September 03, 2010

Take your seat

chogyam trungpa, sacred path of the warrior, shambhala publications

Every now and then I post a quote from Ocean of Dharma, a somewhat weekly email sent out by Carolyn Gimian, founding director of the Shambhala Archives and editor of many of Chogyam Trungpa's books. Each mini teaching is a quote by Trungpa Rinpoche. Here, Trungpa Rinpoche writes on meditation and meditative awareness in the world:

Take your seat

The practice of meditation is taking your seat in the warrior's world. Then, throughout your life, meditative awareness shows you how to regain your balance when you lose it, and how to use the messages from the phenomenal world to further your discipline. The practice of meditation also allows you to be completely grounded in reality. Then, if someone asks, "How do I know that you are not overreacting to situations?" you simply reply, "My posture in the sadde, my seat on the earth, speaks for itself."

–Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Slogan 26 from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior Book and Card Set, available here.

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Chana Dennis's picture

I "awoke" by my spiritual friend giving me a "koan". It wasn't any famous one, like "What is one hand clapping". It was given to me because my spiritual friend saw where i was getting in the way of realizing my original nature. After that i was instructed to meditate, but at a certain time i had done all you can do with meditation, and then it was no longer required. So many teachers, i think the ones that are still asleep, require one to keep meditating. For me this is not necessary, and it becomes a ritual that actually gets in the way of spontaneously living in ones own Buddha mind. It becomes a religious exercise, with the person believing that it is a necessary part of being a good Buddhist. This is just rote behavior. At first meditation helps one create a foundation for living constantly in the own Buddha nature. Then one must be able to live this way all the time, no matter what they are doing.
I have enjoyed and gleaned a lot from reading Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's books. But he was a religious leader of a very specific school of Buddhism. He was raised from an early age to be a Lama. He speaks only of his school, and what his teachers taught him in Tibet. He is just another blade of grass, a dead one at that. :)

Chana