Tantra without distortions.” <br><br>t.k. lives outside Ann Arbor, Michigan with his family. <br><br>My name is Greg Kaminsky and I'm honored and blessed to be your host. I've been a student of Traktung Khepa for a little more than 2 years and I can attest that he is the most authentic teacher I've ever met. It is with great anticipation and joy that we have begun preparing a series of recordings, both teachings and interviews, with t.k. to share with a larger audience.<br><br>Today's recording is from a teaching that was given on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 at Tsogyelgar near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topic of this teaching was the starting point of the Buddhist path. Rinpoche describes this talk as a LamRim teaching, which encompasses the stages of the path from beginning to the end. This is the starting point--where the basic problem of being human (suffering) meets an intuition of the Divine.<br><br>Feel free to leave comments or questions below or send them to <a rel="nofollow" href="mailto:info@tsogyelgar.org">info@tsogyelgar.org</a><br><br>The intro music is "Devotion" by David Modica and the outro music is "Six Happy Ways" by Honey Rain.<br><br>The name of this podcast, The Freedom Place, is taken from one of t.k.'s poems:<br><br>I am only love<br>This room where I live is only mystery<br>And here I will live with you<br>Without beginning or end<br>Without defining<br>In this freedom place<br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.tsogyelgar.org/">https://www.tsogyelgar.org/</a><br><br><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.traktungkhepa.com/">http://www.traktungkhepa.com/</a>