His name was Chögyam Trungpa. Here’s what he had to say:
If you have awareness in whatever you do, you always have a sense of basic decency. You do not cheat. You do not do things just because they are traditional, and you don’t just do something this year simply because you did it last year. You always try to practice your discipline as genuinely and honestly as possible – to the point where the honesty and genuineness begin to hurt.
The source of action is a very large me, rather than other people and the past
We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate. We can plant anything in it.
We are “good enough” kind and awakened to do great things in the world
The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.
There is nothing in life that can damage the essence of who we are
There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures.
There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding.
And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade.
And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream.
Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.
And so I welcome the staleness, the not knowing, the falling short of goals
In the garden of gentle sanity, may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.
Eyes open, dear man – to the jolts, the disorientations, the nonsensical
Compassion is not having any hesitation to reflect your light on things.
There is no thought of “Who deserves this?” We all do
The idea of a warrior is based on a sense of fundamental fearlessness. There is no reason why you should be a coward. It’s as simple as that. You are not being a warrior because a state of war exists in your country. We are not trying to win against the egohood people. We are not trying to fight with them.
You are being a warrior because you are a warrior. If someone asks you, “Are you twenty-one years old?” you say, “Yes, I am.” They don’t ask you why you are twenty-one years old or how you have done this. You would have no answer for that. You are just twenty-one. Warriorship is a basic sense of unshakeability. It’s a sense of immovability and self-existing dignity rather than that you are trying to fight with something else.
I am this. I bring a fierceness to life that doesn’t require an opponent
We can change the world, definitely. The problem is that we don’t smile when chaos occurs to us. When chaos occurs, even within that chaos, we can smile, which cures confusion and resentment.
You are sitting on the earth and you realize that this earth deserves you and you deserve this earth. You are there – fully, personally, genuinely.
I, and you, have a place here. We matter
We must be willing to be completely ordinary people, which means accepting ourselves as we are without trying to become greater, purer, more spiritual, more insightful. If we can accept our imperfections as they are, quite ordinarily, then we can use them as part of the path. But if we try to get rid of our imperfections, then they will be enemies, obstacles on the road to our “self-improvement”.
Just this is just fine
Thank you, Chögyam