Why subscribe to Thunderbolt
A full presentation of the Buddhadharma is hard to come by. Not because there’s a lack of genuine traditions. There’s a lot of that. But the Dharma can express itself in myriad ways.
Most Dharma in the West speaks of peaceful aspects like the cultivation of serenity, compassion, and the like. But harsher aspects are usually avoided.
Thunderbolt aims to present these missing aspects so that practitioners get a fuller view of what Buddhadharma is.
“Vajra, in Sanskrit, has both the meanings of “thunderbolt” and “diamond.” Like the thunderbolt, the vajra cleaves through ignorance. The thunderbolt was originally the symbol of the Hindu rain god Indra (who became the Buddhist Śakra) and was employed by the 8th-century Tantric (esoteric) master Padmasambhava to conquer the non-Buddhist deities of Tibet. Like the diamond, the vajra destroys but is itself indestructible and is thus likened to śūnya (the all-inclusive void).”
Thunderbolt or the vajra, captures the essence of this newsletter.
Who writes Thunderbolt
Alejandro Serrano, editor of Active Dharma.