Friday, October 19, 2007
SACREDNESS AND SUPERSTITION
There is a great deal of difference between sacredness and superstition. Superstition is believing something that you've been told, such as that, if somebody drops a rotten egg on your head, it is bad luck. Superstition has no foundation in basic practice. Sacredness, however, is like the experience when you look at pure gold: you get some transmission of pure goldness because gold IS pure and good. Similarly, when you converse with a person of great wisdom, the conversation doesn't necessarily have to be profound per se -- it could just be "hello" and "good-bye" -- but you experience the basic nature of goodness coming out of that person. From "The Warrior's Way," a sourcebook for Shambhala Training, page 11. All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo.