The Pocket Chogyam Trungpa
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Here is a treasury of 108 short teachings by Chögyam Trungpa, one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of our time. Pithy and immediate, these teachings address a range of topics, including fear and fearlessness, accepting our imperfections, developing confidence, helping others, appreciating our basic goodness, and everyday life as a spiritual path.
the environment in which these processes take place. The environment becomes a reminder to us, continually giving us messages, teachings, insights. 92 LETTING GO DON’T CONFUSE letting go with arrogance or indulgence. For the warrior, letting go is relaxing within the discipline you have already developed, in order to experience freedom. Letting go is not enjoying yourself at other people’s expense, promoting your ego and laying trips on others. Arrogance of that kind is based on fundamental
waxing. 98 BELIEVE IN YOUR BASIC GOODNESS YOU DON’T have to feel inadequate; you just have to be. In order to do that, you need to develop an attitude of believing in your basic goodness and you need to practice meditation. When you sit like the Buddha, you begin to realize something called enlightenment. That is just realizing that there is something very straightforward and very sparkling in you. It is not necessarily feeling good. It is much better than feeling good; you have a sense of
Sanskrit, is usually taken to mean forbearance and the calm endurance of pain and hardship. But in fact, it means rather more than that. It is forbearing in the sense of seeing the situation and seeing that it is right to forbear and to develop patience. Kshanti has an aspect of intelligence, in contrast, one might say, to an animal loaded with baggage who must go on and on walking along the track until it just drops dead. That kind of patience is patience without wisdom, without clarity. In
Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala, 75. 103. From “Becoming a Full Human Being,” in The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology, 139. 104. From “Generosity,” in Meditation in Action, Shambhala Library ed., 63. 105. From “Becoming a Full Human Being,” in The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology, 142. 106. From “Conquering Fear,” in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, 8:397. 107. From “Helping Others,” in Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of
there is still emotional attachment, or an emotional umbilical cord, that connects you to your parents, but as you grow older and pass from infancy into youth and maturity, as each year passes, your attachment decreases. You become an individual who can function separate from your mother and father. Individuals can develop personal discipline so that they become mature and independent and therefore experience a sense of personal freedom. But then, once that development has taken place, it is