Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
by Chogyam Trungpa


In meditation practice we clear away the confusion of ego in order to glimpse the awakened state. The absence of ignorance, of being crowded in, of paranoia, opens up a tremendous view of life. One discovers a different way of being.

The neurotic state of mind is not difficult or impossible to deal with. It has energy, speed and a certain pattern. The practice of meditation involves letting be - trying to go with the pattern, trying to go with the energy and the speed. In this way we learn how to deal with these factors, how to relate with them, not in the sense of causing them to mature in the way we would like, but in a sense of knowing them for what they are and working with their pattern.

Trust and compassion for oneself bring inspiration to dance with life, to communicate with the energies of the world.

One must be willing to stand alone, which is difficult.

One's whole (spiritual) practice should be based on the relationship between you and nowness.

In meditation practice we clear away the confusion of ego in order to glimpse the awakened state. The absence of ignorance, of being crowded in, of paranoia, opens up a tremendous view of life. One discovers a different way of being.

The neurotic state of mind is not difficult or impossible to deal with. It has energy, speed and a certain pattern. The practice of meditation involves letting be - trying to go with the pattern, trying to go with the energy and the speed. In this way we learn how to deal with these factors, how to relate with them, not in the sense of causing them to mature in the way we would like, but in a sense of knowing them for what they are and working with their pattern.

Trust and compassion for oneself bring inspiration to dance with life, to communicate with the energies of the world.

One must be willing to stand alone, which is difficult.

One's whole (spiritual) practice should be based on the relationship between you and nowness.

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