I spent weeks in Boudnath at the feet of the great master Dilgo Khentse, whose western students nick-named him “Mr. Universe” because of his imperturbably spacious manner. I believe he spent twenty years in yogic retreat when a young man. The photographer Matthieu Ricard is the son of a leading French intellectual and they have tustled over their contrasting philosophical views together on French television many a time. He is as accomplished a photographer as he is a monastic yogic practitioner. I never once saw Dilgo Khyentse without Matthieu at his side; they were inseparable for many years…
Tanka traditionally feature a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure.
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Note: this might be regarded as a controversial, even provocative, reading but at root this conflict IS a civil war and the perseverence of the woman IS the dominant Judgement of Hexagram 37 so attributing this to Mother Russia is hardly a stretch. This is a family quarrel on the international stage as well so let us hope that when it is over there are better relations for all involved. It seems unlikely now but we shall have to see how things play out. One thing is for sure: the way things were going with Ukraine shelling Donbass on a regular basis and about to actually invade again with US and NATO support cannot reasonably be expected to continue. Russia is putting her foot down. Leaving aside all the wartime propaganda, let us wait and see what the situation is like once the dust of the current conflict settles, hopefully sooner rather than later.
PS The nuclear trigrams were incorrectly placed; they should be Water below Fire above.