Fear arises when identifying with what is subject to change. The process of death and re-birth is reenacted in the higher Tantras as a means of accessing the energetic root of existence. These methods, which Tarab Tulku has made available to us in extracted form, is a means for transforming fears of change and death as well as a means of developing a more balanced, open, and stronger self-experience.
Within the ancient Tibetan tradition, existence is viewed as being subject to the continuous movement of creation, existence and destruction. This ongoing movement not only refers to the extremes of life in the form of birth and death, but also to existence itself in any instant of time.
Fear arises whenever that with which one identifies is threatened. Basically all fears are therefore connected with the fear of change and ultimately with the fear of death. If one identifies with what is subject to change, fear naturally arises. Whereas if one succeeds in contacting a more subtle energy of oneself – the basic energy which continues throughout the process of change – one remains part of the natural process of transformation without fear.
In this course we will be using a series of practices dealing with change, imaginary death and dying, to explore and allow ourselves to experience being part of the process of change instead of stepping outside the process. We learn to transform the fear of change and death and to strengthen our natural dynamic being.
Being closely connected with nature Indo-Tibetans have understood how to use all natural states in order to further the subtlety of being. They have found the death state to be the most profound and the most uniting of our natural states. The final point of the death process, the clear light experience, is seen as the actual key to the beyond. Thus, Indo-Tibetans have developed practices for consciously going into a death-like state, using this particular state’s uniting potential in order to pursue the goal of going beyond compounded and transitory reality or dualistic existence.
This course is not so much concerned with going beyond dualistic existence as with using the methods which Tarab Tulku has developed - on the basis of the essence of the original methods dealing with death - for dealing with our basic problems for personal-development. The essence of any mental problem is to be found in its specific connection to self-identity. By using the ancient Tibetan tradition of transformation through the dying experience, we can go through the dying process of this problematic identity formation. We hereby transcend the interconnected mental structures, which are part and parcel of the vulnerable self-reference, in order once again to gain the genuine strength of oneself.
The course furthermore gives the opportunity to acquaint oneself with aspects of the very profound original Indo-Tibetan death practice in order to promote a sound and creative life in harmony with our nature.