I have long had an abiding delight in paradox. When I was 16 I co-directed a large production of The Pirates of Penzance. I can remember nothing about it now other than the song that stayed with me: ‘A paradox, a paradox, a most ingenious paradox. How quaint the ways of paradox, at common sense she gaily mocks”. Taking ordination was both ordinary and so totally extra-ordinary that I find it impossible to write about. There is a South African Ndebele saying “idele Amathambo” which means “give yourself up – bones as well”. Although my understanding of what ordination means is growing all the time, I know that “bones as well” is the soundest of advice. My relationship with my vajra masters is simply more precious than this life itself.
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