Perceiving Sacred World
with Acharya Jeremy Hayward
In Shambhala, as in most traditional cultures, living energies, or ‘unseen beings’, are regarded as the conduit for humans to connect with the depth and power of the sacred living world. Only through this connection do we become fully human. And only through this connection can the natural world be preserved.
Is there some reality to these beliefs, or are they merely figments of primitive imaginations? Do the Shambhala chants, lhasangs and other rituals connect us with any reality outside of the hopes and fantasies of our individual minds? What do today’s mind sciences have to say about this? Are there ways of knowing outside of the limited five human senses? Contemplating these questions can help us to make a crack in the deep conditioning that continually separates us and the living, sacred world.
JEREMY HAYWARD was trained in physics and biology at Cambridge University, England, where he received a doctorate in physics. He began study and practice of Buddhism in 1967 and became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970. In 1974, Jeremy helped to found the Naropa University under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa and was vice-President of the University for the first 10 years, and a Trustee for the next 12. In 1977 he helped to create the Shambhala Training program and has been a central figure in the development of the Shambhala teachings ever since. He has conducted seminars and retreats on Shambhala and Buddhism throughout North America and Europe.
Jeremy took part in the first Dharmsala conversations on science and Buddhism with the Dalai Lama, in 1987, and co-edited the proceedings of these ground-breaking discussions,Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind. He has published three other books on science and Buddhism, the latest being Letters to Vanessa, on Love Science and Awareness, as well as a book on the Shambhala teachings: Sacred World, the Shambhala Path to Gentleness, Bravery and Power. His memoirs, Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chögyam Trungpa are published by Wisdom Publications.