Thursday, March 08, 2007

Warrior's Philosophy

The starting point is acknowledging that some kind of goodness exists in us. It is necessary to take that arrogant attitude, positively speaking. There is some feeling of upliftedness. We are worthy people, and we have something going for us. We are not all that totally wretched. Of course, we do have the wretched aspect that we have to face and look at. That is absolutely necessary in order to realize the other part. But they don't actually interact as counterparts. It's simply that you go through your clouds, and then you see your sun. That is the basic approach, the basic idea we should take towards the worthiness of our existence. That, by the way, is the warrior's philosophy of looking at ourselves.

From Talk One of "Warriorship in the Three Yanas," an unpublished seminar given by Chogyam Trungpa at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, August 22, 1978. OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS: New from Vajradhatu Publications: THE TEACUP AND THE SKULL CUP: CHOGYAM TRUNGPA ON ZEN AND TANTRA. Edited by Judith Lief and David Schneider. Getting rave reviews from both Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. Available from Look under publications by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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