Pema Khandro Rinpoche says Bruce Lee films are filled with images of power and energy, “and that’s what Buddhist tantra is all about.”
This clip was shot at the Lion’s Roar 2017 Annual Retreat, “Boundless Love.”
Shaolin Abbott: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight.
Pema Khandro Rinpoche: I watch Bruce Lee films over and over again, it’s part of my life practice, when I feel a little bit like my enlightened intent and my heroism is weary or tired, sometimes that’s something I do.
Shaolin Abbott: What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
Lee (Bruce Lee): There is no opponent
Shaolin Abbott: And why is that?
Lee: Because the word “I” does not exist
Pema Khandro Rinpoche: His story is — it’s got all the important elements of someone who’s an outsider who is willing to go on their journey and express their gifts in the world, even at great cost to himself. It just immediately gives me this sense again, of endurance and strength.
Our culture has all this knowledge and wisdom, and we can engage in it. And you know, to me, I see those images, and they’re images of power and energy, and that’s what Buddhist Tantra is all about.