Thursday, 11 August 2016

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche renounces monastic life

A Facebook post has suggested that one of the most revered monks from the largest Buddhist sect in Darjeeling and Sikkim has renounced monastic life. "I am not a monk any more. I just want to study and fulfil my wish. Even though it's hard, I will try and do it," said a post attributed to the fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. "With a difficult heart, I have chosen a different lifestyle and will study and pursue my dreams of becoming a doctor," added the post, dated August 1. The Facebook post attributed to the Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche spoke of unexplained "struggles and problems".

The decision by His Holiness Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche to leave the monastery comes just around the New Moon of August 3.  In our previous post [1], I have explained why this New Moon is about individual emergence from the family nest of the collective consciousness that we acquiesce to and uphold. It supports regeneration, transformation and re-birth and impels us to relinquish calcifications in consciousness that limit our emergence into light and illumination.

Readers will be aware that perhaps the most significant planetary aspect in the current period is the Saturn-Neptune square. About this square Nick Fiorenza writes:

Our transition into the last quarter of the 36.4-year Saturn-Neptune cycle impels us to relinquish antiquated ideologies and the solidifications, constructs and behavioral patterns within self and in society we had built around those ideologies, those which we may have come to identify ourselves with, but that have now served their purpose and limit the manifestation of not only our greater dreams and visions, but limit awakening as illumined self-aware and self-empowered souls beyond the veils of illusion we have acquiesced to.

Just a few hours after the New Moon, the Sun formed an exact quincunx to Neptune triggering the Saturn-Neptune square linked to renunciation [2]. In a chart for the mundane event drawn for Darjeeling, Neptune is significantly placed on the IC as part of a “kite” formation. A Grand Trine contains the TNPs Poseidon, Kronos and Hades. From Martha Wescott [3] we have Kronos-Poseidon as referring to a spiritual or religious leader while Hades refers to a decline or abdication so that the news story can been put together from the elements of this chart.

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