White Plum

White Plum Asanga - Eagle Crow
The Venerable Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Roshi
And it's at this point in time where I find myself speaking a bit more in-depth in regards to Zen Buddhism, and why the White Plum lineage has been so important throughout the last many years.  Specifically, I'd like to mention Roshi Joan Halifax and her Circle of the Way Temple that is found at Upaya, and why this could become an important relationship for Eagle Crow.  Although she and I have yet to connect in this reality, there's a lot of admiration for her work and background in shamanism, and shamanic studies.  Of course, she's a living legend and a teacher for countless students that have come to respect and admire her place in the American Dharma.  She, too, has remained a constant presence since our first connection on social media, so many years ago, when we briefly conversed on the passing of Daido Roshi and the importance of his work that's found at Zen Mountain Monastery.

Although I by no means am speaking on behalf of the White Plum Asanga, or the Mountains and Rivers Order, I felt the need to mention these important people, and their life's work, and how it relates to this great transition that we've all been experiencing since well before 2008.  In fact, in as many times that I've attempted to return to New York State for more self-study, the inherent messages have always remained the same — go see Joan!  So, it's with an empty hand and an open heart that I mention her place in the context of East to West teachings and how they relate to the work that's already been accomplished.  It's an unknown relationship for me, although I could see the apex of her teachings coming to a cumulation with the Sacred Hoops' community and its use of indigenous healing.  It's important for me not to portray myself as a monastic, or monk, with years of study under my belt.  I'm just a simple layperson, walking my path the best that I can.

Zen Mountain Monastery
John Daido Loori, Roshi
It's also important to note that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has been a subtle presence with this work throughout the years, also has requested that we bring Joan into the mix, as her place within the dharma itself is transparent.  Although I practice neither Tibetan Buddhism nor strict Christianity, this helps to position the work that’s already been accomplished as somewhere between the life of Pope Francis and the Holy See of Vatican City, with that of the Dalai Lama and the historical teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.  There are thousands of years old prophecies in Tibet that the world has never seen, nor that we can expect to be made public.  These teachings, of course, would have affected the outcome of the last ten plus years in ways that we just don't know.  It's hard for me to say, although one of the messages regarding these prophecies is central to the 8th century AD and with possible tie-ins to Egypt and a previous period of change.