Saturday, February 24, 2007

What is a Warrior?

Anyone who is interested in hearing the dharma [teachings], anyone who is interested in finding out about oneself, and anyone who is interested in practicingmeditation is basically a warrior. The approach of cowardice is looking for some tremendous external help, whether it comes from the sky or from the earth. Youare afraid of actually seeing yourself; therefore you use spirituality or religion as a seeming way of seeing yourself without looking directly at yourself at all. Basically,when people are embarrassed about themselves, there's no fearlessness involved. Therefore, anybody who is interesting in looking at oneself, finding out aboutoneself, and practicing on the spot could be regarded as a warrior.

From Talk One of "Warriorship in the Three Yanas," an unpublished seminar given by Chogyam Trungpa at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, August 22,1978.

All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo

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