Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Joke is on us_April Fools Day 2007

In order to become a follower of the dharma [the teachings of Buddhism],
one has to become nonaggressive, beyond aggression. In order to do that,
there has to be some kind of warmth in oneself, gentleness in oneself,
which is known as maitri, and there has to be greater gentleness to others,
which is known as karuna, or compassion. When we begin to make a connection
to dharma, we are willing to open our gates, to tear down our walls. Then
for the first time we begin to realize that the joke has been on us all the
time. Accumulating ammunition and building fence after fence was our trip
rather than something actually having taken place. We have wasted so much
of our energy and economy on that trip. When we begin to realize the joke
was on us and created by us, then we are actually following the dharma,
following our minds according to the dharma.

From "Aggression," Talk Two of THE FOUR DHARMAS OF GAMPOPA, a seminar
given at Karme-Choling in July 1975, published in a sourcebook by
Vajradhatu Publications. Available from

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April 4, 2007 is the 20th anniversary of the Parinirvana, or the death, of
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Information about Parinirvana events and a
tribute to Chogyam Trungpa from other teachers, his family, students, and
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