Little Monk Manifesto
Little Monk is nothing, but one huge dream. Often spiritual
teachers instruct their students in the dream-time when their
conscious minds are less resistant. Some of the shifting dream
techniques found in Harvest of Gems were first pioneered in
The Little Monk. There is a seemingly random drift to many of
the dream sequences found in this children's tale for adults,
but the exciting narrative is highly structured to include sacred
teachings from all three Buddhist schools.
In part one Zen is explored along with techniques to open up
the mind and train it for better riding like a prized horse.
In part two, the Vajrayana is show-cased. Tibetan techniques
are explained as the reader goes deeper into the mind and spiritual
guides are finally invoked. By part three, the Theravadan concept
of mindfulness is then introduced. Seeing mind feverishly tracking
itself through all its big up and down spirals finally hints
of something even larger then the mind-stream.
Indeed, Chitta the Sanskrit word for mind includes the heart
as well because all emotion is just simply mind in motion, but
in a different way than mind probing itself systematically and
then ultimately drying up the mindheart river until it's empty
and beyond just being ONE with all the other mindhearts in the
big mindheart sea. Going deeper and first expanding outward
can only be accomplished if the mind slows down and get's more
and more still. It's a very delicate psychic operation.
The Little Monk was written at Tangpulu monastery in 1991 right
in the middle of the Gulf War. The contrast between the peace
and stillness that Tangpulu's presence conveyed during the birth
of the book and the chaos and instability the world was feeling
at the time is very much the legacy of this miraculous work
for children and adults.
There are echoes of Kafka and St. Exupery in The Little Monk,
but unlike the works of these two great writers. The Little
Monk gives the reader real hope--that there is a way out of
this dark and collective mind maze--that we all find ourselves
in. This big and disorienting dream voyage has an ultimate end,
indeed. And all we need to do is slowly wake up from it.