November 19, 2010

Rebel Buddha—Compassion's Romantic Heart

During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here.

From Rebel Buddha:

"As a side effect of working at this primal level of experience, some element of romanticism, of indulgence in the world of the emotions and the senses, comes into play. Why should this be? At its core, compassion is based on passion and desire, an aspect of our nature that we shouldn't fear. Without passion, there would be no love in the world, no commitment to the common cause, no devotion toward enlightened ideals or the thought of awakening. Desire gives rise to longing and aspiration; it moves us to overcome obstacles and achieve great heights. Yet passion and desire in the service of self-interest or bound by fixation and obsession are usually destructive forces in our life. It's safer to stick with ordinary conduct—the performance of good deeds—than to risk working with the romantic aspect of compassion, but that's a bit more superficial."

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