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Taking a Chance: The Reservoir of Trust

September 7, 2010

Next month, Pema Chödrön will present teachings from Chögyam Trungpa’s book Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery to a sold-out audience of 3,000 in the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. I’ll be there to soak in Pema’s teachings and also to present meditation instructions. There has been so much interest in the seminar that a live webcast will also be available. There could be thousands more people taking part in this event, joining us via a live Internet hookup.

The thought keeps popping up in my mind that this is an extraordinary opportunity for all of us. How auspicious that so many human beings could gather together to meditate and study fear and fearlessness. It’s one of the last times that Pema will be teaching a big seminar like this in California, which also makes it very special.

One of the teachings in the book that captures people’s attention, and which I think Pema will speak about in California, is the reservoir of trust. This is what Chögyam Trungpa says about it in Smile at Fear:

The reservoir of trust is a very simple, straightforward idea. If we accept a challenge and take certain steps to accomplish something, the process will yield results—either success or failure. When you sow a seed or plant a tree, either the  seed will germinate, the tree will grow, or it will die. Similarly, for the inquisitive  warrior, trust means that we know that our actions will bring a definite response from reality. We know that we will get a message. Failure generally is telling us  that our action has been undisciplined and inaccurate in some way. Therefore, it fails. When our action is fully disciplined, it usually is fulfilled; we have success.   But those responses are not regarded as either punishment or congratulations.

Trust, then, is being willing to take a chance, knowing that what goes up must come down, as they say. When a warrior has that kind of trust in the reflections of the phenomenal world, then he or she can trust his or her individual discovery of goodness. Communication produces results: either success or failure. That is how the fearless warrior relates with the universe, not by remaining alone and insecure, hiding away, but by constantly being exposed to the phenomenal world and constantly being willing to take that chance.

What a liberating view: that you can trust both the successes and the failures in your life. We learn from both. Trusting in both success and failure gives us permission to take chances without being so afraid of the repercussions—because whatever the repercussions are, they are part of our path.

Shambhala Publications is offering five free admissions to the the Online Weekend Retreat with Pema Chödrön, to be chosen randomly from those who leave a comment below over the next 2 days.  So, take a chance! Enter the contest! To enter please leave a comment about the “reservoir of trust” excerpt above. What does it mean to you?

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611 Responses to Taking a Chance: The Reservoir of Trust

  • Loraine Beyer says:

    Trust to me is very similar to "no doubt". Regardless of apparent or near-term results, there is no doubt that the path the warrior has taken is one that will ultimately lead to basic goodness becoming more manifest.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:19 am

  • armand huet de grenier says:

    karma flows with magnificent
    accu race see !
    be-hold !

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:20 am

  • Kristina says:

    So lessons learned result from lack of discipline. Sounds about right!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:22 am

  • Barbara Monahan says:

    I recently experienced my reservoir of trust. Here is my experience:

    We use patterns to help us move through everyday life, to cope through tough times and reduce stress. Our patterns can be helpful and healthy or harmful and unhealthy. Routines are established patterns such as the route we take to get to and from work, the meals and times we eat throughout the day, the number of cigarettes smoked and hanging with negative or positive people.

    Many times we are not aware that we are living through these patterns.

    I became aware of a harmful pattern to coping with fear when my mother had surgery last October. I was dealing with the ball of fear in my belly by withdrawing and eating tons of sweets. Instead of working to shift the pattern, I decided to accept it and ride it out by staying aware of what was happening and learning more about myself.

    As I write this blog post, I am sitting in the waiting room of the hospital where my husband is having surgery. Several weeks ago his surgery was scheduled and I saw myself starting to move into withdrawal and beginning sugar indulgence. I decided that it was time to learn how to shift this pattern and I saw three steps I needed to take.

    Step 1: understand the fear

    Step 2: stay engaged in life

    Step 3: eat healthy, stay away from sugar

    Understanding fear: I spoke about my fear with a therapist. She acknowledged my fear and reassured me that this is a human reaction to the surgery. She suggested that I acknowledge the fear and comfort it as if it was a small scared child by telling the fear that it is welcome and that I understand its need to tell my body that surgery is a scary thing. As I did this I could feel the fear subside.

    Stay engaged: It was hard to show up for CrossFit workouts because my brain came up with a ton of reasons not to workout. I wanted to crawl into a ball and let this experience pass on its own. Coach Aileen enlightened me to the fact that men tend to work out their fears and stress through physical means. She suggested I chop down a tree or swing a sledge hammer. This motivated me to get to my CrossFit workouts. And I will be ripping out that tree this week! I also took part in a river cleanup and felt great at the accomplishment of taking a canoe full of garbage off the river.

    Eat healthy: I committed to do a Paleo challenge with CrossFit Rising. This gives me accountability outside of myself and will keep me away from the sweets.

    Bill’s surgeon just came into the waiting room to tell us that the surgery went well. He is now headed for recovery and… so am I. The steps I have put in place will help me develop a new pattern and I can apply what I learned to other harmful patterns I become aware of in the future.

    What patterns do you have?

    What steps do you take to shift harmful patterns?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:25 am

  • Rose Ann Mancias says:

    it means letting go of the shore of suffering, pushing off into the middle of the raging stream, celebrating with others as we float into the opportunites of vast openness.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:26 am

  • Chris Bellevie says:

    I love that the internet is being used this way and this sounds like a great opportunity.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:29 am

  • Irene Woodard says:

    Remembering my teacher,
    I fall into the reservoir of trust,
    big splash

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:30 am

  • Ingrid Jejina says:





    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:30 am

  • Pauline says:

    What a wonderfully simple, yet powerful concept. Maybe after all Fear is not the mind killer. Maybe instead, the fear that comes from the mind, is the killer to our personal growth and happiness, simply because whenever we let it lead us it keeps us from accepting the world as it is and learning the lessons that come with all that. Wonderful. Definite food for thought.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:30 am

  • Phylliss says:

    I recognize my tendency to see failure as punishment and success as reward. I recognize how liberating it would be to regard both as messages, and to have a "reservoir of trust" im "individual discovery of goodness".

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:30 am

  • Llani says:

    I have known in this way to be free!. Thank you Pema.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:31 am

  • Lisa Steckler says: be reminded of success and failure, trusting and learning, even when it is most uncomfortable. How quickly I forget and remain in the belief that whatever is happening is somehow THE truth.
    Sometimes feeling stuck but always asking
    "How am I to work with this one?!!"
    IT is part of path
    Thoughts are clouds

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:32 am

  • T. Mourningdove says:

    These words offer good encouragement for "Facing one's Fear", a practice that needs constant encouragement for me.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:33 am

  • Bonnie says:

    Trust is hard and goes slowly when one's early life was fear based.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:33 am

  • David Wimberly says:

    No matter how hard you push fear away, there you are in it.
    Fearlessly embracing our fearful feelings, we become gentle warriors.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:34 am

  • Karen Idoine says:

    "This makes me think, too, of Carlos Castenada's assertion that "discipline is the art of awe". So, the challenge is to remain open, in awe of what the world offers.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:34 am

  • John D. says:

    I became a student of Rinpoche's in the mid-1970s. Unfortunately the 'reservoir of trust' had a hole in it, so nothing much accumulated. I now see that I understood almost nothing, even though I meditated a lot and participated in numerous retreats. The cycle of success and failure - mostly failure - led to a climax a few years agod and I was somehow given a chance to start over. After a lifetime of extreme self-centeredness, I think I have finally experienced what is referred to as the awakening of bodhicitta. I have definitely begun to be able to hear the teachings. I see now that I really can trust both the failures and the successes in my life.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:35 am

  • Laura Duggan says:

    The reservoir of trust is no less than reaching into my own buddhanature; it is always there, I can trust it, it is what I am. The reactions of failure and success arise when I think that there is an "I" making these choices. When I trust the flow of the universe, there is no blame for failure, no great ego pats for success.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:35 am

  • Shala says:

    The reservoir of trust - Rather than be caught up in & indulging judgment about failures (which used to push me over into despair), learning to see both the failures & the successes as only a part of the path allows for joy. I can laugh at both, I can learn from both, I can use both to help me <>. And I can find more courage & willingness to keep doing what I must do ---> work at dispelling the miseries of the world.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:36 am

  • jolguin-tayler says:

    instead of grasping or running, i can chose to stay here. i can be with fear. look at it, dive in, examine, feel it without holding on or rejecting.
    when i can’t take full breaths, i can choose to feel fully each of the short ones. their edges, where it gets caught in my throat, how it’s pushed out, how it brings wind into my mouth...
    it’s ok to be afraid.
    i am afraid. i am angry.
    but…i want to choose to re-give trust, to not hold on to hurt, and, instead, just sit here with all the hurt--
    because it needs to be swum in.
    i can choose to let go, and it will still be here.
    and i so i’ll let it go again and continuously
    while i just sit here with it
    it turns over and changes with me as i stay here

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:39 am

  • Leanna Stoufer says:

    I just spent a weekend on an Outward Bound retreat for survivors of sexual assault. I had many chances to look at how I manifest fear and some opportunities to look at the nature of my fears. I am intrigued with the role that fear plays in my healing journey. Whether or not I get to watch the webcast, I am hoping to get to read the book, Smile at Fear. Thank you!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:41 am

  • mike says:

    step by step, seed by seed, the crop of fearlessness is gradually planted and will slowly but surely grow.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:45 am

  • Helena Ringner says:

    My Dharma name means "all-embracing trust of the heart". It has been 10 years since I received it, and I still feel that contemplating it just might be all the practice I need in this lifetime.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:46 am

  • Adrienne Papermaster says:

    This brings to mind the Kasung slogan "not afraid to be a fool" - being willing to go beyond my own fear of making mistakes and taking a leap into that reservoir of trust. Being able to receive the feedback from the phenomenal world with humor and joy!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:46 am

  • Berna Wang says:

    no expectations —so no fear! Everything is part of the path, what a relief! :-)

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:49 am

  • Bruce Pasha says:

    This approach of trusting in our basic goodness seems to be much more sane way to relate to the world than the Cosmic Catalogue- you can have it all approach found in the current self help programs like The Secret and suchlike.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

  • Mike Mulhern says:

    Taking a chance requires that I become willing to be vulnerable as well as open to whatever life has in store for me...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:58 am

  • Lisa Johnston says:

    Smiling at fear..feeling good about failure...welcoming pain. Why is it so hard to remember there is no thing to fight against?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:59 am

  • Renee Flower says:

    To succeed or fail requires a pre-determined goal. If one acts without expectation without thoughts about obtaining satisfaction that one will gain something that has been defined in advance, one has the freedom to inquire, to be curious about the present. A certain kind of fear and anxiety is connected to having a preconceived notion of "success" or "failure." Drop the preconceptions and be present with experience. A scientist cannot force the research program to deliver a particular outcome, nor can we live our lives with the expectation that our preconceived notions and goals will be the natural outcome of our efforts. Fear attached to expectation will recede with focus on the present - by looking at it and being in the present moment instead disconnecting from the present and looking toward some expected goal. To smile at to be present and open to possibility...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

  • laura simms says:

    the combination of Trungpa, Rinpoche and Pema Chodron brings these teachings into our every day life with unmitigated potency. Recently, working in Haiti in camps with mothers and children, I recovered each evening with these teachings.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:02 am

  • Eriall says:

    Tapping into the resevoir of trust seems like staying in an indifferent, unconditional faith in the moment. Where even though you may be experiencing fear, you choose to experience from inside the Now, which doesn't care if you win or lose.
    I used to be so very afraid of putting my dearest opinions online, in places like this where I knew anyone could see them & know what I thought, but in putting myself out there over & over, whether anyone read it & responded or not, whether anyone knew it was me, and even after one sleepless fearful night, I've worked my way around to seeing, it's worth it expose your innards, whether anyone else understands, appreciates, or not.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:10 am

  • KarinaK says:

    Learning to trust oneself is one of the hardest yet also the most rewarding steps on the path.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:12 am

  • Neil says:

    Interesting concept. It certainly resonates with me.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

  • Alanda Wraye says:

    Recognizing that the phenomenal world is reflecting the state of my mind not only gives me information, it is a resource I can trust for guidance. Living in this view has rescued me many times from seeming grave danger, and in so doing has revealed to me the wild richness and reality of basic goodness that I can orient to regardless of circumstances.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

  • arlin says:

    whether the approach is gradual or direct, tapping into the reservoir of trust comes from connecting with that which is unchanging; i.e., the nature of mind.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

  • Marc Olmsted says:

    Two possible 21st Century mind training slogans...

    From "Dune":

    Fear is the mind killer.

    From the film "Hamlet 2":

    Hope is a demon bitch.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:17 am

  • Marc Olmsted says:

    Two possible 21st Century mind training slogans:

    From "Dune":

    Fear is the mind killer.

    From the film "Hamlet 2":

    Hope is a demon bitch.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:18 am

  • Patricia says:

    I step off the cliff
    either the air will buoy
    my body
    I will die
    I will fly
    I comfort
    air molecules
    in their spinning

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:28 am

  • Susan Gallegos says:

    Fortifying trust by viewing it and affirming it helps to utilize it unconsciously and thereby act without fearful hesitancies.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:29 am

  • Michael Mallett says:

    I saw a quote this weekend that resonates in many ways to the approach outlined above:

    "Manifestation is empowered by clear intention."

    While I am unsure as to the source, this is my current mind slogan.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:29 am

  • david beam says:

    musician stage fright
    public speaking fear

    not as simple as expression

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

  • Susan Hubley says:

    This has been my struggle all my life. I'm afraid, and sometimes I chicken out, but once in a while I push myself to act as if I trust, and then I do.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

  • Jen says:

    Honoring fear as an integral part of the practice of warriorship.

    With gratitude for this offering!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:39 am

  • lisa says:

    Trust means not fearing to feel fear.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:39 am

  • lillianb says:

    I think most often of how I try to get ground. Fear, I wonder, may be the desire to resolve what we see before us - rather than being present with it...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:40 am

  • John gallus says:

    What a great passage to study. Trust and fear. One there is so little of in the world and one there is an overabundance of. When we realize that we are truly not alone our perpective on this changes.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:42 am

  • Ekena Rae says:

    fear of failure can be really scary, it can keep you stuck
    it's definitely a leap of faith
    only by taking a chance can you grow or experience anything new

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:43 am

  • Vernon Crumrine says:

    Trust begins with ourselves. We cannot learn to trust in the philosophies and ideas espoused by others if we do not first trust ourselves.

    Similarly, overcoming the natural fear of others arises from first learning to overcome the fear of oneself...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:44 am

  • Fullest says:

    Without attachment to the results of actions we have no clinging, desire or aversion. Therefore when we are mindful fear does not arise.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:44 am

  • dromanell says:

    Fear has hounded me since childhood - so much that it's manifested in my life as illness, addiction, and depression. I really am tired of being afraid.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:45 am

  • Lorna says:

    To believe that life is always teaching me--that life always offers something that IS my way--this is trust, and when I trust, I find such deep happiness.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

  • Anne Mihalcheon says:

    What this means to me is asking hard questions (to yourself and others). To face the outcomes of those questions even though you may fear the answers. To have trust in yourself that you can handle it and learn by it.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

  • Bill Busch says:

    Trust can be a warriors biggest strength...however, when one fails, learning to trust again is the biggest test of all!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:48 am

  • Gelong Tashi says:

    In theistic traditions, they say, "trust God, not people" perhaps for our path, we might say, "trust mind... Period!"

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:48 am

  • Nicola Staudinger says:

    Grieving over abandonment of a loved do you trust if that trust has been broken...multiple times. Feel very heartbroken and there hope to trust oneself and others again?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

  • Fullest says:

    Without attachment to results - we will have no clinging,desire or aversion. Therefore being mindful fear does not arise.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

  • Suzanne Sternlicht says:

    The desire to run, to hide, to protect is the only way to truly fail. Thank you for this teaching

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

  • Christine says:

    Here is a view from Master Sheng Yen:
    "When you encounter success, you don't think that you have created it. Don't get too excited or proud of yourself. Your success happened for a reason and came to pass because of many people and circumstances. If you work hard at something but find that too many obstacles prevent you from accomplishing it, you may have to give up. In that case, you shouldn't get depressed. Conditions aren't right. Perhaps this will change, perhaps it won't. You are not a failure. Becoming upset only causes suffering"

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

  • Bourge Hathaway says:

    Fear has many forms. Could it be the fear I face today is not a crisis of confidence after all, but a lack of trust?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:51 am

  • elaine martin says:

    i would love to smile at fear.... and success and failure???? well you have to do something with your life so you might as well respond in the most intelligent way you can which means using your heart and your mind. so just follow your prajna and do your best and then whatever with it.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

  • jenifer martin says:

    Trusting in both success and failure is valuable on a personal level, but bringing this to a public level (policies, public initiatives, ect..), the challenges and consequences change radically..... How to do that?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

  • Pammy says:

    whatever we do
    we do
    we had fun

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

  • L D says:

    The difficult part is to remain vulnerable throughout it all, and not withdraw.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

  • Kay Taylor says:

    I think of this teaching as the willingness to Be, trusting in the perfection of everything, able to move our path along with a clear heart and strong intention, yet seeing the accurate reflection of all of our underlying energies through the results.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

  • Jody Berger says:

    The nice thing about the reservoir of trust is that it is always there, always available and accessible.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

  • Heather says:

    I like the use of the word reservoir as a depository for fearlessness where I entrust that, through action and discipline, I learn to swim. The quantifiable result of disciplined action is unknown and beside the point (sink or swim?). Rather, to act from basic goodness, which may touch into and pass through my fear, affirms a certain trust in the outcome. To trust in myself is a fearless act, the act of letting go and smiling at fear.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

  • Elle says:

    Such a freeing concept to think that taking the plunge and trusting the outcome to teach you rather than stand safe of the shore because of fear of failure.

    Very empowering message.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

  • Bill Allen says:

    The image of a child assembling a puzzle comes to my mind... If he only puts a puzzle piece into a space with absolute certaintly that it's the right piece, then the puzzle is probably doomed to never being completed. Instead if she tries lots of pieces in the vacant space, then many of those trials will be "failures" but each one brings her closer to finding the right piece and also closer to completing the puzzle. Oh, to approach our journey as an inquisitive child "trying out the world" for the first time, with no judgement as good or bad for checking the fit of many pieces to find out what completes our puzzle.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

  • glenn shifflet says:

    It seems to be true in my life - that when i trust that the outcome of my efforts will be as they should, i am not disappointed.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

  • glenn williams says:

    Sometimes our greatest failures lead to great success, never fear.....fear strikes out....

