Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week November 6, 2006 COMPLETE ACCEPTANCE Maitri [or loving kindness] is not only maitri toward others, but it is also maitri toward ourselves. In fact, the first step of awakening buddha nature is friendship with ourselves. This tends to help a great deal. We don't have alternatives or side tracks anymore because we are satisfied with ourselves. We don't try to imitate anyone else because we hate ourselves and we would like to be like somebody else instead. We are on our own ground and we are our own resources. We might be fantasizing that there is a divine force or higher spiritual energy that might save us, but even that depends on our recognition that such a thing exists. Finally we end up just relating with ourselves. So friendship, or maitri, means the complete acceptance of ourselves. From "Awakening Buddha Nature," in GLIMPSES OF MAHAYANA, page 20, published by Vajradhatu Publications. For a copy go to shambhalashop.com.
Of interest to readers: Tonight Diana J. Mukpo reads from DRAGON THUNDER: MY LIFE WITH CHOGYAM TRUNGPA in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For continuing reports on the book tour and the activities of the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, see the blog at ChogyamTrungpa.com All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo and used by permission. OCEAN OF DHARMA QUOTES OF THE WEEK now has 4,830 subscribers. Please send comments on and contributions to OCEAN OF DHARMA QUOTES OF THE WEEK to the list moderator, Carolyn Gimian at: email@example.com. Carolyn Rose Gimian