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 inspiration behind the Longing Look originates from a vivid dream (akin to a terma*) in August 2010. In the dream, this name was discovered in an open book lying on a table in the inner sanctuary of chapel shaped in the form of a dove. On speaking the name out loud, something occurred in the dreamer which went beyond words.
The name Columcille means ‘dove of the church’. Columcille’s father was a Druid, and Columcille went on to found a monastery on Iona in the 6th century, an island known originally as Isla nan Druideach, Isle of the Druids.
H.H. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, an influential lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the 20th century, read the story of Columcille 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 Longing Look fuses this lineage with the original terma, bringing depth and method to a Celtic spirituality which otherwise often seems too vague and lacking in focus. It also offers Buddhists the chance to practice a more European form of Buddhism, and to explore the shamanic background of pre-religious spirituality.
The word ‘Celtic’ on this site refers more to the mindset of our common European ancestors, for the Celts were once spread across the whole of Europe and had contact with the East. These our ancestors still sing in our blood and even today seek to help us in the search for inner peace.
Despite the pressure of modern life, it is still possible to find the door to peace. This door is easier to find in what the Celts called ‘thin places’ in nature and in ourselves, where the local gods can touch us in the heart and guide us to an experience of the vastness of the Spirit, to an experience of the infinite openness of our true selves.
“The seed-idea… is to realize the potential of the original terma. It is possible to find an alternative way of looking at, and interpreting, the world. Through meditation we can experience ourselves as naturally spiritual, basically good and innocent, no matter what we have done in our lives. As ‘spiritual warriors’ we 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 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, after experiencing the terma, he left the Trappists and traveled to the home of Celtic Buddhism in America. He later returned to Europe to work as a meditation teacher in the Celtic Buddhist tradition and to ‘live the vision’. He combines this work with a great passion for writing.
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