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

  • mark i. says:

    Houston Smith reminds us that, "One of the ways that truth betrays the fact that it is such, is in the care it takes to remain elusive."

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

  • M. Stevens says:

    So simple to consider trust when it is just trust in a result - any result. We are conditioned to cling to a "hoped for" result and not to accept whatever transpires. This conditioning also undermines true trust by connecting it closely to fear, turning it into something else.

    Thanks to Trungpa Rinpoche for pointing this out and to Pema for continuing the teaching. He/she have helped me more in fewer words than all other teachings I have heard or read.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

  • Ojii-san says:

    Borrowing a thought from Vaclav Havel:

    " (my paraphrase) Hope lies not in investing one's self in an undertaking that is obviously destined for success. It is not about doing something because it will succeed. It is, instead, doing a thing because it is worth doing, whether it succeeds or not."

    Trust is very much like hope, I think.

    As for "failure", it is important to learn the truth in this idea: "Nothing happens to me. Everything that happens, happens for me."

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

  • Maggie O'Brien says:

    I like the thought of being able to trust in failure as well as success. So many of us , myself included, are so afraid of being afraid (sounds redundant of course) or failing. We believe that being afraid or afraid of failure means we have something wrong with us instead of it just being and moving forward.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

  • Leah R. Vineberg says:

    Call yourself forward. In that presence, step forward, be willing. Hold that space: everything is there, you/ I have now united with everything, everybody, just by being here. Results released already. Already free. But more bravery is asked: Connect. Open. Move forward in trust. Truly new now, the circumstances are tingling. This can only be good.

    shanti to the sangha!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

  • mary ellen deckelmann says:

    deliciously touches my heart ...and has so supported me in understanding the limited human condition....we/I have created for myself/ourselves. She make it so easy to see the illusion we have created about reality. When I swim in the present a whole new way of showing up presents itself and allows me to touch into so much more than my limited perspective of reality....

    I love that Pema a woman, has so much humility and humor on how she gets hooked and unhooked and what it means to be human when wearing blinders. I love her clarity and how she effortlessly makes meaning out of all that we are presented with in this life....

    I feel so blessed to have found Pema. She models to me what is possible in me. I know that just like Pema ...I too can bring..forth..clarity and support other to align with their highest knowing and intentions ...That I can support others and myself in leading our reawakening as a species .into the our next evolution of ourselves....or uncovering what is already present that patiently waits to be manifested in a new way.
    ......Pema is Big Truth, Big Love, Big Heart for me and I am grateful to have spent many hours with her on CD's and through her books.
    ......Namaste' Mary Ellen ....Bend, Oregon...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:03 am

  • Laurie says:

    The notion of a reservoir of trust dovetails neatly with some of the most helpful cognitive therapies we have - modern psychology's logic-based practice of disarming fear and anxiety by asking oneself over and over again, "Well, and so what? What if that actually DID happen?", diving deeper each time till the fear is not fear. The fearless warrior leans into this reservoir, this trust, as deeply as the fear may be acute or complex, yet stay buoyant. For the warrior, the reservoir of seeing the world in this way is always full. It can be trusted, and it generates trust. It is safe, though one's thoughts might not always be safe. It's a reservoir of spirit, soft and accepting.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

  • Suzanne says:

    It's like planting seeds in the garden. It is the dark earth of the unknown, and I plant anyway.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

  • Joan says:

    So, I enter this challenge knowing that either I succeed or fail (in being admitted to the online retreat). Either way, I can trust that! I can also enter this day, and every day, with the same perspective. Bring it on! I think...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

  • Kevin Lawler says:

    This autumn -
    why am I growing old?
    bird disappearing among clouds.

    It’s still summer,
    but the first cool evening has descended
    from the mountains.
    In my mind
    people up there move slowly
    and sing from their windows at night.
    The train is crying out on 13th street again.
    Perhaps this is why I keep
    thinking of the past.
    Fireworks off in the distance.
    Thrilling explosions of sparks and color
    sponsored by an insurance company.
    In the north, young birds,
    who have never been
    beyond their grassy cove,
    unknowingly prepare
    to fly over the swollen
    curve of the earth.
    The river of time
    is moving so quickly
    through my body.
    Sun-flashed years,
    whole seasons of love, have passed
    through my hands.
    Just when I think I know
    the direction of things
    there comes another stripping away.
    Another loss
    and I am left with the sun,
    the wind, and hunger.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:08 am

  • Donna Davis says:

    At every moment we are faced with choices that can bring us success or failure. Once we can trust enough in ourselves to accept the outcome from our choices, whatever they may be, then fear isn't so scary. We are going to grow and learn from what ever happens. It may not always be pleasant or easy, but we will become stronger and more able to face anything that is in our path. We become clearer and ultimately more happy.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:09 am

  • kenny goodacre says:

    Be true to yourself. Go with the flow. Do your best.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:09 am

  • Anita Boehm says:

    As we navigate the reservoir of trust, let gratitude be your compass. When we take a moment to pause and express gratitude for even the smallest of blessings that occur during life's challenges, new beginnings, etc., gratitude creates a supporting realization that we are gaining from both our successes and failures.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

  • Sueli Rocha says:

    easy said than done

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

  • Daryl says:

    Just keep unhooking.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:11 am

  • Premadasi says:

    When I view the whole of life as the path, no matter what happens, I am whole and at peace. When I separate from any one thing and say "that is not me" then I am lost and alone.

    thank you. deep bow.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:12 am

  • Karen Leeds says:

    opening up to what is... skillfully, brutally, tenderly engaging with life, sense of self, dissolving ground, losing one's illusion of control, expanding one's portal of perception, infusing one's conflicting beliefs with duality. Trusting reality.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:12 am

  • Kelly Epperson says:

    My name is Kelly, which means warrior. I am finally finally finally believing in my name, and learning to trust.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:12 am

  • Erin says:

    "Exposure to the phenomenal world..." An image of jumping off a cliff comes to mind. Both scary and exhilarating.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:14 am

  • Ted Williamson says:

    It's the opposite of the Homer Simpson philosophy: "You tried and you failed. The lesson is, never try." Willingness to fail is a prerequisite for a full life.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:17 am

  • Vina says:

    The resevoir speaks
    to the knowledge held within;
    faith in compassion.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

  • Kathy Wright says:

    With this kind of trust, one can be in the moment with the effort, without regard to the result.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

  • Susan Neden says:

    The line that speaks to me is .. That is how the fearless warrior relates with the universe, not by remaining alone and insecure, hiding away, but by constantly being exposed to the phenomenal world and constantly being willing to take that chance. It normalizes the approach of constantly being exposed.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

  • Lisa Persons says:

    I just decided not to teach a class that I had offered due to numbers enrolled and my own fear. I saw this as failure in some way - not stepping out. But the offering WAS a stepping out, the small numbers and my fear revealed a misalignment. Now I am focusing on the discovery of goodness - the invitation to press on and work on my alignment with the divine.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

  • Jan Kozlowski says:

    I've found that the Reservoir of Trust philosophy serves me particularly well as a writer. As long as I am writing, creating and submitting work I will yield results. Sometimes the result will be a published piece and sometimes it will be a rejection, but that is just part of the process and the journey.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

  • Diane says:

    To me it means being engaged with the world. It means taking action. It also means not putting expectations on the the results of our actions hence allowing things to unfold as our teacher. it has a felt sense of curiosity rather than rigid control of outcome and ultimately I feel myself opening up to operating from freedom and spaciousness.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

  • Kathy O. says:

    "Being willing to take that chance:" I often feel resistance to someone's perspective--that tight feeling inside--and that is fear. But in those moments when I can let go of my self-protection--enter into their reality without judgement--there is no fear. The external trappings ("I must do and believe this") drop away, and I see the person as they truly are, a fellow human being wanting to give love. The discipline is "undiscipline", always undoing, unlearning...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

  • Mary Sherman says:

    Two things: First, resevoir of trust to me is about allowing every moment to unfold and not arguing with reality - what is. This is what creates suffering.
    Second: "trusting in both the successes and the failures." Yes, I can learn from both, but I would change (redirect those words/that line of thinking)to say, there are no successes, no failures, everything is simply unfolding through it's natural progression and I will go forward and see what and where my mind wants to see and experience.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:23 am

  • Hallie M says:

    I struggled many years with the term "faith". What I hear Rinpoche talking about is faith in the teachings of the Buddha, taking refuge in the teachings, having trust/faith in the dharma.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

  • Lillianb says:

    The concept of a resevoir of trust is fascinating - where the focus is on the process - one's intent and actions, rather than the outcome.

    Only recently have I begun to think of fear as a way of getting ground by projecting a resolution onto a situation. I am relieved when I'm able to relax as outcomes emerge without my projections (not that I'm very good at observing that!)

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the Online retreat. What a lovely gesture!

    And thanks for sharing this information.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

  • elle drury says:

    Finally I am taking the challenges presented to me and I feel liberated because instead of hiding behind the couch, I can accept the actions I have initiated and feel true freedom in my decisions..Yes!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:26 am

  • Kirsty Karkow says:

    Trust and acceptance of the results. In this way every action can be a learning experience. Easier said than done but oh, such a worthy goal.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

  • Diane says:

    I think when you have trust in the process or the journey, it's easy to accept the results even if they may look like a "failure."

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

  • Mo Sila says:

    Failing with gusto.
    This is true liberation.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

  • Parlan McGaw says:

    "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."
    - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

  • JE Atkins says:

    Personally, I see that I am able to recall my failures more easily than my successes... but they are there too.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:29 am

  • Ed Tormay says:

    This teaching speaks to each and every moment,but at times,it seems,this has special resonance. This moment,right now,is such a moment as I end one "career" and begin another,knowing that it is all one and the same path. The absence of any sort of distinction between the 2 gives freedom in its truest sense.The way is always the "right" way which embraces all in all.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:29 am

  • Linda says:

    Neither success nor failure, just causes and conditions...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:32 am

  • Jaimal says:

    I'm very excited to read this book and hear more from Pema on the topic. Thank you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:33 am

  • Jim Dunn says:

    Developing trust or confidence in the path is both challenging and essential. As the poet said, "A false sense of security is only kind there is"

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:33 am

  • Sarah Jane says:

    When I observe my own organism as part of the universe every dualism dissolves (a smooth continuum appears where we thought there was a a rigid boundary)

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:33 am

  • Nadia says:

    For many years I barely acknowledged Fear when I encountered him at my door. He knocked often, but my time to come out of hiding was not yet. Now I am starting to take a bold move and peak outside. Sometimes, I slam the door trembling, but I’m starting to get a glimpse at the beautiful world calling to me outside of my walls of comfort. I’m so thankful that Pema’s teachings have entered my heart and vision. I sense that as seeds of love are sown all over our dry crackling earth, in time, roots of trust will spread and take hold and that this is the way it is meant to be. Let it rain.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:34 am

  • Lorraine Christensen says:

    Welcoming all situations with sincere curiosity; confidence in one's respect for life, intelligence and willingness to generate increased well being.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:34 am

  • Christine Ardagh says:

    We came to be in human form so that we could fully experience the sensations, challenges and limitations of this form. Engage, engage, engage... to truly learn the lessons of being human and to explore and experience all the possibilities and gifts that are there waiting for us.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:34 am

  • mo da says:

    Fear is not knowing how to swim and being ain water and thinking you are going to drown. Trust is then learning how to swim.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

  • Emily Bade says:

    This isn't a dress rehearsal.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:36 am

  • Shelli Pawlu says:

    Failures and accomplishments. They have all made me what I am today.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:37 am

  • Stefan Rauch says:

    I find that observing an anomaly is more interesting in the presence of music.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

  • Cathy Goodman says:

    Trusting the process in all it's many facets has been the central theme of my life and I haven't found it a very easy theme to deal with! I find that it is difficult to even trust myself as I let myself down constantly so how then can I trust others or the process? This is my struggle at facing my fears and smiling at them.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

  • Lorraine Christensen says:

    Willingness to be sincerely curious. Confidence in one's respect for life, basic intelligence and willingness to generate well being.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

  • Jim Jackson says:

    I was a mistake in my dad's life so, at 18-months of age. he gave me to my grandfather raise. He was born in 1867, two years after our Civil War, and raised me until I was 14-years old. We were farmers in rural central Georgia. He was a transcendentalist - as close to being Buddhist as one could be in his time and place. He taught me so much; the most valuable teaching he gave me was to "pay attention." A practice I now know as mindfulness.

    As a farmer, living so close to the land, his reservoir of trust was deep and solid. In fact, I'm quite sure that for him there was no difference between trust and faith. On my tenth birthday, he placed an apple seed in my palm and ask me what I saw there. I said, an apple seed. He said look closer. It's just an apple seed grandpa what do you see? He replied with, "Beautiful spring blossoms and warm apple pies." He cut the seed open and ask what I saw inside. I said nothing. He said, "You're close. It's not nothing, it's no thing ... because everything is in there to manifest its true nature." He told me all things are this way - including me. He said that when he planted a seed, he trusted that the seed and the earth recognized their kinship and knew what to do with each other ... and that the results would be in accordance with the natural order of things. He concluded by saying that if people could recognize their kinship to all that's around them, the world would be a lot less troubled place.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

  • Dawn SImon says:

    A reminder to just BE, put forth life, live, it is what it is, not right or wrong, it just is.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

  • Amanda wolfson says:

    Trusting the universe is key. When we make a choice and take a risk love and trust will show you the path.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:41 am

  • Rochelle Weithorn says:

    The reservoir of Trust is the feeling in one's heart when one wants to go forward with an idea which might seem right spiritually, but make no sense at all (let's say) economically.One feels our Guru, the lineage and the earth will protect us. One asks for blessings from our teacher, the lineage and one goes forward. The Reservoir of Trust fills our entire being with devotion, love and the strength to forge ahead.It's a Trust based on faith in all that is good in our world.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:43 am

  • Linda Krause says:

    What a gift - to see the balance in life - successes and failures - yin and yang - both necessary for the whole.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:43 am

  • Linda Allen says:

    From birth until the age of fifty, this "reservoir of trust" did not exist for me. Instead, I had a "reservoir of fear"--of my family, of some demographic groups, and of my society at large. When there is no security to build upon at the very beginning of life, it is indescribably difficult to manufacture at a later age. The pull of preconceived fears is so strong. Yet it can be done. I'm living proof.

    Buddhist wisdom and the kindness of non-Buddhist strangers (I live in a small town in the deep South) have helped me to store up a reservoir of trust. The very people I feared the most are among those who have helped me the most.

    My trust feels hardwon and I find myself clinging to it, afraid that if I lose it, trust and the peace that comes with it will never come back.

    Learning to let go is the hardest thing I've ever done.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

  • Michele Dorsey says:

    If I remember to carefully observe my own reactions and perceptions, and remind myself to notice that trust is always available, the fear melts away.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

  • Joan says:

    The reservoir of trust is a supportive image from which to move forward. Whether something fails or succeeds depends not only on an individual's actions but also on the receptivity at that moment. I have found that an action sometimes has to be repeated until there is an accord in the collective mind and then it appears to be a success. A reservoir refills itself and can be called on again and again.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

  • Beate Giesselmann says:

    The discovery of the reservoir of trust means: I never imagined that life could be so easy to live.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

  • George Kelly says:

    Jumping out out of the airplane of your life without a parachute.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

  • Paul Cattermole says:

    If there was one thing that brought me to the Shambhala path it was my desire to deal with fear. All my life I have struggled with a pervasive poverty mentality. I am now a tantrika and have enjoyed a lot of success in dealing with fear. However I still have ways to go and work daily at dealing with this fear. Being able to participate in the webcast would be wonderful.

    Paul Cattermole

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

  • Joan Willoe says:

    The Reservoir of Trust is the Art and Practice of being fully Human and still Open/Awake in a world in which the experience of life is unpredictable.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

  • George Kelly says:

    jumping out of the airplane of your life, without a parachute.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

  • Joey says:

    it means paddling the boat upstream knowing that skill and training will move the boat forward from the harbors previously perceived safety.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

  • Leslie Darling says:

    The reservoir of trust is there, part of our confusion is that we don't know it's there and so choose not to take the risk. The only sure thing is that if we don't plant the seed; take the risk, there most likely won't be a tree. Another sure thing is that it is our choice. Take the risk? or not?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

  • arlette says:

    When I can smile at my fear I am not alone, I am trusting and I am empty.

    I - am not
    But, not I am.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:53 am

  • Ken Gregory says:

    I think trust is inherent in all beings because of dependent origination; it's only when trust is broken, by us, or something else that we lose our trust and diminish our capacity to communicate and dialogue.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

  • JM Delany says:

    I have slipped away from my sense of trust this past year
    and cannot seem to come to a place of peace with "it is what it is"...
    The literal concepts are empty when having lived in that place of trust, and admittedly now acknowledge a level
    of self judgment about feeling like driftwood bobbing about.
    I want to get back to sense of beong ok with being that piece of wood, trusting that in that moment it is not a powerless place.
    I must be reaching out because I would otherwise not write such a post..

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

  • Laura Bernabei says:

    My belief system now is "Everything is perfect just the way it is." After I state that I usually add that it only took me 14 years of intensive therapy to get there and now that I think about it more ... 47 years of huge hurdles.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:56 am

  • Joell Stebelton says:

    An acorn has everything it needs inside to become an oak. Trust is falling from the tree onto either the forest floor or a driveway.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:56 am

  • Noreen Casey says:

    As I practiced doing mindfulness meditation and became aware of no-self one of the marvellous realisations I had was that I was now equipped to deal with anything, whether good or bad, in my life. I can take a chance and it is not so much that I will be protected, but that the practice will ensure that I will not be overwhelmed. Each success and each failure helps to strengthen the inner knowledge of no-self. Hearing it again and again also helps to steady me.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

  • michael says:

    Freedom has come from facing my fears.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

  • Alicia says:

    I would love to go to this. Found out too late to purchase a ticket. Thanks for offering this opportunity!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

  • Mollie says:

    Every day is a remeeting for me of this idea. I know it - then a new opportunity arises and I revisit the to do or not to do questions. I am thankful for the well worded thought/humanism shared in this lesson. It is encouraging.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

  • Adair says:

    I trust that everything is going to work out how it's supposed to be and will most likely turn out better than my dreams could imagine. Letting it unfold without fear is a different story.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

  • sanneke says:

    Isnt it wonderful how we can use the internet for streaming such important teachings all over the world to so many people at one time.In stead of walking for days, travelling for years, sweeping the masters floor for months or standing on one leg for years, we just have to " click" and there they are: live changing teachings of the old masters. How fortunate are we all.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

  • mary says:

    Trust that any failure or success is an opening for growth.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:05 am

  • Onnie Thatcher says:

    Putting oneself "out there" is one of the most difficult tasks. Feeling vulnerability is difficult, especially in a fear-based society. BUT without the feeling of failure, one cannot feel success. They inter-are. Trusting that we are all human and if your intentions are pure, the results can be fulfilling.

