Wednesday, February 15, 2006

You are not basically condemned

You are not basically condemned. Your naughtiness is not necessarily regarded as your problem- although it is witnessed, obviously. You are not fundamentally condemned; your temporary naughtinesses are regarded as coming from temporary problems only. Therefore, to follow up on that, this slogan says, "Always maintain only a joyful mind." It is a joyful mind because you do not have to be startled by any situation of wretchedness or, for that matter, sudden upliftedness. Instead, you can maintain a sense of cheerfulness all along. --Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from: Training the Mind, Shambhala

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