Monday, May 22, 2006

If we are speaking of a way out all the time then we are dealing in fantasy

Q: You describe some seemingly inescapable situation situation in which we are all trapped,
in which we have become enmeshed... (Samsara?)

A: You see, the whole point is that if we are speaking of a way all out all the time,
then we are dealing in fantasy, the dream of escape, salvation, enlightenment.
We need to be practical. We must examine what is here, now, our neurotic mind.
Once we are completely familiar with the negative aspects of state of our being,
then we know the "way out" automatically.

But if we talk about how beautiful and joyous our attainment of the goal will be,
then we become extremely insincere and romantic; and this approach becomes an obstacle.

That is why the Buddha first taught about suffering - Dukkha,
and why he did not begin by teaching the beauty of the enlightenment experience.

--Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism,
Shambhala Publications

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