Student: Would you say that unconditional confidence is the same as tenderness?
Chogyam Trungpa: Yes, very much so. The unconditional confidence is the pragmatic aspect of that tenderness. It is the action arising from the softness. It is just
like watching the sun rise. First, it is very feeble and one wonders whether it will make it. And then it shines and shines. Confidence is not arrogance or pride or
anything like that. Confidence is a natural unfolding process. It's not a question of needing confidence or not needing it. It's naturally there.
From "Basic Goodness," a talk to directors of Shambhala Training, January 1978.
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