    If one can practice enough to not be attached to either side of failure or success, human interaction can be rewarding and can benefit all beings.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:06 am

  • Ryan Ange says:


    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

  • Catherine says:

    We always need reinforcement that trust is so liberating, we all are often frightened of trust and what it will expose us to in our daily lives. I might disagree with one statement concerning the planting of a seed and that it either grows or dies. To me the concept of 'not growing' is death, it is just that it does not grow and manifests in ways we may not appreciate.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:08 am

  • Janet Simonsen says:

    I am new to these teachings and reading "Smile at Fear" now. My heart is wide open...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

  • Leela Prasaud says:

    Pema's books and techings have resonated with me. Fear and trust are some of the themes that I am working on and this will be an excellent opportunity to participate.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

  • sue says:

    Failing this contest ;-/
    Succeeding ;-
    Taking a chance in the reservoir of trust ;-]
    Reassuring randomness ...

    The live webcast is such a great idea.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

  • Verónica says:

    yeah, sometimes the phenomenal world feels overhelming. And "To be constantly exposed to the phenomenal world"... Well, we are anyway... the clue it seems to be the "willing" part... LOL Gracias & saludos!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

  • Nina Coil says:

    The connection that I make between this description of trust and what I have learned from Pema Chodron is that trust emerges when you let go of the shape, the "success," the particular nature of the outcome. The trust in this case is trust that whatever the outcome will be - and there WILL BE an outcome, says Chogyam Trungpa - that outcome, that reaction to what you have set in motion, will be the right reaction. Whether others might judge it as "good" or "bad" - it is the outcome that is merited by the nature of the person who provoked it.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

  • Scott says:

    This view liberates me to act courageously, because I am no longer attached to a single outcome. Trusting that my actions will be rewarded with a message from the world, which in turn becomes a teaching and part of my path, I am freed from the fear of failure.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

  • Chris says:

    Trust then surrender.
    Or, surrender and then trust
    either way brings growth.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

  • Mike Blais says:

    Such a great teaching, as it shows how equanimity, and being open to everyday experiences - without expectation of good/bad - will teach you what you need to work on. If patience is it - there will be times that show you how much you have left to work on. If fear is it - there will be plenty of times this will come up in your actions/reactions. To just "be" without running away...tough to do - but after practice - so worth doing!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

  • Sheila Kircher says:

    When I was a police woman I learned to act in spite of fear. I trusted that I would be protected when kicking in the door of a drug house, or stopping a car where there were guns. Now the trust is different, more inner and deeper. To be myself, to speak my truth, many times in places and with people where I suspect it will not resonate and there will be judgement. But to trust that what is meant to happen will and I again will be protected. And I am.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

  • Carol Burris says:

    Trusting, loving and happiness: what we must aspire to and so very difficult to aquire. Fear is what keeps them out of our reach.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

  • Liz Kelleher says:

    A seed does not toil and strive to grow. It unfolds into it's own nature provided the right ground, the right conditions - light, water, soil. All that is needed for the grass to grow in these right conditions is contained with the seed itself.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

  • Liz Porter says:

    Trust has always been an issue for me, I have taught myself how to trust by reading teachings like these and practicing them, conciously, daily. I have never used my lack of trust as an excuse to not move forward in my life, however, I feel fear but I am not afraid to fail or succeed.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

  • Sherry K. Brown says:

    Trust is a difficult issue for some of us but building a reservoir of trust is a necessary part of being in the moment. It is so wonderful to sit and know that right now is fine and that whatever comes our way is okay too. Trusting that it is neither right or wrong, good or bad, not something we can control or manipulate frees us from suffering.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

  • Conor says:

    Once again, embracing the present in effort to move forward in a positive direction. I can't hear this message enough. Forces me to pause and recognize the important things.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

  • Enrique Balp says:

    Life is an illusion, there is nothing to be feared. It is just the display of karma. Be careful with your actions and live joyfully. Whatever comes comes.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

  • Mary Park says:

    When I trust, the struggle is gone. I work with ease. I am a vehicle in which the words come through me. Show up and do the work. Trust, no matter what will be.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

  • Rosina Linz says:

    In believing that in undertaking an action it is OK whether it is successful or not is true trust. Reaching that place of trust can be challenging. The space one is in prior to reaching the trusting state is the fearful state, overcoming that and taking action is the challenge. What happens to a person, what do they say, hear, or what connection(s) do they make in making that leap of faith? It reminds me of someone leaping off a diving board for the first time, or jumping into a pool of cold water in anticipation of the cold.

    The other challenge is when having taken the action to do that which you wanted to do and then keeping hold of that trust or faith when glimpses of mistrust rears its head.

    Trust is a simple idea, just as mediation is a simple techinique yet it is the simple things that we have to learn to master.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

  • Bruce Grinstead says:

    Trust must come from the love of self, which can only be experienced by embracing the tension of being fully human and fully enlightened. Without love, there is not trust, given or received. Either way, whatever the intent(s)ion of trust, the result is simply there like a plate of uneaten food that you might either like, or not. But it is for all to see. Do not eat from this plate, but rather, continue cooking in your own kitchen.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:29 am

  • Louise M Wright says:

    we can relate directly with our experiences- both positive and negative. we learn from what we love, what we fear and what we hate.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

  • B Onieu says:

    Fear can only be personal. Trust would appear to be the release of the inherent essence within, without obstruction from the personal.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

  • Randy Pratt says:

    The notion that we can't retreat from the world is what I grasp from the "reservoir." To be a Warrior in the World means making decisions and engaging with people. This engagement may succeed or fail but we can have trust that this is all a part of the process instead of seeing it as a positive or negative outcome.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

  • J.D. Kay says:

    Fear! A very resonant entry point of practice for many, many people (including yours truly of course). Reservoir of trust: yes. With his characteristic lucidity TTR tells it like it is. But I guess the next point to be made is that a natural unfolding of life includes feeling fear. Fear is not bad, it just is. But a simple perception of fear can grow beyond itself if we don't perceive it clearly, if we add on our layers of ideas and conditioning. So courage is not the absence of fear but rather to experience fear fully and directly. By doing so we can notice that most of what is there is actually "extra". This does indeed take courage and is what spiritual warriorship is all about. Can we open ourselves up to our lives, to the whole world, completely? If we keep our direction clear, the results of such a practice can be truly extraordinary. The key is of course to pay attention, as Jim Jackson's grandfather so eloquently taught.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

  • Nancy Davis says:

    Maybe it is another form of fear, but there are times I feel my lack of confidence leads to indecision on how to act or whether to take the chance before me. The reservoir of trust is such a nice idea ... that it is there eternally. For me, I may need to work on gaining the confidence to access it continuously. thank you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

  • Denise Fagan says:

    I believe we fear trying something new or learning something new due to fear of failure. The lesson here is that by not trying we do not receive the lesson that can be learned. We view failure as something not good, whereas success as good. But, both will teach us something. Some of our greatest lessons are those that have come from failure. There is always good that comes from bad and that good is a lesson and an insight into who we are. Fear stifles us and holds us in the same place, not learning, not growing, not understanding ourselves more.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:39 am

  • erica says:

    for me the opposite of fear is trust- and my resistance is wrapped up in my thoughts typically my mind,past and future. when I can get present and in my body (gut) it becomes obvious to trust or shift position.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

  • Joanne Dunham says:

    Truth in simple clarity, magnified. Energy is continually moving and does not stand still. Namaste.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:43 am

  • Terri Comstock says:

    There is a saying I try think of when I am face with fear and that is "Leap and the net will appear" by John Burroughs; what these words mean to me is the "net" is trust and the leap is what is so fearful. Leaping with joy is the goal to the net of trust.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

  • Roxana Gramada says:

    I find the simplicity with which both successes and failures are equality treated in the excerpt very liberating. Finding meaning in and struggling for success and avoiding failure is such a source of fear and a driver in everyday life. A way beyond that is inspiring.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

  • Rita Carbon says:

    Socially trained to be controlled through the guilt/fear complex and constantly indulged in treacherous habits of comparison, our minds blind our vision, and we are not able to see how perfect the world already is!

    Just for a moment, stop wanting the world to be a "better" place (plase, pretty please!): open your judgemental human eyes and see its beauty and perfection right here and right now. The way it REALLY IS!

    At that present moment of infinite perfection, you find - not a limited reservoir of Trust - the unlimited suply of it!

    On another hand, perfection is boring and troubles are fun...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

  • Barbara McCracken says:

    My understanding of this passage is that you must have trust in the underlying inherent goodness of our precious human experience, regardless of outward appearances. This trust serves to make the everyday ups-and-downs of life less personal, less affective, and helps to nurture our willingness to keep interacting and taking the chance to change.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

  • Jerry Graham says:

    I love this idea of a trust reservoir. The reservoir grows as your trust in life grows. Your trust in life grows as you realize that success or failure are both the same, you grow from either one. If failure it is due to your own efforts or lack of effort or the way you put forth your effort. If you succeed it is due to the same thing that causes failure. Either way life gives you exactly what you give it. You can trust that to happen, how happy and wonderful that makes me feel. Thanks for just this small excerpt that gives such a great amount of wisdom.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

  • Vanessa Kampstra says:

    trust as described above means that one has to open themselves to the path they are meant to travel and be open to the successes and failures that are on that journey

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

  • Joe Piazza says:

    i have chanced to listen, and do appreciate your airry/gravity....yes, smiles & LOL
    just 6hrs away;

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:51 am

  • Toshiyori says:

    In Vol. XV, Leaf 15 (Sept. '10) of The Organ for the Universal Buddhist League, Toshiyori writes about the effect of karma on the course of life. Concepts like "success" and "failure" are incorrect. There is only the path -- the buddhadharma -- and every occurence along it (whether positive or negative) brings us nearer the goal.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

  • Elizabeth says:

    A reservoir of trust - a receptacle that holds truth as it is, neither more nor less, nothing to risk or not-risk, not of fear or no-fear; simply open to experience the ultimate recognition of and hold one's true nature/awareness kindly, completely and wholly trusting that what manifests will be in the service of intelligence, wisdom and goodness. No manipulations of mental gymnastics or otherwise needed.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:56 am

  • Dan Drennan says:

    Originally, my reservoir of trust was created from within unconditionally loving relationships with my mother and maternal grand parents - and much later from my father - for which I am very grateful. I also experienced great trust and joy from an early age in physicality and the natural world (always a refuge for me). I think as a direct result of cultivating compassion, I've grown much more at home in the world at large, and much more trusting of others and myself. After all, we're all in this together.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

  • Julie Mcclung says:

    You can be afraid. Or you can trust. Either way, something is going to happen.

    Unfortunately, its a lot easier to fear, more familiar. But somehow, we have to learn to trust that the road is true for us, even if we didn't plan it that way.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

  • Laura Scholes says:

    Growth only happens when you open your heart and mind to what's next--when you trust yourself to embrace any outcome: success or failure.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

  • marie de louise says:

    Breath deep, smile and meditate with your eyes open.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:04 am

  • Darlene Bryskiewicz says:

    Everyday I must accept what is reality and things the way they are. Accept getting older and not be afraid and trust that I will be able to accept everything in my life as is and not try to change people, places and things.. I'm perfect as I am and so is the world. I feel the sadness and pain and away it goes into this beautiful world, here and now. I need to work at this everyday and trust that I will get what I need to live in this world and bring me through with joy.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

  • Linda Wright says:

    I can be open to anything - even the fear of rejection. I don't need to fear the fear - it won't swallow me if I hold it in attention gently.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

  • Bob McPherson says:

    Not why fear is, but what it is... "What is it?"

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

  • Janine Pace says:

    I think that waking up with gratitude then looking forward to the lessons to be learned each day, is paramount in growth. Our source of fear eminates from past experience which can only be cleared if viewed from a place of forgiveness, that the reasons will become clear later!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

  • Pam Steinberg says:

    It's easy to trust when things are on the up swing and hard to trust when things are on the down swing. Bravery in the midst of chaos and uncertainty....trusting in the wordly winds.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:15 am

  • john barry nientadt says:

    We can be a container for so much fear and so much more. everything and nothing at all. Totally fully being with what is.. the next guest at the door.... so fluid so moving so perfect.....who wants anything more? The one who makes so many plans? The one who knows how it should be? all we really want is to rest

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

  • Sarah Quigley says:

    I am old. I think of giving up sometimes--giving up on reaching out to those friends and strangers who cross my path, , giving up on voicing my needs and expressing my love clearly to my husband of almost 51 years, giving up on forging closer bonds with two grown sons and their delightful wives. Each couple has provided my husband and me with one little granddaughter--both are six years old. No gift can compare.

    Life is very full right now. I know my trust in myself to truly keep up with just the activities and planning that these various "others" require is at times tested. I've had a chronic neurological disease for over 20 years. This particular illness renders me "undependable." Good days outnumber the not so good ones, but cancelling plans is always a possibility.

    My reservoir of trust has been refilled lately, however. Buddhist teachings have enabled me to find compassion for almost everyone whom I come across. (There is an occasional exception. People who abuse children or those who dump kittens on the side of the road come to mind.)
    I feel extremely grateful that my sons and their families are kind, caring people.

    All these human connections are truly challenging, but from my vantage point right now--all these interactions are central to my practice. Now as the leaves begin to turn, I am looking at actually getting down to the hard work of finishing one book I've written and getting another one going.
    (I've gone through this process five times before with some measure of "success." I can't "hole up" and disappear as I once did during the intense writing period. At my age, the trade off of entering isolation to guarantee spublication is just not worth it.

    So I intend to laugh at fear and look it in the eye. I hope it turns and runs! Something will come of my efforts--reality is going to prevail. We shall see!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:20 am

  • Ran Edwards says:

    Be engaged and purposeful knowing that whatever happens is Okay.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:22 am

  • Justin shoemaker says:

    Stepping forward, leaning into my life seems to be what my world is asking of me.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

  • cecily bailey says:

    I remember reading Paul Tillich's "The Courage to Be" that was about anxiety and "courage" in the western world.I think it's the same book he spoke of faith and the meaning of faith being based in some degree of groundlessness because if we "know" something absolutely, that it is not an act of faith, but knowing a fact.

    As a very young person, before finding Buddhism, this came as great clarification, and therefore, comfort to me.

    Being willing to take that chance...whether it be to get another kitty when one has died, find a new relationship when one has passed...or just step out into the world every day. I have had days when I could not take this step. But for the most part, I have chosen, beyond my wildest dreams, to step out, sometimes stepping off the endge of a cliff into the wonder of trust. It can be very painful and joyous and sad and satisfying! But it definitely involves saying yes to the universe. ...Taking the chances.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:26 am

  • Mike Levy says:

    Ani Pema has been teaching about floating in the middle of the quickly moving stream of nowness rather than clinging to the shore of habitual tendencies and fear. Trust has much to do with the ability to let go and also seems to be the result of that letting go. I like to see this reservoir of trust to be the collecting of the stream of letting go.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

  • Mike Levy says:

    Ani Pema has been teaching about floating in the middle of the quickly moving stream of nowness rather than clinging to the shore of habitual tendencies and fear. Trust has much to do with the ability to let go and also seems to be the result of that letting go. I like to see this resevoir of trust to be the collecting of the stream of letting go.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

  • Kathi Littmann says:

    Success or failure may result from a legitimate awareness of the conditions within which you exert your skills and efforts, or a willingness (or lack of willingness) to include more knowing others in your attempts, as well as skill/lack of skill. The trust reservoir is something that must extend beyond oneself because you do not succeed or fail in a vacuum.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

  • Terry Long says:

    I had lived most of my life in fear of success and failure so I never tried to do anything outside of my comfort zone. Since stepping onto my spiritual path I have learned to listen to my Inner God.To know and trust that I am right where I am supposed to be and that I have choices. Thoses choices have consequences that are neither good nor bad,they just are. "I am still water,I see things as they truly are" is my mantra today. Fear no longer controls my thoughts or actions.The result of this is that I no longer resist change.Love of self creates the love of others.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

  • Jerry Graham says:

    Reservoir of Trust---how very simple this is. You get what you give. If you believe your results will be as you believe they will be, if you do not believe then your results will be those of someone who does not believe, does not trust. The world is so wonderfully loving that it will give you just exactly what you want it to give you, really want. Perfect and simple. Thank you Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

  • Sarah Dester says:

    This is a reminder to me to keep my heart open and trust in the process. Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. The journey of life is what matters most.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

  • Linda Lappin says:

    Chögyam Trungpa can be so confusing--as is the Dharma. We read that " But those responses are not regarded as either punishment or congratulations." Which seems to say again what I read throughout the teachings -- to leave black and white thinking behind. Yet, often in the teachings we see success/failure indicated as well as good/bad.
    For instance, the last sentence in this excerpt insures us that "When a warrior has that kind of trust in the reflections of the phenomenal world, then he or she can trust his or her individual discovery of goodness." thereby suggesting that there is a badness. If it is all emptiness--where is this seeking taking us?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:44 am

  • nicole wolf gilbert says:

    Trust, in this instance, is not blind or to something or someone but rather a willingness to fall into an unfabricated 'now' where the situations that create success and failure are seen from a completely different perspective than is usual.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

  • Larry says:

    I have been a seeker for over 40 of my 62 years. I have read and heard many people speak of letting go or surrender and it all sounds good. I have become cyncile the reservoir of trust I don't have it but I am still looking for a guide. I have never heard of this person but I would lke to listen to his point of view. I am always open and I know when I'm ready the guide will be there.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

  • Ruth Housman says:

    The reservoir of trust allows me to embrace leaving
    my comfort zone and opens my heart to the present moment
    while being compassionate to fear and judgment.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

  • Christine Silsbee says:

    I am just beginning my journey. I have been well versed at staying in the safety net. I am excited to put trust first and simply have faith that going forward into the now will help place me on my true path.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

  • fabrizio martinotti says:

    To me means that I can constantly draw from that resovoir of trust, event when everything is looking like there is no trust, and then relax on my exposure to the phenomenal word, whatever is the result of my action and not refraining myself to take the chance.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:13 am

  • elayne says:

    At times, I have been troubled by fear and anxiety. But sometimes, fear has been an ally, warning me to stop and be aware. As long as I can continue breathing, breathing with the fear, I may learn something. And that may be about myself, the situation, or even about fear, itself.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

  • Jacqueline Deely says:

    I am trying!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

  • David says:

    "Failure generally is telling us that our action has been undisciplined and inaccurate in some way. Therefore, it fails. When our action is fully disciplined, it usually is fulfilled; we have success." But there are lots of reasons unrelated to our discipline that we can "succeed" or "fail". Isn't "failure" really a reminder not to get too attached to what our ego has labeled "success" and is grasping at?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

  • Kathy Vance says:

    35 years ago I left an intimate relationship that drove me crazy then and now a request for friendship has been sent to me and I step into friendship now, with a foot that knows a balance it didn't have then. The courage of this step is not if they will behave in the same old patterns but will I?

