Guru yoga in the Karma Kagyu tradition demystified for Western minds

Picture of a Vajradhara statue depicting the Union of bliss and emptiness, the fruition of Karma Kagyu guru yoga

“I’m reminded of a song popular in France during its occupation by the Fascists in the last century.”

Caroline pauses.

“For its insights into working with a guru in the Karma Kagyu tradition, a Fascist pre-occupation of a kind in itself, in my experience.”

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m’est bien égal!

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing
Not the good things he did to me
Nor the bad — may as well be the same to me!

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
C’est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé !

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing.
It’s bought and paid for, wiped away, forgotten,
I don’t give a damn about the past!

Avec mes souvenirs
J’ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n’ai plus besoin d’eux !

With my memories
I’ve lit up the fire
Of my troubles, my pleasures,
I don’t need them any more!

Balayées les amours
Et tous leurs trémolos
Balayés pour toujours
Je repars à zéro

Wiped away the romances
And all their instabilities
Swept away for eternity
I restart at zero

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m’est bien égal !

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing
Not the good things they did to me
Nor the bad — may as well be the same to me!

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Car ma vie, car mes joies
Aujourd’hui, ça commence avec toi

No, nothing at all,
No, I regret nothing
Because my life, because my joys
Today, begin with you

—Edith Piaf, “Non, Je ne regrette rien”

“It’s a relationship we enter into with our guru.”

Caroline continues.

“Unique among intimate relationships, I think, for it is until we liberate ourselves from its seemingly never ending drama, in its duration.”

Caroline adds.

“For better or for worse, beyond life and death may we never be apart, in the union of bliss and emptiness.”

End scene. Fini.

A teachable moment, brought to you by the Naropa Prairie Dog Players, for your entertainment pleasure.


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2 responses to “Guru yoga in the Karma Kagyu tradition demystified for Western minds

  1. Coleen

    Wonderful!

    Thank you for this! What a creative application of this famous French song.

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