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Unformatted text preview: Ryan Devine Section 103 Rock Star Buddhism Historical Tantric practitioners were no strangers to an ancient equivalent of the rock star lifestyle. John Derek, an American actor, and director, who played the young punk character Nick Romano in Knock on any Door (1949) once gave some life advice to Humphrey Bogarts character: Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse. As Buddhists go, followers of Tantra definitely hew more closely to this mantra than those of other paths. Rather than focus on cultivating the six perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, meditative absorption, effort, and wisdom to eventually purify their minds of the hindrances and gain enlightenment over many lifetimes, Tantric practitioners go straight for the finish line. Professor Bogin used an excellent example to illustrate this: the foundational path to arhatship is like walking to Los Angeles, the Mahayana path of the Bodhisattva is like riding a bicycle there, and the Tantric path (depicted in Sarahas Treasury of Couplets)...
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