    The truth in life is having the courage to live it.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

  • Steven Clookey says:

    Never having experienced faith in the religion I was born into or ever really relating to the idea of faith, through the practice of meditation I started developing experientially, a growing confidence, a growing reservoir of trust.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

  • Ro Hanus says:

    A deep reservoir of trust underlies our experience, regardless of whether we believe it or not. That's why it's a reservoir, an innate part of what it means to be human, immeasurable yet scary as all get out!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

  • karen says:

    To stay in trust is such a challenge!!! What a freeing experience to look at success and failure as equal opportunities. My biggest fear is the anticipation of loneliness. I think I relate that as failure to not have companions. WHen I allow myself to move to aloneness, I savour the moments and wonder why I was so fearful. When I move toward trust, I can begin to relax in what will happen. It's all not easy. Letting go!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:26 am

  • Jack Morris says:

    I interpret this pool of trust to be the foundation for action of all kinds. The Universe will support whatever action I undertake without criticism. At nearly 64 years of age I am preparing for, and to some extent, engaged in creating a life of creative service to people. I am consistently receiving a message that I must take chances enveloped in a resevoir of trust and basic goodness to move forward. AND I MUST LISTEN AND TRUST THE 'STILL SMALL VOICE' that calls me to act.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

  • anna says:

    I take these words to heart as my husband has just died and I trust that this ocean of grief will open my heart to all beings.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

  • Suzanne Leavitt says:

    To trust in the experiences of others with a willingness to take chances is much like wading in a stream without really being sure that there isn't a crayfish in the water.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

  • Bruce Wauchope says:

    The reservoir of trust is the confidence to relate with experience directly. In terms of our ears we could describe this approach as always being willing to "face the music". Is there good and bad music? On a relative level we could say yes. However, from an ultimate perspective, unless music is dangerously loud, everything we hear, including music, is just combinations of sound waves and can therfore be listened to openly and directly. Thus warriors have the confidence to always "face the music". This extends to all experience.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:44 am

  • Daigen Kakuji says:

    Opening my clenched fists, I find I am holding nothing.
    Holding my arms open wide, the whole universe fits in so easily.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

  • Michele Shoemaker says:

    my understanding of the reservoir of trust is that it is a kind of groundless ground, maybe a little like surfing. Something to stand on(water/surfboard)knowing there will be manifestation (waves/movement) but the results (getting very wet or making it smoothly to shore are only known by my actions.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

  • Susan Burnett says:

    Trust tells me to not be attached to a certain outcome; rather, to trust that the outcome that appears will be the true reflection of reality, which I can then learn from. It is a razor's edge to be experienced over and over again every day.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm

  • Barbara Weaner says:

    Trungpa, my inaccuracies are astounding and humbling and repeated. On a daily basis, the resistance and ignorance appear. Teacher, help me.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

  • Deena Odhner says:

    Succuess and failure: my best buds. Go out! Go out! With a brave heart, go out and lap the hidden spring water and dive into the heart of the sky.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

  • claudia says:

    The reservoir of trust comes from the clarity developed by befriending oneself.

    Befriending oneself develops everyday compassion for all.

    Everyday compassion opens the way to the reservoir of trust.

    The reservoir of trust is open to all willing to take the chance, to hear the message.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm

  • Jenn Prothero says:

    To trust is to be willing to be wrong, to be willing to fall, get back up, and try again. Believing in what is within you is worthy of being heard, seen or noted, and going out there time after time to make that happen.

    It's an inner knowing that this is your calling, this is your time to express yourself, and that the universe will meet you every step of the way on that journey.

    Trust is embracing the past, learning to move forward, and allowing the future to unfold. It is believing that all things are possible, even when talking to a skeptic.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  • cleo welsh says:

    A deep well of faith in taking our best steps forward with conviction in everyday life but also with a lightness of step and trust in the outcome...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

  • Loi Jordon says:

    Wow! I've always tried to analyze my fears. But sitting with my fears is a new concept for me that I am going to do today. Letting go of needing to know why and just accepting is my goal!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm

  • Michele Stupka says:

    The trust reservoir is a direct way to learn how to vanquish fear through experience itself, and the analysis and integration of the experience. It is a process of discovering truth.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  • Melissa Silva says:

    Fearful or not, undisciplined or not, the world will give us feedback. It is important to not see this feedback from a more traditional Western religious point of view as punishment or support. Rather it is important to not hide in isolation, but to be constantly open to communicating with the world, knowing it will give you feedback. It doesn't matter which type of feedback. The world will give the warrior feedback, and the warrior can be fearless about that feedback, whether it seems like good news or bad news.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  • Rose Rhoades says:

    Knowing unconditionally cause and effect to be true,
    I take refuge in the three jewels.
    Knowing all that arises is the Guru's teaching,
    I smile and embrace each moment with a tender open heart.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm

  • Jennifer says:

    I don't know what the reservoir trust is all about. It sounds interesting and I'd like to learn more about it. Since the winner will be randomly chosen I'm not going to try to sound profound or wise. I'd just like to have the chance to go. I guess that's trust, being willing to go somewhere new, learn something and meet new people with out any preconceived ideas or exceptions just taking a chance.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

  • Shambala's Lynn says:

    Life can be an adventure. Embark upon the journey with wonder and an attitude of trust. Knowing what ever the outcome, you have learned a valuable lesson.
    Shambala's Lynn

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  • Claudia Zehner says:

    this moment I flow with the stream. failure is goodness. success is goodness

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

  • Karen Leslie says:

    This is one of the hardest things to accept – it is one thing to talk about removing attachment, but quite another to really be at peace with accepting any outcome involving suffering. So much easier to accept as long as there is a happy ending! The desire to avoid suffering is so strong that it tends to obliterate good intentions developed in happier circumstances. Difficult to maintain equanimity when not in the middle of yoga class! There must be a point of no return where acceptance is final………I hope.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

  • greg corsten says:

    since i did not read it. it has the same level of meaning for me as any other writting that i have no knowledge of.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  • marymargaret says:

    My spirit trusts not in I but in we.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm

  • Debbie Harvey says:

    Trusting is beautiful feeling. Without trust nothing would exist. It lives at the very core of life. It is an invisible covering that sheilds and protects every single thing in life. Human to human is an ethereal process...a nonverbal commitment to fearlessly accept life in the many facets that it reveals itself.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

  • Susan says:

    I see this kind of trust as a welcoming, opening, receptive gesture. It's important to practice extending trust without specific expectations of what will happen. Trust is not a way to test the universe, not a demand that the universe prove itself to us. Who am I to ask the universe to prove itself? Whatever will happen will happen, and I learn from that.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

  • Suzanne says:

    It matters not whether the outcome is successful; what matters is that I tended it/influenced it with trust (good faith) for the greatest good for all concerned.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm

  • Urmila says:

    The key words are: disciplined action, expecting life's ups and downs, not hiding

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

  • Kathleen Martin says:

    JUST DO IT!---and observe.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

  • alex says:

    i would like free admission to the online smile at fear: awakening the true heart of bravery teachings by Pema Chodron

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

  • linda mockeridge says:

    I have found that when I can smile at my fear I can master it.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

  • Sonya says:

    I am continually trying to learn to quiet my special evaluations and judgements so that it is not "good", "bad"...but just is...
    These lessons and teachings are strengthening that resolve!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

  • Jeffrey Shralow says:

    Trust in the death of the small self over and over.
    No big deal.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  • Joan flynn says:

    The idea that we can trust both success and failure and overcome fear by taking a risk without being concerned about the outcome is liberating.
    I have read and own many of Trungpa's books and am reminded how wonderful his readings are; how in the past I learned so much from him and passed that learning on to others.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm

  • Andrea Gavey says:

    Life is all about perception.... Truth is part of that perception and so are miracles. Miracles and truths are all about us good,bad, simple,complicated,it's in the being still and listening quietly to the bigger picture.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

  • Mary Jo Hood says:

    I am less able to deal with my fear for others and also wonder how is the best way to be present for them. thank you

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

  • VERA DAHM, Ph.D. says:

    I think this excerpt speaks to taking action, not just standing by and waiting.

    I agree that disciplined action is supported by Universal energy, I also think that an act may arise from the depths of a soul and be accurate even if the current environment is not fertile or receptive for the planting. The idea may need to pierce the matrix of energy and be there to support others who will follow. It may be absolutely accurate, and not meet with immediate success.

    And of course, the feedback is always a gift of learning and is well meaning. That we can trust.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

  • Mary Jo Hood says:

    My issue lately, is dealing with others' fears and my own for them. I would like help with being present for them. Thank you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  • KL Fletcher says:

    It's all good....

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

  • Stephen McLeod says:

    It sounds like an experience of 'instant karma'.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

  • Art Hoffer says:

    The brief message says to me that if our actions do not measure up to our sense of fulfillment then it tells us that a correction is necessary. Every situation we encounter is an opportunity for growth. We just have to be vigilant and aware of the consequences of our actions.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm

  • Mary says:

    It's the letting go of judgement that automatically breeds trust. Neither good nor bad, right or wrong, only what is... witnessing the experience of this human existance is the most interesting study we undertake and being awake in that witnessing is bliss.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm

  • Kel says:

    thankyou for these wonderful teachings!! :)

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

  • Edmund Butler says:

    Acharya Ani Pema, Acharya Lobel and Acharya Ferguson recently taught about the Primordial Ocean of Confidence at the Sangha retreat and how it is our challenge in these increasingly busy times to let go of the shore, stop clinging and become fearless "freefloaters".

    My focus now then is to go beyond right and wrong, self-criticism/self-aggression and rest in both uneasiness or exhilaration as they arise, aware that all is basic goodness, there's no fundamental mistake and that we are all Rigden in our own way. KI KI!! SO SO!!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm

  • Peggy Rubenstein says:

    Seriousness seems to be the opposite of trust. Smile at it all.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

  • Ziji Beth says:

    I love receiving the daily Ocean of Dharma. I have been so fortunate to receive so many of Trungpa's teachings, and especially remember one winter dawn in Boulder where we met outside to greet the sun, and his brief talk on Fearless Humility brought me to tears. This going forth, this trusting each situation is tricky stuff! My personal experience is seeing a mountain from a way's off and not being able to spot the trailhead...but as I set forth humbly, get closer and closer, it appears..perhaps a bit hidden, but nevertheless, present.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm

  • Kelly Martin says:

    "That is how the fearless warrior relates with the universe, not by remaining alone and insecure, hiding away, but by constantly being exposed to the phenomenal world and constantly being willing to take that chance."

    I love being reminded that I am, indeed, a fearless warrior!!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

  • fran shalom says:

    I would love to hear what Pema Chrodren has to say!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you Rinpoche for displaying the path of fearlessness, so grateful to have this guidance to share with my children. Children on the path together. There is no cessation to the wisdom, how is it that it manifests so perfectly at every single moment?! You are truly, truly sublime.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm

  • Cyndi Francisco says:

    Reservoir of Trust it the endless well that is provided for us should anyone decide to take any chance in life with the full knowledge that the outcome is exactly where we are supposed to be at that very moment. Acceptance into that moment gives us the peace we are all seeking.

    Ok, now even though I understand that concept, I still need to dip my toes into the reservoir.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  • Deb Henderson says:

    The reservoir of trust is the display of realizing our basic goodness. This realization unifies our experience because the ego dissolves. When all phenomena are seen to be empty of self, how could hope and fear arise?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

  • Anastasia Gould says:

    A welcome reminder to do your best, learn from disapointments, and persevere; having faith, all the while, that everything serves a purpose. Thank you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  • susan dveirn says:

    I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer and if ever i needed to trust in the reservoir of trust it is now when i feel so alone. the amazing part besides the fear observation is the experience of wonderment about everything now,the simpleist thing,a wonderment,a relief of beauty,of transience,a moment glittering,one after the other,when i forget the fear,or watch it in my whole body,
    my amazement about the knowing that the body is its own planet,with real communication,with a realness,our warm animal bodies,i have so much compassion and tenderness now for this special precious relationship.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

  • Frances Kelly says:

    being reminded of the deeper meaning to trust renews my feelings of connection .... encouraging and supporting me in the navigation of what is right in front of me.....

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

  • Melanie Palomino says:

    the conch shell of dharma, the gong of dharma, the trumpet of dharma is music to my ears.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

  • Nicola says:

    Hello Pema Chodron, Thank you for your great work and dedication to Love and Peace. You opened the door for millions of people, particularly women from the western world, towards going within. I learned so much from your books and from one story in particular: The man in India who sat all night long in a remote cabin with a snake in front of him who had his head up looking at him, and the man was afraid, but he learned how to relax into the fear of the snake, he sat with the snake all night long until the sun came up, then he felt total tenderness und love towards the snake and all living beings who all just want to live and be loved.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm

  • Pauline Pogonat says:

    I have just spent the last 7 months sitting with an immense sorrow and fear following the death of my soulmate.It is teaching me how resilient one can be,how dependent we all are on each other and how much love exists in it's purest form on this earth.

    Gratitude continues to inhabit me as I stand,stumble ,walk and finally run towards life

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

  • Sandy Post says:

    Living the moments... being open to life's lessons no matter what the experience is...extending kindness to our own soul and trusting that I/you/we can make our way through this all with a sense and spirit of possibility.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

  • Marya Figueroa says:

    What a generous give-away. I'm sorry to hear this is the last of Pema's large teachings in California; I really hope to see her teach some day.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

  • Marianne Swittlinger says:

    To have the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary teaching would
    be wonderful. My experience with Pema Chodron is that she always
    helps us identify our fears and teaches us about more than just trust. She
    has the ability to connect us with the greater universe and the human
    side of spirituality.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm

  • Wendy Albert says:

    The resevoir of trust provides a wellhead of strength to keep trying despite weakness and laziness and distraction.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  • Yvonne Butterworth says:

    Nothing in life is ever stagnant. If something stops growing it will eventually wither and die. Without emotional, mental, physical and spiritual challenges, you would never grow. These challenges bring new growth and may be the most important and fulfilling aspect of the life process.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

  • Cyndee Greene says:

    I've learned to open dialogue w/ my fears or any anxiety that may arise. As I have done this, I have grown immensely. No longer just jumping or spiritualizing away those fears. But learning why they might be here. Then...they dissipate...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

  • Grace Goodman says:

    When we are willing to communicate with the universe, we are opening our hearts and minds, stepping outside of our limited views of ourselves. We trust that whatever happens will be an opportunity for awareness, regardless of labels saying "success," or "failure." The reservoir of trust is an endless source directly connected to our basic goodness.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

  • Sue Fielding says:

    Trusting in the integrity of my being is so central to my spiritual practice. It's the edge, practicing to uncover original goodness. Basically I am alone. Despite the structures and supports in my life: teachers, centres, spiritual friends- it is I who stand on the knife-edge of every moment- preparing to respond, making decisions, opening up or closing down. I am confronted by my habits and tendencies, particulalry the more unconscious ones, but also by the immense possibility for change inherent in each moment. How exciting! I want so much to learn more about this.......thank you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

  • Mary Rodriguez says:

    The important base for acepting and trusting failure as well as success is to release old beliefs and ideas about what it means to succeed and what it means to fail. We cannot learn the new meaning of these life experiences until we have cleared our mind of our former definitions of failure and success.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

  • Jennifer W says:

    I cannot wait until the online retreat! I would love to not pay for it, but will attend either way. :)


    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  • Wendy Hiltz says:

    The gift of a lesson. It is difficult to learn to see with these eyes at first. Judgement comes habitually. The reservoir of trust is a state within the wellspring of life. I am fond of these images. To listen to Pema Chodren a wonderous gift.
    Many Thanks for the opportunity.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

  • Jan Figar says:

    It reminds me of a statement I heard years ago, and which was a guiding principle for me: "I do not regret anything I have ever done, I only regret the things I have not done, so they because of me never happened."

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm

  • Holly Aglia says:

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

    I must admit, though I have benefitted greatly from Pema Chodron's teaching in my own evolutionary journey, I am somewhat "distrustful" of the terms "success" and "failure." As a child, if I "failed" to obey my father's wishes, I was often punished or beaten.

