Sunday, January 14, 2007


Student: The point of genuineness seems to be so simple that it's almost impossible to understand. Could you say something about non-genuineness and theproblems that we get into when we're trying to be confident? From that, maybe we can get a better idea of genuineness.

Chogyam Trungpa: I could give you a lot of examples. Inviting depression is one way of not being genuine, and refusing to be a human being and trying to be asuperman all the time is another way. In either case, we are trying to be somebody or something else and not paying attention to what's happening. You see, whatwe generally do is constantly, constantly substitute for ourselves somebody else who doesn't even exist. Nevertheless, we keep on doing that. When we fail to findour own quality right away, we run into trouble. Being genuine from that point of view is being indestructible in some sense. It depends on how much you can be awarrior.

From "Basic Goodness," a talk to directors of Shambhala Training, January 1978.

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