Chogyam Trungpa

A Quote by Chögyam Trungpa on ch gyam trungpa, tibetan buddhism, and shambhala

Too often, people think that solving the world's problems is based on conquering the earth, rather than touching the earth, touching ground.

Chogyam Trungpa

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on buddhism, fear, change, and comfort zone

When we hide from the world in this way, we feel secure. We may think we have quieted our fear, but we are actually making ourselves numb with fear. We surround ourselves with our own familiar thoughts, so that nothing sharp or painful can touch us.

When we are constantly recreating our basic patterns of behavior and thought, we never have to leap into fresh air or onto fresh grass. Instead, we wrap ourselves in our own dark environment, where our only companion is the smell of our own sweat. In the cocoon, there is no dance, no walking or breathing. It is comfortable and sleepy, an intense and very familiar home.

In the cocoon, there is no idea of light at all, until we experience some longing for openness, some longing for something other than the smell of our own sweat. When we examine that comfortable darkness - look at it, smell it, feel it - we find it is claustrophobic.

So the first impulse that draws us away from the darkness of the cocoon towards the light is a longing for ventilation. As soon as we begin to sense of the possibility of fresh air, we realize that our arms and legs are being restricted. We want to stretch out and walk, dance, even jump. We realize that there is an alternative to our cocoon: we discover that we could be free from that trap. With that longing for fresh air, for a breeze of delight, we open our eyes. To our surprise, we begin to see the light, even though it may be hazy at first. The tearing of the cocoon takes place at that point.

Then, we realize that the degraded cocoon we have been hiding in is revolting, and we want to turn up the lights as far as we can. In fact, we are not turning up the lights, but we are simply opening our eyes wider. We catch a certain kind of fever.

But again and again, we should reflect back to the darkness of the cocoon. In order to inspire ourselves forward, we must look back to see the contrast with the place we came from. You see, we cannot reject the world of the cocoon - which out which we may create a new cocoon. When we see the suffering that occured in the old cocoon, that inspires us to go forward in our journey of warriorship. It is a journey that is unfolding within us.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on fear, mindfulness, buddhism, awareness, and now

We have a fear of facing ourselves. That is the obstacle. Experiencing the innermost core of our existence is very embarrassing to a lot of people. A lot of people turn to something that they hope will liberate them without their having to face themselves. That is impossible. We can't do that. We have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our excrement, our most undesirable parts. We have to see them. That is the foundation of warriorship, basically speaking. Whatever is there, we have to face it, we have to look at it, study it, work with it and practice meditation with it.

Chogyam Trungpa

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

A saint inthe Buddhist context...is someone who provides an example
of the fact that completely ordinary, confused human beings can wake themselves up; they can put themselves together and wake themselves up through an accident of like of one kind or another.
The pain, the suffering of all kinds, the misery and the hcaos that are part of life, begins to wake them, shake them.
Having been shaken, they begin to question: "Who am I? What am I? What is happening" Then they go further and realize that there is something in them that is asking these questions, something that is, in fact, intellingent and not exactly confused.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: CRAZY WISDOM (Dharma Ocean Series), Pages: 5

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A Quote by Chogyam Trungpa on fear, fearlessness, and bodhisattva

Even fear itself is frightened by the bodhisattva's fearlessness.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: From "Bodhisattva and Paramita," Talk Nine of THE TIBETAN BUDDHIST PATH, the first seminar given by Chogyam Trungpa at the Naropa Institute, Summer, 1974. Unpublished.

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on love, life, and communication

In order to develop love ~ universal love, cosmic love, whatever you would like to call it ~ one must accept the whole situation of life as it is, both the light and the dark, the good and the bad. One must open oneself to life, communicate with it.

Chogyam Trungpa

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on life, stress, and decisions

Things get very clear when you're cornered.

Chogyam Trungpa

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

In the garden of gentle sanity,
May you be bombarded by the coconuts of wakefulness.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: Chogram Trungpa

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

In the garden of gentle sanity,
May you be bombarded by the coconuts of wakefulness.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: Chogram Trungpa

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on ati, action, and in the world

It's all Ati. Now, let's be practical.

Chogyam Trungpa

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