    Thus, for me, the willingness to accept even the probability of failure can be paralying. Fortunately, I know the wisdom of continuing to enlighten myself, however imperfectly.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

  • Annie Falch says:

    Often it is this kind of sentiment that we need to remember most in the face of defeat. The courage not to give up feeds off of the fact that we can learn something new from everything we do. Life is learning - from our victories and our mistakes. Even in the dark when feeling low, it's nice to remember that feelings are there to teach us. To help us grow. To transform us into positive rays of sunlight.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  • Laurette Ruys says:

    We must forever hold in our hearts that which is true to ourself and the joy and the beauty of the world will fill our lives when we are at peace with the knowing that there is a moment created for all moments. Trust in the knowing.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  • chris says:

    death does not absolve
    the moon has no pity

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

  • Victoria Dreifuss says:

    When fear arises rather that getting stuck in the analysis of it, examine the texture, temperature... your sensations of it. Take a step back to do this. You are then less caught in the drama and why's of the situation. This gives you some space and freshness about this fear and creates the possibility of not being so caught and wrapped up in it. This examination provides the means to move forward and away from the grip of fear.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  • Susan Sitzmann says:

    Liberating indeed! For the first time in my life, I so very much want to feel the freedom that comes with fully trusting and, therefore, owning and even celebrating any and all outcomes, be they successes or failures. I want to throw off the strangulating cloak of fear and go head-to-head, eye-to-eye, toe-to-toe with whatever life sends my way! Remove all fear, fill up my heart with trust...bring it on!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm

  • Joe Randall says:

    Success - Failure. One rises and one sinks though they are both of the same energy. Each is the foundation of the other. Lao Tzu asks "which is more damaging?" From the emptiness of the center of trust and sincere intent they look a lot alike.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

  • elen brandt says:

    Trust is a functional equivalent of non-attachment. When I have the courage to not be attached to any possible outcome, then I am trusting that what should happen is ultimately correct. It's all good (even when it's not)so to speak. "Good" results are immediately satisfying, and disappointments are valuable opportunities for growth.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

  • Will Brown says:

    That sums up, for me, the middle way. Letting go of attachment to pain (this may fail) AND to pleasure (i will look so good), we develop that karma reservoir. We "know", not in Mind, but in Heart, with the universe, that "what goes up must come down" or as I prefer, that "it is what it is".

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

  • Barbra Esher says:

    Such an important teaching in confronting fear!
    Trusting that we can go forward with either outcome, that we don't need to get stuck.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  • Catherine Garfield says:

    Stability lays the foundations for growth. But how does this internal sense of stability arise? Only through trial and error, through actions (careful or careless) and responses from the dynamic environment, through joy or suffering and self-awareness and insight. Power or fearlessness is the willingness and innocent desire to push forward and try again in spite of past losses and to have the courage to sit with the self and look deep within.... to pursue the blossom which sits on the inner glowing bud amidst the darkness.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

  • Susan Giering says:

    As I just begin to learn that success and failure have an equally important message, it's difficult to release my learned responses to both states.
    It's uncomfortable to crave challenges and change in so many areas of my life; yet hesitate due to the uncertainty of the outcome.
    Emotional, mental and spiritual thirst.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

  • Robin Driskill says:

    For me, it all comes down to having a sense of adventure - trusting that where I am is always the right place for that moment, challenging as it may be. As someone else said here, change is the ever-constant. Trust is the way to face my fears.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm

  • Kathy Hassett says:

    The impeccable warrior is without fear - exactly for the reasons stated in this excerpt! We so often place values on success/failure - when in reality they are neither "good" nor "bad" - just opportunities to learn! A wonderful lesson that you have provided, thank you!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

  • Sharon Robinson says:

    I sense an opportunity to further develop detachment when I read these teachings. Thank you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

  • Jessica Kidder says:

    I am willing to take the chance and releax in that trust. I am taking that chance with deep gratitude and love for all.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm

  • Lana Shelton says:

    I needed to read this, right at this moment. Today for me was an example of "No good deed goes unpunished." I probably need to keep the quote pasted on my bathroom mirror to remind me at the start of every day. To remember the phrase "Failure generally is telling us that our action has been undisciplined and inaccurate in some way." To remind me to stop and think before I speak. (Not easy.) And the key word is "constantly." "...but by constantly being exposed to the phenomenal world and constantly being willing to take that chance." Those are excellent words to memorize.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  • Thomas Lee Brown says:

    Simple idea. Too many words.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  • Clara Chen says:

    Trust, the basic step of the 37 Bodhisattvas practices, is very hard but necessary to fulfil in this challenging world. With it, all other virtues can be built on. Without it, individual mandala will crumble. When you think you're trusting and hence brave in actions, you already lost it. Trust should come out so instinctively and gloriously,your actions reflect it. No virtue to hold, no doer, no brave actions, no success nor failure. Just reflections of what's in our hearts. When you think you trust, it's only a veil for cowardice actions.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  • Ross M. W. Bennetts says:

    I guess the 'reservoir of trust' excerpt is about having an understanding of and faith in karma, dissolving the fear of the unkown and leaping into life.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm

  • L.A. Gardiner says:

    This is the perfect information for me at this time. As usual, the right thing shows up (bidden or unbidden) as and when required.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

  • Susan Latimer says:

    Trusting success and failure is part of learning to trust my own judgment. If I can trust the results, success or failure, I can trust myself and my judgment

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

  • Paula Williams says:

    Trusting, then, requires whole-hearted action and commitment, aiming for success. Half-hearted efforts are likely to be failures, at least in certain respects. It behooves us then to listen to the answers we get back from the universe, and to learn from our experiences.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

  • Beth McGibbon says:

    I have taught in the public school system for over twenty years. This system has a culture of blame, not trust. Nevertheless, I build hope in my students and empower them to trust their intuition--something most high school aged students don't do on a regular bases. Teaching students to be inquisitive warriors is truly radical, but oh so necessary!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

  • Meghan Miller says:

    It really "is what it is"! I know the excerpt above to be true for me. Perspective is everything and there are no accidents. It is absolutely safe to trust in your experiences. And doing so will bring about more experience for you to trust in; "what you think about you bring about."

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

  • richard says:

    amazing inspiration for us warriors...devotion to the in the 3 jewels....not running away from appearances, but recognizing.....willing to get up and try again when we fall...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

  • Michelle Arpin says:

    This message from Trungpa arrives at an auspicious time since I have just now registered a new domain name for a website where sacred dreams will be invited to taste and scent the air. So I am reminded to keep my intent pure and to commit to the sacredness of this new enterprise.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

  • Lana Shelton says:

    I needed to read this. Today for me was an example of “No good deed goes unpunished.” I need to keep the quote pasted on my bathroom mirror to remind me at the start of every day. And the key word is “constantly.” "... by constantly being exposed to the phenomenal world and constantly being willing to take that chance.” Excellent words to memorize.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

  • Adela says:

    I have direct experience with the resevoir of trust. Thoroughout my life the oppoortunities that presented themselves were always a risk to my stability. I was always open to change and new experiences. It was thru trust that I grew and challenged myself. Now I seek new challenges fiercely and boldly, but with an open heart and a true softness. I want new experiences and new growth to open myself up to the universe.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  • Jiko Mary Ann Nunns says:

    "The Reservoir of Trust" excerpt above, quite simply, blows me away! I am a 63 year old woman who,throughout three decades of sincerely studying the Dharma, and exploring my ongoing "trust issues"--has only just this very minute realized,upon reading the brilliant simplicity of Trungpa Rinpoche's instruction--that it is always, always,always, the willingness to leap 100% into the unknown that allows trust to arise in the first place. Success or failure is beside the point. The ability to trust has taken further root and will flower of its own accord.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

  • Betty Clark says:

    The word that popped out for me was discipline. I was also comforted about results of one's efforts, whether successful or not, are part of one's path. The quote has given me pause to look at my actions and how they are motivated. What is my intention?

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

  • Pam says:

    The reservoir of trust is the heart of the Warrior.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm

  • Barb Stein says:

    To take a chance, without fear? Incomprehensible. But, the idea tickles a deep part within me that has not been strangled by perfectionism. Soar or crash . . . in freedom.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm

  • JZ says:

    I suppose this speaks to a certain mindset. Certainly the second paragraph does speak to us all.

    However, the first paragraph, and noted that both paragraphs are taken out of the larger context in which they were written, is simplistic in it's message. There is no clear action 'A' produces result 'B' in real life most times. If there was, there would be no place for religion. If one relieved the immediate feedback stated in paragraph one, then what is the use of practice? Do good, get good; do bad, get bad.

    Life is much more complicated than that. Bad actions can produce results that in an immediate sense can be good; ie. lying produces what one wants, unwarranted violence produces what one wants, theft produces what one wants. Religion, civilization argues that thru karma, sin, hell realms, one's immediate selfish interests should not be gratified because of the long-term effects and promotes ethical behavior, real compassion. But we do not immediately see the results of ethical behavior. Faith, practice is required.

    If I was writing a motivational speech for sales team, sure the first paragraph would be useful. But for teaching ethics, perseverance, compassion, the need for mindful practice, that paragraph leaves a lot to be desired.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

  • betsy childers says:

    I don't have anything sage to say.
    I <3 Pema.

    I imagine we all do.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  • christina pratt says:

    may all negative and interruptive forces be spontaneously released into a space of great bliss

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm

  • Cinda says:

    Trusting in the path, knowing the rightness of all action, not being in fear ....

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

  • Sherab Chojay says:

    Success is a victory; and failure a victory again. The way one takes the result is what it matters the most. A very good lesson. Thank you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

  • patricia says:

    Recently I moved to a small little town in between the mangroves and the jungle, always hurricanes threat,especially this time of the year... plus Mexico has become quite violent, robberies and killings are everyday in the media... so I thought "I must be living in the animal realm, fearful all the time, totally detached from who I really am in this precious human life", then I received your mail and alas! maybe Pema has some clues for me to connect with the Warrior.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

  • Patrick Knisely says:

    I once asked the Sakyong about this and he said one could begin with simple things: the grass under our feet and build trust from there. It would seem that this kind of trust doesn't require experience of success or verification.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  • Dolby says:

    Open heart-Open mind.
    You are important.
    Your actions matter.
    Your thoughts create.
    Your presence changes everything.
    Successes and failures are one in the same=creating change
    Change=no-thing remains. what goes up, will come down.
    self=warrior=embrace the contrasts in life.
    Lao Tzu said, "when someone tries to make someone else good, that is a sin in my eyes. Who are you to lead? Who are you to guide? And the more guides there are, the more confusion. Leave everyone to himself. Who are you? Your true nature, listen to your being! Roll with the changes.

    Love Begins With Me
    Namaste Dolby

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm

  • brigid says:

    The opportunity to follow the varying directions life presents me. No regret for choices when the outcome is not exactly what I hoped for. No regret for what no was. Ultimately, acceptance of what life is and the value of these changes.
    Thank you teacher.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm

  • Lynne King says:

    I've been inquiring into what trust means to me lately. Do I trust that "everything will work out for the best," that "something is playing itself out" and fits into a bigger picture, or that "I may not get what I want, but I will get what I need?" To me Rinpoche seems to be indicating that it is as if we are playing with the universe as we dip our brushes into the paints and whether we like the results or not, we can trust there is something to learn from the experience and living is being tuned into opportunities to engage.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

  • leo teehankee says:

    what the reservoir of trust means is that i am free to stay or go, free to engage the world or not engage the world, free to save all beings or eat when hungry and sleep when tired, not because i have a license to do whatever i wish, but because i know this very mind is buddha

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  • Zet says:

    Trust in the all and the everything.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm

  • Andy says:

    I'm really appreciating right now that sense of complete acceptance, of all experience. Sometimes, it is so helpful when I am in that state of mind, in which I can just be really open and accepting of whatever comes my way. The quality of that experience is so much richer, and easier (!), than when I'm "not okay" with what's happening in front of me, not wanting to accept what's going on... not present! So yes, I really appreciate that reminder, that call to be present, unattached, and accepting of whatever comes my way... Thank you!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm

  • Lupine Wread says:

    It seems that once you realize there are no right or wrong answers to any really deep question, then you are in the path of trust. You chose a way and live it fully and see where it goes, without regret. As it all unfolds you realize that each moment has an opportunity in it no matter what happens.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

  • Barbara Gross says:

    I am speechless...feeling incredible gratitude for those who help point the way out of fear and into the light...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm

  • judy howard says:

    to me having a resevoir of trust is to not be afraid of the consequences of taking a chance. let go of your expectations and accept the lessons learned from success or failure. what a freeing feeling that would be!!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

  • Robin Anderson says:

    Letting go of congratulations as well as punishment...yes, I can go there. Such a great idea!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  • palika says:

    The Resevoir of Trust allows me the opportunity to be with any and all results and consequences of any effort - an ocean of trusting moments where all tastes, textures, feelings are simply sweetly Good Medicine. Every moment is a moment of grace - gifting me with practice again and again to find the sweet soft spot. There is no failure or success only opportunities to meet the moment freshly with a soft heart - wonder wideness and belly, throat, eye, hand, hearbeat receptive.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  • caryn says:

    This is like the concept of cause and effect. Even an enlightened one does not avert cause and effect. See Hakaju and the fox....

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm

  • S. Burneson says:

    Ah - the reservoir of trust. It feels like something one can rest in, something kind one can believe in.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm

  • jo richards says:

    My favorite mantra is "what is mine will come to me" and I leave it at that.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm

  • Anne Bers says:

    It is like the hospital ship in times of war. The big Red Cross exposes its identity to all, and therein lies its safety.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

  • b kojak says:

    to go swimming without thinking about how deep the water is....

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  • Ron says:

    These words ring so true and so deep. So often I find myself afraid to try for something that I want, most often it is to make contact with a woman I find attractive. These words encourage me to "try", to see the results of my efforts, to be a brave warrior, and to sharpen my skills, not only in the arena of dating, but life in general. The brave warrior does learn, nor share his skills and talents by hiding out, he immerses himself in the world, and lets that world wash over him, transforming him in the process to something beyond his imagining.

    Namaste, and thank you for this sharing,

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  • Jonathan says:

    Trust is knowing that everything changes and that you are okay with that, letting go the fear and aggression of trying to get what you want.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm

  • Timothy Tosta says:

    mindful action is trust.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  • Celia says:

    We can draw on the reservoir of trust for courage to act.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

  • Sousan Ehteshami says:

    Trust comes with trustworthy. You trust someone who is trustworthy. I can't trust just for sake of trust.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm

  • ResilientHeart says:

    The sacred resevoir of trust means we do not lose our seat nor is our behavior based on outcomes. Quite simply limitless freedom resides there.

    Choosing to be a mindful, courageous warrior is a beautiful thing. Thank you kindly, Pema, for lighting our paths and living your beliefs without hesitation, reservation or fear.

    What a gift to be entrusted with the lessons both failure and success will teach the open-hearted one.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

  • Nancy Pivnick says:

    She relates failure to acting without dicipline. To risk actions is the stuff of life. I don't understand the part about discipline.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm

  • Juan Bustamante says:

    With only one breath in, we communicate with the reservoir of trust. With only one breath out, we allow all the fear to fall down, while we relax our belly. That's all, dont't worry, in that moment there are not successes, no failures...

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

  • Tamera says:

    What is success? What is failure? What one person views as success, another may view as failure. The reservoir of trust gives us confidence to take action, when action is appropriate. It also allows us to take no action, when we're feeling the need to control a situation.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm

  • Marilyn says:

    Trust for me is so difficult but neccessary to deveolpe. I notice in my own life when I lack trust in either sucess or failure I cause myself pain. I don't stay present.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  • Greg Noble says:

    You can't win if you don't play!

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:41 pm

  • A K Pratap says:

    Trust is an inner eye. The eye of trust has the eye of love for trust is nothing but the culmination of love. Trust is the faith that what is just and right will happen.
    Beauty begins to manifest when you trust and love. What has not already happened so far, will happen.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm

  • susan voynow says:

    fear of what is, does not change anything except our level of discomfort preceeding the moment and our ability to be fully present within the moment. i wish i were better at letting go of fear.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

  • Elizabeth Hawkins says:

    I don't believe in chance any longer, all things happen but I shall "take a chance on this." My Mother had the chance to meet Pema and take her to a river and go to some of her retreats, she said that she had a lot of similarities as me and even shared the same birthday as me. A few months ago the barrel that I had been stuffing all my life had overflowed and I needed something and was searching vigorously. Each time my Mom would visit she would bring me different things, one time she gave me a Pema c.d. I had a few hour drive to an appointment and was having panic attacks the whole way there along with other ailments, and nothing was working. Half way there I put my c.d. in of Pema and all calmed inside me. Since I have started to read a book of her's. I would love to attend the actual class but the live stream would be just as lovely. Xoxo

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm

  • Mary Ann Borders says:

    Every experience in life has an opportunity for learning. The lesson is the prize. You always win when you learn the lesson. Realizing that fear is nothing but a feeling and feelings are mutable, sitting with fear allows us the opportunity to recognize it's a choice and it's always an option to choose love instead.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  • Randolph Roeder says:

    "Always keep a diamond in your mind"

    - Tom Waits

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:10 pm

  • Debbi Jones says:

    Trust is knowing that there is a wisdom greater than what I can presently imagine. Trust is knowing that, if I continue to aspire to bcome enlightened, I will one day realize that wisdom.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

  • Jackie Roliardi says:

    Seems to me it has something to do with a knowing that in truth all is well. It resides within us always and no matter what it looks like in form, we just know it is not as it seems, and that we are always being given everything we need to see and experience the truth of every encounter, every situation. An abiding, residing faith, in life, I think.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

  • Catalina says:

    cause and effect. action and reaction. when we act we put things in movement. change. we try to "direct" some things: like doing good, or have have good intentions. To move in a disciplined way, with energy and kindness (planting)is our work, the final result depends on a lot of things. trust the results anyway. we will learn from both.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

  • Exigently Patient says:

    Responses from reality as surely worth learning to listen to, though I am not convinced that they so readily bifurcate into a success/failure dichotomy. Perhaps this is just from a lack of context.

    It is indeed difficult to be in the world when rigid idealizations outweigh and remain deaf to contrary consequences that suggest something ought to change.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

  • Vanessa Wan says:

    "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.
    Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

    Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm

  • Iris Starr says:

    Dearest Pema:
    Just the truth: I would very much like to be in your presence in Richmond, or receive a pass for the on-line retreat.
    With respect,
    Iris Starr, Berkeley, CA

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

  • Robert Scott says:

    Mind like a mirror sees exactly what shows up without judgement

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

  • Marian says:

    When I was a child, I loved to climb to the top of a very large mango tree in our back yard. I had trust the branches would support me, even as they swayed in the breeze. It was freedom to climb to the top and see over the rooftop! And I had trust that I would get down safely without falling, and I always did. Now I am older and don't climb trees as much, but that sense of fearlessness and trust in the world remains (most of the time). I can go out the door into the world and know things will be all right even if I fail, whether it's a new project, opening my heart to a new person, or trying a challenging yoga pose. Hopefully I won't be frozen or consumed by anxiety, whatever the endeavor. It's just a different kind of mango tree to climb.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

  • Magdalena Montagne says:

    Take a chance, but with measured steps, fully awake, present, and with intention.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  • Damian black says:


    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

  • Dana Marshall says:

    Faith is conviction in basic goodness. It is "always letting go and never giving up". It is knowing from your core that abiding in "whatever arises is fresh the essence of realization". Faith is trust in humanity.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

  • Louise Rita Begin says:

    Trust allows me to go out in the world, meet people and do things, knowing that I will encounter either success or failure; it allows me to take risks. Whether I succeed or fail, as long as I am alert and prepared, I will learn.And both are part of my path.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm

  • palika says:

    I allow what is. I release my efforts to control outcomes and others. I trust in the path of staying with. When reaction comes, I notice and trust in my soft allowing courage to stay. There is no right or wrong only opportunities to practice. I trust in the wise guidance and experience of those that have traversed this path before me and open my heart, body and mind to their abundant compassion. There is enough. I am enough. All needs are met. Thankyou.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

  • Susan Baker says:

    "The Reservoir of Trust" means for me to be present.

