No traitor the salmon
He returns to his home
When you’re tired of searching there
You’ll find the answer here
4th century Welsh
The Celtic Buddhist Lineage arose out of H.H. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s love for the dharma, and his appreciation of early Celtic Christianity. He read the story of Columcille – whose father was a Druid – and Iona (known originally as Isla nan Druideach, Isle of the Druids) and saw in it an opportunity for Buddhism to make a fresh start in the west, free from eastern cultural trappings. At Trungpa Rinpoche’s suggestion, John Perks – seven years Trungpa’s personal attendant – took up this task and in 1989 officially founded the Celtic Buddhist Lineage.
The word ‘Celtic’ here refers to the humorous and fearless mindset of our common European ancestors, for the Celts were once spread across the whole of Europe. This courage and willpower is still in our blood and can be applied to the search for inner peace. This ancient ‘green way to the Spirit’ beyond all form can be augmented by the shamanic wisdom of the Celtic world.
Despite the pressure of modern life, it is still possible to find the door to peace, and especially in nature. This door is easier to find in what the Celts called ‘thin places’ in nature, where the local gods can touch us in the heart and guide us to an experience of the vastness of the Spirit, to the experience our true selves.
“The seed-idea… is to re-present the Celtic way of seeing as a basis for a compassionate life. It is possible to look past form to reality, and find an alternative way of interpreting the world. Through meditation we can come to experience ourselves as naturally spiritual, basically good and innocent, no matter what we have done in our lives. As spiritual ‘warriors’ we have the courage to face our shadows and expose the ego and its plans. I wonder if there is anyone out there who would like to share the journey back to the source of the dream with me ..? Andrew Peers
♦ Andrew Peers is Anglo-Irish and spent over 20 years in Trappist monasteries in England, Ireland and the Netherlands. In 2011 he left the Cistercian Order, travelling to America and Ireland and returned to the Netherlands to work as a meditation teacher in the Celtic Buddhist tradition, a role which he combines with shamanic work as Celtic priest in the Order of the Longing Look.
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