representation of the concept of Mahasiddha

representation of the concept of Mahasiddha

I can tell you for instance Andrei Tarkowski’s film called Stalker, I don’t know if any of you have seen this. To me this was the probably the even more clear representation of the concept of Mahasiddha. Because we have been told by so many of our teachers there is something called Mahasiddha, meaning accomplished one. Those who have renounced the worldly thinking. Those who have gone beyond rationalism. Okay this is another thing. The essence of Buddhism is to break the rationalism. To really go beyond logic. So then suddenly we have a fear: “If you go beyond the logic, then what do we do? How can we fit into the world? How do we talk to the others?” Our Lamas, our masters they describe Mahasiddha, the concept of Mahasiddha, accomplished one. And I always had a – I just cannot imagine Mahasiddha. Always, every time I think about Mahasiddha I think in terms of all those Tilopas, Naropas, great Indian masters of the past who we, I from very young time myself saw in the Thangkas, pictures, very beautifully painted, slender looking. But now I realize if any of this Mahasiddha, this great accomplished masters walk into my house I will not welcome them, because they look filthy, they eat raw fish, they misbehave. They don’t abide with my rule. So Andrei Tarkowski’s film the Stalker really suddenly opened my eyes, and see, wow, Mahasiddha, the Stalker to me was like a Mahasiddha, the accomplished one. And he was having hard time convincing the rational logical world. I don’t know whether you have seen this film. If you have time and you have nothing much to do I would suggest. It is little slow but you have to be quite patient with this film. So it is possible I think to represent Buddha Dharma by the medium such as film.

Projecting the Dharma, Yale 2008

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