Saturday, 13 March 2010

Alan Peck

Alan Peck died on March 3'rd. I never got to meet him but often heard john speak fondly of him as a student. I feel a deep connection and gratitude to him. It was in his " Introduction To T'ai Chi " that I first read about John Kells and decided that I had to meet and study with him. Some choices change ones life for ever. Alan's book opened an challenging exciting and continuing journey for me.

“In Tibet we say that just as it is the nature of fire to burn and of water to quench thirst, the nature of the Buddhas is to be present as soon as anyone invokes them, so infinite is their compassionate desire to help all sentient beings. Don’t for one moment imagine that it would be less effective for you to invoke the truth to help your dead friend than if a “holy man” prays for them. Because you are close to the person who has died, the intensity of your love and the depth of your connection will give your invocation an added power. Call out to them, and the Buddhas will answer you.”

Sogyal Rinpoche
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Ch 19 “Helping After Death”

Thanks to Margaret Travis for letting me know of Alan's death ,and for the quotation from his Buddhist community .

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