    When one is able to accept life's challenges regardless of the outcome, there is an opportunity for lessons to be learned and real growth along the path of enlightment.


    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

  • Rachel King says:

    I feel ready to stride into the energy of trust in life.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  • Anikó Náfrádi says:

    Trust for me is believing. There are certain things that you cannot remember yet, but if you have trust in your Master, or in yourself (I mean in your true reality), you can reach enlightment. Without trust, you have only your fears which are binding you.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm

  • mark CHAPMAN says:

    I suppose we might say that learning to stay,naturally leads to more and more trust in whatever life presents to us.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm

  • Juliana Grigorova says:

    There is a movie by the German director Werner Fassbinder,
    "Angst essen Seele auf"- "Fear eats Soul".
    I have thought about that sentence many times when I was
    afraid. I was looking for ways to break through the fear.
    Trust was a great helper. Trust that there will be an outcome that is the right one for me, one way or another.
    Trust opens the doors and lets the fear escape.

    Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm

  • Eloy Portillo says:

    Para mi la reserva de confianza significa que la impermanencia afecta también a los problemas, y que no hay problema que dure por siempre. Y además hay una base capaz de tomar la oportunidad de recuperarse después de cada problema.

    For me, the reservoir of trust is thinking that impermanence is always there and that means that no problem will last forever. And that, there is a basic ground able to take opportunity of recovery after a problem.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 12:27 am

  • helene holbrook says:

    making the best with what I have to work with.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

  • Laura says:

    Trust is surrendering with a knowingness that all will be well in the end. It is taking a risk, not in blind faith, but with full awareness that what is meant to be will be revealed and carry us through our deepest storms.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:14 am

  • Nick Swan says:

    Given that life cannot be without uncertainty and risk of loss, Trungpa is encouraging us to face fear and to be and act in the phenomenal world with heart-awareness of co-dependent arising and the universe's basic goodness, while experiencing the ups and downs.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:17 am

  • Brian J. Wimmer says:

    What will be, will be. Walk forth strongly, wisely, and fearless with this in mind.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:19 am

  • Pam Kowal says:

    Trust involves letting go of the misplaced fear that one's essential Self can be hurt in any way and learning to rest in that indivisible wholeness of life which can neither be helped nor harmed. Trust requires a sense of non-doership; a willingness to step out of the false need to control the parameters of safety as one's individual personal history has defined it should look.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:35 am

  • Rachel Sheinin says:

    In letting go of controlling our world, we are letting go into the reality of things as they are. Trusting that either success or failure will enlighten our path, we can go forward with a sense of compassion and, hopefully, humour.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:42 am

  • Raye Dene says:

    I must be a good meditator because my mind is constantly blank. Love to all.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:01 am

  • Rebecca Damron says:

    The grace of living fully is found in the knowing that any action will teach us.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:18 am

  • Sharon Mchugh says:

    My father was ill & all of his 7 children rushed cross country to be with him. We got there 10 minutes before he passed away. It was an amazing gift to be there with him. When my father passed, I held his hand and looked into his eyes.I was struck by the absolute peace & stillness of the moment. I was struck by his love for us & the perfect timing we had in getting to him. We had that timing in everything we 7 chidren did in the upcoming days. I felt as if I was living in a bubble of sacred trust. I effortlessly trusted in our little moments of success in making his arrangements, and also failure —because we truly trusted his love of us. I long for that bubble again. I realize that it was grace that I experienced -- a gift from my father's passing. This is my understanding of sacred trust. Something I cannot quite define--but I know that it is something I truly long for,

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:25 am

  • Gaëlle says:

    S urrender
    T rust
    A sk
    R eceive

    be a star

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:29 am

  • Carla Gaboleiro says:

    When i take a chance, i let go of my fears and allow my path to unfold. At each moment, i try to keep my trust and give intentionally my best effort, to learn from the challenges and consequences that are presented. Trusting is being able to live freely, in truth=love, is giving a chance so that my nature can become revealed and enlightened.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:30 am

  • ron bartelstein says:

    Do not fear life. Embrace it and accept the messages you are given.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:46 am

  • Lily Mehl says:

    "The Reservoir of Trust" is such a treasure of a teaching that I will remember and refer to as I journey forward attempting to remain grounded, curious and joyful no matter what I may encounter!

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:47 am

  • Mary Ellen Stacy says:

    The Reservoir of Trust.. the deep well within us that is directly connected to the Divine. If we can stay within it, we will surely find peace and contentment.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:57 am

  • Katie Watizman says:

    The foundation of trust goes back to our infancy according Dr. Eriksen and having our basic needs met we develop the ability to reach away from our family into the bigger world. Somewhere along the line, the cultures we live in impose ideas about how we are to live to succeed. In the western world we get disconnected from ourselves trying to achieve and we lose trust in our innate abilities. A sea of confusing compiling emotions cloud our lives and limit us because we are afraid to fail. There are no failures only learning and if you are not learning you must be dead.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:04 am

  • Barbara Armbrecht says:

    When I become fear-full, if I can look into my own actions and find that which produced the fear, then I can begin to behave in less fear-producting ways. It is only in acceptance of my own part in things that I become peaceful. Acceptance is the gift of my spirituality.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:29 am

  • Brij Masand says:

    The idea in the first paragraph, that disciplined and accurate actions will manifest the result suggests that we have more control over the result than we may actually have. at least at our stage of practice, not being a Buddha yet, with omniscience and perfect skillful actions.

    If results arise due to many factors and conditions - dependent arising - then all we can do is to act, yes with awareness and discipline and right intention, but not able to reliably predict or control the outcome, which is what ego would very much like. In Hinduism, the result is thought to be due to grace and non attachment to the outcome and consecrating the result is a practice, on the path of karma yoga.

    I am not sure what is meant by "Trust, then, is being willing to take a chance, knowing that what goes up must come down, as they say. When a warrior has that kind of trust in the reflections of the phenomenal world, then he or she can trust his or her individual discovery of goodness. " is this trusting that the feedback from actions is intelligent and not capricious and we can trust our ability to learn from it ?

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:32 am

  • Susan Kimball says:

    The fearless warrior, as I understand this passage, does not remain cowering in the corner of life, but instead, takes action. The trust is a kind of relaxing into whatever results come, accepting that they will come, that we will be able to handle what shows up. Perhaps the words "success" or "failure" are even inadequate because what comes will be a learning of some kind and need to be faced with curiosity and openness, trusting that tjos learning is the next step in uncovering our basic goodness, our ability to move into groundlessness.
    Writing this response for a chance to gain Pema's teachings is just such an action, isn't it?

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:52 am

  • Susan Kimball says:

    As I understand the passage, taking action instead of cowering in the corner, involves trusting that whatever occurs will be a movement toward groundlessness and toward uncovering our basic goodness. The idea is to relax into the unknown, having trust that we can handle what comes.
    It's rather like writing this response---trusting that whatever results will be OK with us.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:57 am

  • Abbe says:

    It makes me ponder the relationship between trust and courage . . .

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:01 am

  • Michelle Schreiber says:

    Trust = not being afraid of who we are on the most basic, fundamental
    level, and being able to connect with others.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:18 am

  • Taryn Ilai says:

    "Catching bees." That is what the resevoir of trust means to me. This comes from a wonderful experience I had while working with a great teacher and mentor several years ago. During a session there was a large bee banging on a picture window directly behind her. This was very distracting beacause at the time, I was terrified of bees. When my teacher noticed my distress she got up and retrieved a glass from the kitchen. She returned and walked calmly and gracefully over to the bee, caught it in the glass, put her hand over the mouth of the glass (knowing that she could be stung), walked over to the door, and set it free. Her complete openness to the experience was beautiful to witness. Not surprisingly, the bee put up no resistance and allowed itself to be caught, as if it knew her true intent. It was deeply spiritual to witness first hand just how much power we have to influence our surroundings by our pespective and intent, and the fluidity createed by simply releasing our fear and resistance to what is and what may be. The experience inspired a deep and lasting intent to walk through life "catching bees."

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:21 am

  • Kathy says:

    To me it means a basic, almost primordial confidence that you can rest and relax in.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:38 am

  • Michelle S. says:

    As I swim in the ocean of cancer, I trust deeply that I'm headed toward land and my healthy body will be rid of the the invaders. Like I've never trusted anything before, I now know that the unknown and darkest moments can, too, be trusted. In that knowing, i stay connected and generate healing.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:39 am

  • Jasmina says:

    "When a body is immersed in fear, its mortality subsides in proportion to the weight of the fear displaced by the body."
    - Croatian author Ranko Marinkovic paraphrasing Archimedes in his novel Kiklop

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:15 am

  • Janet Landis says:

    Taking a chance and trusting that the outcome, whether success or failure, is part of our path is like entering this contest. Chances are probably not good that I will win, but if I don't it will be of benefit to whomever does win. Failure to win does not bar me from participating in the seminar, but it will require another action - deciding whether or not our family can afford for me to attend via the webcast. Hopefully, I continue taking each step knowing that whatever the outcome, it is a part of my path.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:40 am

  • Bob McDonald says:

    "The reservoir of trust is a very simple idea." Personally, I learned along time ago that learning by your mistakes was also benificial. having that knowledge helped me to test my environment constantly. It has led me to seek out much of the knowledge I presently possess. And having the oportunity to discover many of the buddhist lessons,such as this one has changed my life and the lives of my loved one's.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:41 am

  • Barry Gruessner says:

    It seems at the most basic level, each action leads to a message from the world, an evaluation, and another action. Everything else is added on by us.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:43 am

  • Amy Doherty says:

    When we are small, and learning to walk, we trust that when we fall we can get up again, and fall again, and get up again. If we are lucky there is a loving parent there to help if needed. Again, in age, when we fall, we get up again and try again and fall again and even when we can no longer get up, our hearts get up and we go on, in trust and love and in gratitude to all those who have helped us in the past and all those whom we have helped, past, present and future.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

  • Gretchen Groth says:

    Trust originates from within and manifests when the boundary between inner and outer dissolves.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:37 am

  • Diana Saunders says:

    Yes, "a very simple, straightforward idea" to be sure. However, it has not been easy to sustain this perspective as life continues to unfold. I need to be continuously reminded by teachers such as Pema Chodron and Chogyam Trungpa and am very grateful. They help me stay on this journey.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:41 am

  • Jo says:

    This reminds me of the old saw "You can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket". And yet it seems to me that I can trust that as long as I am alive and breathing, I am engaged with this life regardless of what I am doing.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:58 am

  • Peggy Whipple says:

    I have recently begun to discover the philosophy behind the reservoir of trust. The freedom it gives me to live my life without feeling that I have to react to unexpected outcomes in the "normal" ways is very liberating. As an example, I recently bought a used car from a dealer who is a friend of one of my most trusted relatives. I was assured by the dealer that the brakes had been checked as part of the pre-delivery inspection. However, after I bought the car I took it to a trusted mechanic recommended by a close friend. It turned out that the brakes - both front and back - were almost completely worn out. Rather than be angry and assume I had been taken advantage of, I took the attitude that the dealer most likely did not know what the dealership's mechanic had found, only that the brakes had been checked. I am going to send the dealer a note to let him know about the situation with the brakes and suggest that he might want to talk with the mechanic who did the inspection. I am not going to demand money or be confrontational; I am not comfortable in acting that way. If the dealer decides to make some sort of restitution that will be good for his karma. If he does not, that will be OK with me. My hope is that by telling him, he may pay closer attention to the findings of pre-delivery inspections in the future. That will be good for his karma as well, and may help prevent other buyers from an unexpected - and potentially dangerous - oversight. In the past, I would not have reacted in the same way; I would have listened to people who told me to demand that the dealership pay for the cost of new brakes, and I would have felt obligated to act on their advice. I am grateful to have learned about how to incorporate the reservoir of trust into my daily life.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 7:20 am

  • Eric Leber says:

    How grateful I am to have "met" Trungpa Rinpoche through those who have passed on his great loving through his and their writings. Now I know fear as yet another gift of the basic goodness that is existence: a potent reminder that I see-feel myself as separated-from,endangered, therefore needing to "do" something to survive---as a separate self! Now I feel fear as an invitation to practice being present in loving service to all beings and things. Thank you.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 7:21 am

  • Lamar White says:

    As I read the excerpt, I related to my own experience of developing expertise to some level that I live with and function with. But as mindfulness grows, then the whole process comes alive; I see myself interacting with others with more kindness and attention. As this process evolves, I feel a growing openness and spaciousness to what is and what may come along.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

  • palikaji says:

    From Webster:

    Reservoir - 1. a place where something is kept in store
    2. extra supply - a reserve.

    Trust - 1
    a : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b : one in which confidence is placed
    a : dependence on something future or contingent : hope b : reliance on future payment for property (as merchandise) delivered : credit
    a : a property interest held by one person for the benefit of another b : a combination of firms or corporations formed by a legal agreement; especially : one that reduces or threatens to reduce competition
    archaic : trustworthiness
    a (1) : a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship (2) : something committed or entrusted to one to be used or cared for in the interest of another b : responsible charge or office c : care, custody

    Trust from the origins of the word True

    So perhaps a deep supply of truth is that which comes from the practice of just being with all the flavors, textures, consequences of our efforts or our no effort.

    Thankyou for this insight.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

  • Luis Nunez says:

    I think, Trust in our challenges, not in the result of them. Trust in our basic goodness. So the warriors are not afraid and they can open themselves to all universe, everybody and everything and they can do without limitation.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:16 am

  • Llani says:

    Wow! Thanks everyone!

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:31 am

  • Dawn says:

    The reservoir of trust is part of the process. Sometimes it's very clear, sometimes it's very muddled.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:33 am

  • Lorraine Capparell says:

    Trust is important in even beginning something, and beginning is the first step. Trust that even failure is our teacher. Either winning or losing can be a positive thing.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

  • Christa says:

    I find Pema Chodron's teachings to be so very accessible. I would love to be part of her retreat...even from a distance.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

  • cecy Korematsu says:

    Some of my greatest falures have been my sweetest blessings

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

  • cecy Korematsu says:

    some of my greatest falures have been my sweetest blessings

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

  • Linda Killick says:

    Although ones path has many branches, it is comforting to hear that our stumbles, falls, injuries, and sucessess are natural occurences along the path we have chosen. And learning to trust that these occurences are informative is liberating. Thank you.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:25 am

  • Kimberly Rettenwander says:

    In experiencing this "Trust", it continues and deepens with "Faith". The two are like wings of a bird, to really take flight deep Trust AND Faith must be present. Then we can truly surrender to what is as is.......and to the true nature of mind.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

  • Zuleyha says:

    lets do it! Sometimes so much time is spent on reading and thinking no time seems to be left to just start doing...

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:04 am

  • Frances P. Anderson says:

    I have so much more to learn about fear. I would love to attend the Online Weekend Retreat with Pema Chodron.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

  • Mariah Freemole says:

    To me, the teachings about the "reservoir of trust" offer an opportunity to further continue my journey away from notions of "right/good" and "wrong/bad". Instead, as I practice looking at myself without judgement, I can begin to see that everything simply "exists" and how I respond to it is what can wake me up.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

  • Michael says:

    Approaching trust with no strings attached, is truly liberating. How many times have I chosen not to do something because of the implications of success or failure. For success, I may be so obsessed about achieving a particular goal that I am not mindful of the present moment. For failure, I may ask, "Why should I try? I am only going to fail." However, when I focus on learning from the situation, not the outcome or results, I feel free from the inner critic. No longer held back by this deterent, I am free to experience the world like a small child, a beginner's mind, open to new possibilities.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:16 am

  • Donna says:

    In order to "awaken" one must first get out of bed and face the day, happy to be alive.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

  • Gail Zinberg says:

    I understand the reservoir of trust as the courage to learn from experience, to stay in dialogue and relationship with reality as one dialogues and relates to an wise and honest teacher.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

  • Juanita Martinez says:

    I am focusing on the tight or painful parts of my body. I allow healing time and return to the stream knowing that the current may float my body or I may bump against rocks. My body requires care, ego is placed in the trusted hands of spirit. Pema Chodron's writings and audio presentations have helped me on this path. I would love to be present with her in Richmond.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

  • wayne hansen says:

    we all have this reservoir of trust within us. we need not even cultivate it. it has been there throughout all time. experientially,in this life,we know it as our "child-self."

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

  • Elizabeth says:

    I like the connection Chogyam Trungpa makes between "the reservoir of trust" and communication. He implies that the warrior nourished by the reservoir will naturally seek to communicate. That action will lead to a response, which will lead to another communication, another response, and so on. The whole point is movement. If you keep moving, discovery is inevitable. I particularly like the use of the word "reservoir." The word "trust" has always seemed a little abstract and flat to me. When combined with the word "reservoir" it becomes three-dimensional. The "reservoir of trust" must be big and deep. I gave the pocket Shambhala version of Chogyam Trungpa's The Sacred Path of the Warrior to my older son as a Christmas stocking stuffer a few years ago. I had not read it but I do yoga and it looked full of advice for a young college graduate. Recently I picked it up at his house, and now have brought it home with me. I am reading and rereading it so that his wisdom is really part of me.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

  • Claudia McCabe says:

    Pema has been a mentor through her books and audio for twenty years of my life. She has helped me get through many aspects of my life and I listened to her constantly while caring for my mom and my dad. She helped me help them transition when no one else wanted to talk about dying. She's on my 'bucket' list to someday have the opportunity to hear and meet her. My heart races at the thought

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

  • Kerry Butler says:

    A reservoir of trust is always there. The success or failure in a venture is a personal point of view that is truly baggage, on the road of life.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 11:30 am

  • Britton Gildersleeve says:

    The universe is causal -- what we do has an impact, and that impact will make itself known. Failure is a learning experience (many of us know that intellectually), but so is success -- NOT a reward...

