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Ripened Fruit

Dharma Talk – Unconventional Truth

By Anam Thubten




Ripened Fruit

Do you remember how you came into existence?
You may not remember
because you arrived a little drunk.
Let me give you a hint:
Let go off your mind and then be mindful.
Close your ears and listen!

It is difficult to speak to your unripeness.
You may still be in your springtime,
unaware that autumn exists.
This world is a tree to which we cling—-
we, the half-ripe fruit upon it.

The immature fruit clings tightly to the branch
because, not yet ripe, it’s unfit for the palace.
When fruits become ripe, sweet, and juicy,
then, biting their lips,
they loosen their hold.

When the mouth has been sweetened by felicity,
the kingdom of the world loses it’s appeal.
To be tightly attached to the world is immaturity.
As long as you’re an embryo,
all you think about is sipping blood.

There’s more to be said,
but let the Holy Spirit tell it.
You may even tell it to your own ear.
Neither I, nor some other “I,” needs to tell you,
you who are also I.

Just as when you fall asleep,
you leave the presence of yourself
to enter another presence of yourself.
You hear something from yourself
and imagine that someone else
has secretly spoken to you in a dream.
But you are not a single “you,”
my friend—-you are the wide sky and the deep sea.
Your awesome “You,” which is nine hundredfold,
is where a hundred of your you’s will drown.”
― Rumi

Drew and Michele in Richmond CA

Michele, my wife, and I went to see Dharma talks in Richmond CA by the brilliant Dharma teacher Anam Thubten. These talks were the highlight of our week. We looked forward to the long one and a half hour drive from Los Gatos to Richmond. It always seemed to be sunnier when Anam Thubten was in town for one of his heart touching Sunday talks.

The man is pure inspiration. So we want to share our discovery with you. We’ve included an Anam Thubten guided meditation in this post. As well as pictures in and around Richmond CA. These are the sights we saw before, during, and after his Sunday talk. The pictures including Anam’s talk, his Dharmata Foundation building, and even the Starbucks we would have lunch at after being totally blown away by him. He is a special man. And this was a special experience that we shared together.

We also included a video of one of his talks here as well. Enjoy. And thanks for stopping by.



Andrew Di Genova


Richmond CA Pictures



Guided Heart Meditation: Metta


Anam Thubten
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC :
2014 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
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Anam Thubten

About Anam Thubten

As a young child growing up in Tibet, Anam Thubten was intent on entering the monastery, where for much of his childhood and young adult life he received the benefit of extensive academic and spiritual training from several teachers in the Nyingma branch of Tibetan Buddhism. He conveys the Dharma with the blessing of teachers Khenpo Chopel, Lama Garwang and others gone before in a lineage of wisdom holders and enlightened masters. During his formative years in Tibet he also developed a special affinity with a yogi and lifetime hermit Lama Tsurlo, who remains a deep source of inspiration in Anam Thubten’s expression of the Dharma.

Books by Anam Thubten:

The Magic of Awareness

No Self, No Problem: Awakening to Our True Nature

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