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  • Sandra Weiland says:

    I think I could benefit from purchasing this book. This excerpt regarding taking a trance and relying on trust is very applicable to my life at present. I am making a rather late attempt at attending graduate school. And though it is difficult, I think the idea of taking a chance and using trust is exactly what I need to be doing right now. I have felt rather insecure with my endeavor, but he is is right, the fearless warrior within me needs to give it my all and allow for trust to take its course. Why can't we all be this wise?

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  • Tee Lovelace says:

    To me "reservoir of trust" means to believe in the process that my actions will bring about change, and to do this I must sometimes open myself up feeling uncomfortable. It seems to me that the more I am mindful of my reaction to fear, the easier it becomes to smile at fear.

    Thank you for this opportunity to possibily be at the online retreat.


    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

  • Dave Pearson says:

    I've noticed that I usually learn more from my "failures" than I do from my "successes".

    Through meditation and studying the Dharma I am learning that "success" and "failure" are labels that are not particularly helpful in describing experience. Life and consciousness are experiences that are much bigger than the labels that we create for them.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

  • stella Lackore says:

    Dear ???,
    My native language is Dutch so there may be some wrong constructions of the English language.

    In the above expert the Idea is magnificent and simple!

    In 'Shambala' Chöguam Trungpa writes:
    First you must trust in yourself. ...
    You have to appriciate yourself, respect yourself, and let go of your doubt and embarrasment ... (p.54,55)

    That's the trouble! When 'Failure generally is telling us that our action has been undisciplined and inaccurate in some way. Therefore, it fails.' as above, the doubt is there and embarrasment is there.
    How to be so fast with humor and seeing the poor mecanical construction of 'my' selfpity that the failure is felt as a help for Trust?
    We don't have to see any movie anymore because the spectacle inside is most fascinating when we learn to see.

    I don't no who is the I who wilI’ll be there to soak in Pema’s teachings and also to present meditation instructions but I know I would love to accompany him or her. A free ticket to the online weekend would be maybe even better! No long journey, jetlag,etc.etc.
    O.K. Maybe my action has been undisciplined and inaccurate in some way....

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

  • Susan Ross says:

    Boulder, September 8, 2010

    praying for rain, while the slurry bombers fly over, headed north -
    exchanging oneself for others means smelling the smoke, feeling the fierce flames, giving what comfort one can, and working to fully embrace the constancy of change...

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

  • camila says:

    Thank you. This has served to emphasize the fact that I must fully trust my experience. My lack of trust and my clinging to fear have not only ended all of my amorous relationships but they have also stunted my growth professionally and perhaps even as a person. I want to be that "fearless warrior" who relates to the world with whole hearted trust in all of my actions and their repercussions, whatever they may be. I no longer want to remain "alone and insecure, hiding away" but rather take the chance to face the world and my future with fearlessness and trust that I am where I am meant to be. Thank you again, this comes at a very poignant time.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

  • Ryan D says:

    While it's true that success and failure are a part of our path, it is important to remember that the path was never meant to be painless, easy, or taken alone. Yet, that reservoir of trust can be depleted by undisciplined actions leading to failure. One might not fear the failures as much, but solitude can be a much needed respite and a clearing along that path that can lead to the renewal of that reservoir of trust.

    Always remember, the reservoirs of others may refill and deplete at different rates.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

  • Syu Toku says:

    It's always already the case - just open to it.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  • Lynn Parker says:

    The "willing to take a chance, knowing that what goes up must come down," reminds me of something Tungpa said that I carry with me in times of fear: "Go ahead" ...all the while feeling fully afraid, just keep going. Step into it.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  • tom rondello says:

    I find even inaction to often require courage and trust. As well as resolve to accept the outcome. Often that is more difficult but of greater virtue than acting out of the wrong emotion.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  • Bill Purchase says:

    I know there is a lot of people who love Pema who can't afford this teaching, but would like to take it...Is there a way to donate some money to a fund so others can take the program?

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  • Michelle Beets says:

    I am ready to open my heart to trust.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  • Paul says:

    'Taking a chance: the reservoir of trust' means that I act with a pure heart and with the knowledge that I have given all to each action, and thus, knowing that there could be no other response than what is.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  • Keith MacDonald says:

    There's a part of the Tao te Ching that (paraphrased) says "To give no trust is to get no trust" and that speaks to the "reservoir" in "reservoir of trust." When we trust the world we are in turn trusted and this is a kind of reservoir or potential waiting for us to access it, is it not?

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

  • Deborah Robertson says:

    Trust can be very difficult to maintain in daily life. Sometimes I feel I need to cautious and not trusting in order to be safe. xx

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm

  • mayadevi says:

    Reservoir of Trust - Is the ever full ocean of Truth available to us when we appreciate, understand, choose and act from the knowing that every thing we do, every choice we make and chance we take gifts us with concommitant consequences which are jewel like opportunities to practice just being in non-reactivity, feet r...ooted, open soft belly, vulnerable touchable heart, and mind like sky.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

  • scottie says:

    I am open to possibility, trust in the infinite wisdom of the Universe, follow the good path as exemplified by friends like Pema Chodron and Trungpa Rinpoche and kneel in deep gratitude to the Grace that fills my every moment. Resevoir of Trust allows me to relax and release into every moment of being, knowing that what comes will allow me the juicy opportunity to lean ever more closely to the sharp edge of the knife and feel its kiss rather than its cut.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  • Susan Gornto says:

    A reservoir of trust: Trust for me is often fleeting and other times strong. As I learn to trust in the process and see where it leads I find a deep sense of awareness of what is going on around me. My life has been one of fear and as I move out of the fear into the world I am amazed at the world around me.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm

  • Kimberly Rettenwander says:

    I wrote a comment and it is awaiting moderation?

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm

  • Mary McCann says:

    The reservoir of trust - a resounding phrase. We create an intention and commit in spite of uncertainty of outcome.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

  • Janis Hutchison says:

    I think this type of online seminar is a wonderful idea, there are so many of us that can't attend in person.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm

  • Rebeca Alvarez S. DeMovellan says:

    In the end everything is good ... if it is not good then it is not over yet.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

  • Sabrina Chase says:

    " That is how the fearless warrior relates with the universe, not by remaining alone and insecure, hiding away, but by constantly being exposed to the phenomenal world and constantly being willing to take that chance."

    To me, this means that I should speak the truth especially when I am most afraid to do it.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

  • Micah says:

    I read the quote as encouraging us to take an experimental approach to practice. Act on what makes sense, and let the world respond. Don't take success or failure personally. Both are opportunities to learn.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

  • palika says:

    Trust is my practice. Truth is the result. Pema Chodron is a gift. I cherish the opportunity to practice, to listen, to learn, to give back, to just be.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm

  • David says:

    I like the idea that we can trust both the successes and the failures in our life. It's ok to fail, and we can learn from our failures.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm

  • David says:

    My comment is awaiting moderation? Ok, I'll add that being harsh on myself if I fail is not helpful; it is counter-productive. I need to accept myself, my failures as well as my successes.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

  • Alicia Newman says:

    This writing reminds me of a story Pema Chodron wrote in one of her books, about the young warrior who was told to do battle with fear. She met the monster in the field on the appointed day, prostrated herself to it, and asked for permission to do battle with it. Fear was taken aback by this greeting, her prostration, and her courtesy of requesting permission. He told her he had no power over her except as she did as he told her to do. In spite of her trepidations, She showed up. She followed her disciplines of prostration and requesting permission to do battle. This showed her reservoir of trust was deep. She overcame the labels of "failure" or "success", and proceeded in trust. Living, as we do, in a culture of fear now, this message is greatly needed. Thank you.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

  • Laurie says:

    To trust is to feel the fear and do it anyway! To trust have absolute faith that where we are at any given moment is exactly where we are are supposed to be. There is no wrong answer... Whether we succeed or we fail, we are rewarded with a lesson to provide direction and illuminate our path.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

  • M. Stevens says:

    Two days now I come back to this. Beyond the contest, which is not really part of the return visit, is the lovely reminder to redefine our definition of trust and take away the conditionality of how we practice trust. Yesterday, I had almost immediate occasion to put this teaching to use

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  • Maria says:


    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

  • Ria Tafuri says:

    Without a reservoir of trust we are in the ocean treading water without a life preserver. The reservoir of trust is our life preserver. Let's go for a swim in the ocean!

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

  • Michele Vecchio says:

    Yesterday I almost froze with fear eventhough I know inside myself that I am on the right path. The path makes my heart sing, yet I almost left the path out of fear. I have clarity now, but, it truly became confusing. I can see how it can be so easy to walk away. I am thankful for all those who are there to help us all the way. To stay true to our own path as the warriors that we all know we are.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

  • Linda Lacey Missouri says:

    Thinking in categories, such as life and death, failure and success, separates me from the reservoir of trust. In this moment am I willing to take a step into the unknown, recognizing that a step forward or a step backward are categories, and my journey will include both/and, not either/or.

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  • Tatiana Papas says:

    I've read Chogyam Trungpa's, Smile at Fear and I aspire to translate it into Greek!

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 11:09 pm

  • Ivar van Hoorn says:

    Our fears are like dragons, guarding our most precious treasures. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

    Posted on September 8, 2010 at 11:51 pm

  • Dales Linda says:

    A reservoir full of trust can be emptied as quick as a reservoir full of water.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 12:27 am

  • Pam says:

    "that you can trust both the successes and the failures in your life". We learn from both." Thank you, I will practice trusting each.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:30 am

  • Prochnow, Erik says:

    Who is the one who wants to trust?

    best wishes

    Erik Prochnow, Germany

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:37 am

  • Amelia Charles says:

    I have been working a lot with trust recently in the relative world. I have just moved into a new apartment in a foreign country with a partner who, although not new, seems to constantly reinvent himself and our relationship everyday. Not being in my own culture has been difficult in the past, and I know that I can never expect my partner to be the solid ground I want him to be. Trusting him, the "unfolding" of our relationship, and taking every step as a new challenge to relax into humility - these are the themes of my life right now.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 2:12 am

  • Betsy Smith says:

    Trust is the bottom line. To paraphrase Emerson, it is the mother of all the virtues.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 3:30 am

  • Shari says:

    I never realized how much I worked to NOT face fear, self hatred, anger, greed and more until I began to stand firm, simply note what was arising, and do that with kind awareness as best I could. It is amazing that when I simply make the intention and do the best I can, the Dharma seems to take that struggling effort and makes the connection. The "I" that seems to be there is taken out of the equation. At first, the flood gates of intense fear, etc. opened and I felt like I was a tiny struggling half-drowned person barely hanging onto the deck of a small boat as it was tossed by wild, black, endless storm waters. Would I survive this? Would this be worth the intense pain of trying to just stay and bear it? Gradually the storms settled. If I forgot and indulged my habits of spacing out or repressing what was arising, the intense storms of fear, etc. would be back. The pain is intense, but it is teaching me that being present with the fear, anger, etc. as they arise is a lot less awful than trying to repress, run away from or get identified with whatever is arising. As I learn to accept, more kindness and generosity for everything within me and outside me is growing. Joy is the result. I'm realizing that fear underlies aggression, and it helps me see that those who are aggressive as very much like me, and compassion arises. May we all persevere on this path!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 5:00 am

  • Bil says:

    is again, isness again, not-is soon enough

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:09 am

  • trikester says:

    Still learning to trust... hoping for a chance to increase not just my knowledge, but also ability.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:11 am

  • Celine Lavoie says:

    This reminds me of one of my favorite quote from Zen : "Leap and the net will appear"
    There is such a sense a freedom and of confidence to understand that the world is always there to give us feedback if we have the willingness to take chances, to feel joy and pain alike and to look at life with an open heart.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:13 am

  • Rene Evenson says:

    Taking chances: more difficult the older we get, but more rewarding as well :)

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:13 am

  • Gillian says:

    Fear - it is what it is.
    From a human/animal perspective, fear is necessary. It alerts us to situations that might not be safe.
    Holding on to fear, however, serves no purpose.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

  • Karen T. says:

    Cheers to Shambhala Publications for offering access to Pema's teachings. Let us trust that five worthy disciples will gain admission. (I sure would like to be one of them!)

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:18 am

  • ericka says:

    Well, to read such words of wisdom makes me silent.

    But than again I want to respond, in words...So I'll make some noise...(sorry for that) The words above make me remember my breathing. I take a deep breathe. All the way...from Holland and back to the energy of wisdom and back to my little world, trying to create a big view, and up again to the level of trust and down again, falling and up again ect...I'm so happy to see all these people getting energy and bravery from 'ancient' words....may this never stop...

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:18 am

  • Randolph Cremer says:

    "....constantly being exposed to the phenomenal world and constantly being willing to take that chance."
    Thank you for rminding me what it means to be a true warrior.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

  • Lake says:

    Trying to be hopeful that whatever occurs, I will be able to cope comfortably.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

  • Lori Brown says:

    I have tried to live my life this way. It is not an easy path because where the path leads is unknown. One sets a course and then one has to connect to some deep well of trust. It is this trust that allows us to leap, trusting that the net will appear. We learn from whatever the outcome is whether it is success or failure, though those two words seem extreme and laden with judgment. I have lived by the Quaker notion of "way closed." It is difficult to start on a path only to find "way closed" but it is also in an odd way a confirmation that a path exists that is wide open. If I think in terms of "way open" and "way closed" it suggests that it relies not just on my success or failure but also on the sense that there is a path for me that is in some way being co-created by something much larger than me.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:26 am

  • Dan says:

    The chinese proverb 'crisis is another word for opportunity' has penetrated popular culture in these uncertain times. I think Pema Chodron says that times of groundlessness present the greatest opportunity to deepen our practice- and it's a mantra i'm living by having left the corporate world to move to a new city and pursue a dream of starting my own company! Participating in this retreat via webcast would be a wonderful opportunity to practice letting go of- or fully embracing fears! two sides of the same coin, right?

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:27 am

  • marion rae says:

    What a liberating view: that you can trust both the successes and the failures in your life. We learn from both. Trusting in both success and failure gives us permission to take chances without being so afraid of the repercussions—because whatever the repercussions are, they are part of our path.

    I am grateful to read these words and be reminded that we learn from both the successes and failures...that we can trust all our experiences to teach us if we stay in touch with the trust. I am beginning to learn this lesson and I am a slow learner, I need reminding (or maybe excavating!)I don't really know how to "own" this or live from this understanding because it seems to elude me and that is a strange experience...I don't seem to "know" in a way that is "concrete" because I lose this awareness. When I am in touch with the "reservoir of trust" life flows beautifully...regardless of the number or degree of the obstacles. I have had that experience and deeply know this to be true. But, somehow, I completely forget to keep the learning forefront in my awareness. I seem to need to learn and relearn over again experientially. That's why I appreciate these words of Chogyam Trungpa Rinoche's I read above, they direct awareness so clearly and gently! Thank you very much for your teaching and writing and kind sharing of your understanding.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:30 am

  • Marchele says:

    I think want to be careful not to confuse trust with expectation.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:30 am

  • Peter Hofmann says:

    It seems to me that the focus of the reservoir of trust is trust in "my" non-self to project appropriate expression at all times, even in open correction of its last expression, and to remain available to reverberations of those expressions to feel what comes and find peace. Our responsibility is to minimize our grip on expectations.

    Be well.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:32 am

  • frugalista says:

    An Islamic message resonates with this also - "If you take one step towards Allah, He (sic) will take a thousand steps towards you."

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:32 am

  • Laura says:

    ...reading this passage causes my vulnerability to quiver a bit but move forward I must!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

  • Dan Anderson says:

    When one realizes that there is nothing to fear, but fear itself--that it is only one of the four basic emotions and like all of them it is fleeting, unless we cling to it; trust in it's passing is easy, but only if one doesn't forget this truth.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:35 am

  • Erin Swoish says:

    Cultivating trust in whatever the outcome is becomes a whole lot easier if one creates an environment for themselves that is filled with love, compassion and forgiveness.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:37 am

  • elizabeth hurwitz says:

    Have noticed recently that fear is very active when I reflect upon the thought "this too shall pass". Thank you for these postings.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:39 am

  • Kathy says:

    This quote reminds me of so many teachings that I'm always trying to incorporate into my life. However, as importantly, it reminds me of my life. I sometimes think that I've lived my whole life in fear. Somehow I always managed to, on quite shaky legs, move forward and through it. From growing up in the projects, through the loss of my parents before I was 18, to earning a master's degree in Anthropology, to becoming a humanitarian aid worker, through working in war torn countries, etc. What keeps me going - always finding hope, love, and compassion in the midst of fear. And the understanding that it is fear that causes humans to act in such ways that cause pain, unrest, and dis-ease.

    Here are some other quotes on few. I apologize that I don't remember all the authors to leave appropriate acknowledgement.
    -Courage is not the absense of fear. It's feeling the fear and going forward anyway.
    -Courage is going to the edge and taking the next step.
    -It also reminds me of a story that Pema tells about a group of monks walking to the gates of a monastery and being greeted by a ferocious dog. One monk walked straight at the dog, and then the dog cowered in fear (excuse the poor telling of this story).

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:39 am

  • Philip Bateman says:

    Trust is a smile in the face of absurdity or hostility, the realisation that failure is an outcome of practice and neither good nor bad, that impermanence and flux are our day to day, as opposed to objective, fixed realities.. trusting in the lack of absolute trust, trusting in the flux and its volatility, thus never being too surprised, merely.. present and conscious of doing good or evil, a sentiment that fills our heart and our minds before our hands or mouths ever reach out to another.. this is what trust means to me. ** I would love to be picked for a ticket to the webcast. Thank you for the work you do :D

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:41 am

  • Ryan Ananat says:

    Some one out of the blue told me a few days ago that amazing things happen when you trust. Now this beautiful passage. Auspicious.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:43 am

  • karen sulak says:

    The reservoir of trust. Hmm. I need to learn about this. I would also like to be one of the five to listen to such a eloquent mindful teacher. Thank you!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

  • Ina s. says:

    It means...the Great Eastern Sun which always shines...Inside and outside...

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:50 am

  • Jeff H says:

    Trust - to act with no guarantees!! What an insult to my ego, but in the end it's the only way to live.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:52 am

  • Angela says:

    It's so wonderful to know that so many are gathering to hear Pema Chodron!

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:56 am

  • Joan G says:

    I seem to have a much easier time trusting success. To stay with sadness, anger, and disappointness is much more difficult. I have found that when I do "stay" I am able to see it more clearly, more simply,and often loosen it's grip on me and then feel more compassion for myself and others.
    Even though I have experienced this I still tend to run, avoid "bad" feelings as a first reaction

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:57 am

  • Nancy Vandenberg says:

    What came up for me is that I have been hiding in my fear. Instead of saying "no" to things and thus staying safe, I need to say yes to life and experience the universe more fully. Example - yesterday a yoga teacher was walking house to house with a flyer for her classes. She encouraged me to come today for the sitting yoga class. My first response was "great" but then I talked my self around to "no, couldn't possible do that". I believe that everything happens for a reason. The class is an hour from now - I am going saying yes.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:58 am

  • Heather Patno says:

    Discipline. Failure is the result of an undisciplined or inaccurate way. Discipline and consistency in action have been my lesson to be learned. I am still resisting. Apparently, resistance is futile. ;)

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:59 am

  • Beth says:

    I just read this in the book a few days ago...spells a degree of RELIEF

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

  • Kate G. says:

    I've seen this so clearly in my garden this year. And myself, of course. But actually seeing the plants thrive or shrivel makes me look clearly at the success/failure aspect of my creations. Luckily, if a plant dies, I can simply compost it and it goes directly back to mother earth. If I fail in my work however, the effects are more complex. I wish everything was as simple as a plant turning back into dirt.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

  • Thom Heil says:

    Trust is allowing yourself to be open to the world, to let it change you by giving you feedback. Many people have a difficult time receiving feedback from loved ones, strangers, or the universe, because they are ashamed of themselves. But when we get feedback, it is simply a reflection of who we are in the world. There is no need to shut oneself off from the world out of fear of seeing ourselves clearly. Instead, we can open ourselves to the world and allow ourselves to trust that the feedback we get is what is meant for us to hear.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:09 am

  • Bonnie Jackson says:

    Only through taking a risk, can one experience the energetics of both ' success' and ' failure' and hence, gain confidence through experiencing that both are workable. Both are a wattage that lights the way.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:12 am

  • Deborah says:

    Fear seems to be made up of many thoughts. I'm afraid I won't be safe. I'm afraid I won't be loved, etc. Seeing these thoughts has been helpful to me in working with fear.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

  • Jerry H says:

    The line "Failure generally is telling us that our action has been undisciplined and inaccurate in some way" is difficult for me. Not all success or failure is due to our actions somehow being correct and some times success/failure just happens and sometimes failure ends up being the best thing and success leads to trouble.
    Still, as usual, what Rinpoche is saying holds true. The best course is to trust in the path and the phenomenal world while acting prudently.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:23 am

  • Imre Berty says:

    To me "the reservoir of trust" exercpt above means trusting in the basic situation: trusting in myself -having a srong back and a soft front, trusting the world - seeing the basic goodness of all beings, and trusting in the communication that takes place - that the reflections of the world provide powerful feedback. The "reservoir of trust" enables me to repeatedly step out into the unknown, in spite of the terror that I feel in doing so, in spite of the fear of failure, and accept the challenge of being in the world, accepting the smiles and the tears and whatever arises.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

  • Mary P. says:

    Fully experiencing the reservoir of trust, is to be fearless. If success and failure are equally beneficial, there is nothing to fear. The emptiness of fear is thus revealed.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

  • Jan Tarlin says:

    The "reservoir of trust" idea gives a serious meaning to the usually meaningless cliche "It's all good." The reservoir of trust is the indestructible certainty that any risk taken will yield valuable insight into how skillful or unskillful our actions are in the most important areas of our lives. Thus, any outcome of any risk-- whether it be "success" or "disaster"-- is "good" in that it provides us with knowledge that we can use to move ourselves further along the path.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

  • Debra Smith says:

    I understand this as being geniune with whatever happens to you, which takes courage, but the result is that fear slowly takes a back seat in your life.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:37 am

  • Sharon says:

    Health issues have prompted me to re-evaluate & re-allign with the universe this year. New paths bring us wisdom but during, it often feels like the pits!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

  • Wendy H. says:

    I love this piece on trust and taking chances. I have recently taken a chance that has enabled me to step into my larger, more unlimited and wild self. This has been an exhilarating and terrifying process. Some days I feel vibrant and awake and aware of the importance of cultivating relationship with others. Some days I feel claustrophobic, terrified that I am somehow an impostor in my own life who wants to isolate and shut others out. The fear comes as a result of my willingness and courage to expand my mind and open my heart to all the possibilities in this precious life. So the fear is ultimately, a sign post that I am headed in the right direction. Both fear and trust belong to the path. It's the remembering to trust, to jump in....even a little....that can be challenging. But I am reminded right now because of this post and have a heart full of gratitude.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:46 am

  • Wanda Evans says:

    Resevoir of trust is being able to stay present with yourself and others in even the most fearful and uncomfortable situations knowing that things will turn out if we don't always try to get away from the discomfort.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:48 am

  • Stephan says:

    Taking a chance is letting go of our conditioned mind, letting go of the chains that we have forged in our mind.

    When the newborn elephant tied to a pole and chain becomes a 6 ton mature bull, it still believes wrongly that it cannot break that chain.

    If only it knew...

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

  • Chantal says:

    Living from the reservoir of trust is fully surrendering the notion of success and failure in one's experience. Easier said than done but slowly getting there with some awereness

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:52 am

  • Tay Haines says:

    Pema has helped me see it's fear of feeling . . . feeling too much, feeling too much pain, fear, anxiety, loss . . . I see my emotional capacity needs conscious cultivating.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:53 am

  • Mike Rush says:

    So, success and failure could be seen as neither for you nor against you, but rather experiences from which to learn and grow. Trust sounds like a courageous counterbalance to fear. I've heard it said that the world is neither for you nor against you, a concept that makes the world seem a less frightening and more trustworthy place. It occurred to me the other day during practice that so much of what I fear springs from my own mind. Then I thought that if, externally, the world is neither for me nor against me, likewise, internally, my own mind is neither for me nor against me. My mind is clear and nonjudgmental and compassionate at its core. This lead me to believe that I can trust it and that I do not have to fear myself. That in turn makes me feel like I can take chances to be out in the world, engaging with it.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

  • Lyn Hartley says:

    The North American culture is so fixated on success and it is a helpful reminder for me to notice that trust is just about stepping up, without an agenda for the positive or the negative. I love Kate's comment (above) about if something doesn't work out in her garden, it makes excellent compost!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

  • Richard says:

    The idea of success and failure is one not of achieving something or not achieving, but more about the idea that something, anything, was attempted. I think the question that comes to my mind is "how do we define success?" I am successful because the outcome was positive, or what I felt should have happened. We can fail, but also succeed at the same time, I think the failure may be an emphasis on what the end result is. The success is in the attempt, or the active participating in something. Be it planting a garden, building a house, or even simply finishing a good book. The success is actively doing something, the failure is in not doing anything. I don't feel its only about the end result.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

  • Cheryl says:

    What does the 'reservoir of trust' mean to me (us)?
    The reservoir is within ourselves and the three jewels:
    The Buddha, Dharma and Sanga.

    As Pema once said, "We can learn to keep cool when the ground beneath us disappears" - due to the reservoir of trust!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:12 am

  • Eric Weinberg says:

    Not reacting:
    not contracting in fear from what I don't want
    or grabbing at pleasure puffing up
    Limitless connection appears
    what I thought I did not want I created myself
    rather than running from it
    I figure out how to make offerings
    first imagined but eventually compassion arises
    In that moment, the red yelling faces
    receive my quiet assurance,
    The Lion's Roar
    "it is all workable"

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

  • andy weiner says:



    go ahead
    take a sip,
    drink, then

    jump in

    can you swim?

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

  • dinesh says:

    as Bhgvad Gita says: you should do your work without expecting result,you will get result by karamic laws.
    You should have attitude to be equally happy whatever is outcome

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:26 am

  • cesar says:

    in the past, during adversities, i would always say to myself or others, "don't worry, things will get better."

    practice has giving me the confidence and trust to now realize that things will get better, or get worse..and that's ok too.

    may confusion dawn as wisdom.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:27 am

  • Darla Birston says:

    When I read that failure indicates action that is undisciplined or inaccurate in some way, a part of me yells "Ha, I told you so! You just need to do things right and be disciplined." Another part of says that my attempts to do that in the past have failed. Of course. Before, I was adhering to exterior standards. Now, my challenge is to act from the moment, from an interior standard, where success may follow in an indirect and suprising way.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:32 am

  • dustin says:

    having the discipline to nurture trust and confidence requires a great deal of bravery. despite how painful it can be, there's something really safe about "alone and insecure". and also warm blankets.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

  • Dot says:

    Trungpa Rinpoche was absolutely fearless! and, therefore, to me, fully present.To know failure, success, are both part of our living in the world, not hiding, roarinng at the sun, laughing at fear, is confrontation of the best kind! And, what else can I do, but laugh, when life looks ridiculous?

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:41 am

  • Bronwyn G says:

    Trusting means not fearing the outcome and trusting that the continual process is supportive and enough. I am dealing with my spouse's terminal illness; I used to fear the worst and obsess about how it was going to play out (various scenarios) and if I would be able to cope with the situations as they arise. The anxiety was unbearable. I am learning through Pema's teachings to explore the fear and not to let it ruin the given moment.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

  • tashi says:

    His words and hers go to the core constantly.
    A reminder, a physical support for practice

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

  • Faith says:

    These days I find it easy to slip into despair and discouragement as I see and hear what is going on in the world as well as right here. Especially at these times, I am deeply grateful for the teachings. This wisdom is our reservoir of trust, courage, honesty,compassion, lovingkindness, gentleness--the wisdom of our true humanness.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

  • Jay says:

    I find this teaching very timely. At this point in my practice, I have been working with much fear and trust. Wanting to move forward into the fear with trust, but feeling the ego screaming "retreat, retreat, retreat into safety".

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

  • Kym says:

    The last sentence is the most poignant. I have ordered the Smile at Fear book and didn't act fast enough to get tix to her Richmond weekend.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

  • Melissa says:

    The reservoir of trust knows it is fruitless to try to minimize or hide our mistakes in an effort to be praised only. I study guitar online with a master jazz guitarist and for each lesson he asks us to submit our first takes, mistakes and all. "How else can I help you learn what you need to know next?" Mistakes are how we learn what we need to know next, and even sometimes, in improvisation, they are "happy mistakes" that sound better than what we had planned!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

  • Stan Wolf says:

    So often, when I choose a course of action and the result is not what I wanted or expected, I view it as punishment or a repudiation by the material world. Gradually, teachings like this from my exposure to Shambhala are chipping away at this win/lose suceed/fail view of the world. Just in time too - as I have become fearful of venturing into the world at all to make any effort.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

  • Donna Meyer says:

    The reservoir of trust brings to my mind the idea that there is a large quantity of trust available to us at all times, we just have to tap into it. Just like a reservoir of water is available and when we need it, we use it. It is easy to allow fear and guilt to block our way to the reservoir but it is always there.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

  • Matt says:

    I was listening to the Dammaphada and also Unconditional Confidence and was thinking that just deciding to follow the path goes an awful long way towards enlightement.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

  • Steve M says:

    yes, trust the process. and, trust that communication is fundamental to process. keep communication open, live, learn, build the reservoir.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:18 am

  • Jim says:

    When I feel threatened by something, or sad, or fearful of what comes up, I try to start accepting it. The "start" part is crucial to be gentle. If I can't succeed at leaping to acceptance, I try to just begin. The notion of a reservoir of trust reminds me that I can always see an "unacceptable" situation as a teacher, or better yet, as truly empty of persona, rather than as an enemy.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:23 am

  • Christina Sage C. says:

    The reservoir of trust is like water. Is it the size of a river or a cup in the palm of our hand? It is the space we have to operate, our knowingness, our reliance on the laws of the universe. We can toss salt into water in the palm of our hand, or we can toss the salt into a river. The more water in the reservoir, the greater the ability to handle the saltiness, the saturation, the result. If we have a great reservoir, a knowingness, or trusting in the universe, brought through experience and discipline, then we are able to handle the answers in life with greater neutrality, as an answer rather than react with fear and a closing down. We are able to keep that reservoir within ourselves, that space for more challenges, more chances, more seeds. We can accept and trust that the seed was not planted in good soil, or was not watered properly, or there happened to be bad weather (beyond our control). It is our ability to be able to learn from this seed, look deeply, and have the space, reservoir, the water, to try again. Maybe it is just about having enough water in the reservoir for any result, whether or not success or failure was due to conditions or actions. Or maybe it is just the neutrality of our acceptance of what is.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:31 am

  • Allison Porter says:

    I chose to receive the 'Ocean of Dharma' quotes several years ago, after my ten month old was dramatically diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In my path was/ is much fear, anger and confusion at what 'happened' to me/ my daughter. Each day I receive an 'Ocean of Dharma' quote I feel a gift has been shared, and read it with as much openness and clarity as I can, so I can polish my life intentions even more. My reservoir of trust has grown, and extends like a well into infinity. This scares me. But not as a victim of circumstances. What scares me is the potential I know I have to look into the well, and find ways to sense what is, within the fear, and know I can be with it; my reservoir of trust.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

  • CT says:

    I understand that the value of "trust" lies implying a sort of passivity (accepting reality), but I find it somewhat hollow or unproductive because of this. I might prefer to use the word wonder, since the point is keeping our energetic awareness.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

  • Erin says:

    I appreciate the pointing in this excerpt - it speaks to me of simply trusting in that most basic Buddhist teaching of cause & effect/karma. Trusting that reality responds lawfully to our engagement with it, whether our mind deems it "good" or "bad." It's lawful. But I especially like the way it's framed as a "reservoir of trust." An invitation to trust in the basic goodness of what unfolds. Thanks!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:11 am

  • Dr. Ray's student 1972-74 says:

    The fear Rinpoche speaks of is fear of failure. If we want a message, if we want to grow, if we want to serve without fear, why not smile?

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

  • Sue Robinson says:

    We here in Boulder are so in need of our reservoir of trust.Because of the hugely destructive fire, burning homes, displacing wild life and wreaking havoc with our lives, we are suffering within this potentially transformative opportunity. It has seemed to me like a funeral pyre, something to stay present with, and observe.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

  • Barbara B says:

    " means that we know that our actions will bring a definite response from reality." With that action must come the intent that directs the action. If that intent is in-line, then the results will be with out question.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:35 am

  • Pat Houtz says:

    It is all about the moment of making the leap. Getting traction on the exhileration and exuberance of propelling beyond the fear after it has been embraced.Kissing it goodbye until you meet again.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

  • Mike says:

    Wow...I find that hard to do! I'm coming to learn though that the trust is not something that faces outward, but inward. The reservoir to be built is inside, it is my own integrity and faith that I can have my own best interests at heart and can be true to myself.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

  • Tom Lynch says:

    The will of humankind was not designed for power but for submission, and trust is powerless. Trust is the living water of the brain. All of our finest qualities, such as to love, to learn, to dream, and to discover, are dependent on trust alone to flourish. And to that degree we can trust in the source of the divine at the hearth of our being, will be the measure of both genuine life and abundance. We are not exactly autonomous beings but a complex nexus of love, interconnected with each other and to the divine. The non-resistance of trust provides a steady and full flow of love, and love dissolves all fear.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

  • Alan says:

    Trust implies "belief" or "faith" at some level. There is no trust necessary to understand that all consequences arise from our perceptions, conduct and each and every action in the quality of consciousness and intention from which it was initiated or created. Whether effects are immediate or delayed they are traceable to themselves a causal nexus. The quality of an action ebbs and flows in the stream of consciousness, which is perhaps a flow of intentionality. To this end once could relate to a metaphor of "reservoir of trust" as something which carries yet requires the skill of a raftsman to navigate or even negotiate rapids on a passage downstream, yet equally going upstream against that flow but to a destination which has arisen in the heart. Which way is right? I don't believe any right answer can be found, nor guarantees of survival or "success" and "failure" which in themselves imply discrimination of good from bad or right from wrong?

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

  • Sonora says:

    Seems as though most people are searching for guidance, for answers, and trust is the way to get them!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:09 am

  • Richard Tetrault says:


    Trusting in ourselves and life, helps to create a positive attitude, which will transform failures into future successes as we learn more and suffer less from them.



    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

  • Deborah Tabor says:

    Trust is fundamental to the journey. Yes, what a liberating view - that it's all good - the process and any results that come from it - whether success or failure. It's good to be reminded that what appears to be failure is just information/feedback. Thanks again, Rinpoche for your great clarity!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

  • Kelly says:

    I can't wait to hear Pema speak on this. I appreciate the edge of action=result and what I read as good action --> good result (and vice versa.) Actually, I hope I read that second part wrong, but trust the delicious, mind-boggling process.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:27 am

  • Kai says:

    Facing fear is probably the crucial aspect of practice especially if you don't feel fearful at all...

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

  • Kurt says:

    Trusting, really trusting, is no easy feat. It is standing at the edge of the cliff and deciding whether to take the next step or not; being able to trust that you will be OK. For me it has been a challenge to let my old self die to my a new one. I know the benefits are there for my new, broader self, but a very basic fear can take over, contracting me to the old ways. To trust is for me to let myself be vulnerable, to open myself to the chance that it might not be completely OK, but it is worth the risk. This is a challenge I am more and more willing to take.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

  • palika says:

    Diving into the Reservoir of Trust for a full body experience of no risk, cause every choice and consequence is blessed gift of feedback!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  • Bob Jihi Merrill says:

    Once, when asked about the teachers who say their "way is the only way" the Buddha said:

    "Don't hurry to believe in anything, even if it has been written in the holy scriptures. Don't hurry to believe in anything just because a very famous teacher has said it. Don't believe in anything just because the majority has agreed that it is the truth. You should test anything people say with your own experience before you accept or reject it."

    I would like to attend the Online Taking a Chance Sessions because I have difficulty understanding the meaning of part of the quote from above:

    "Failure generally is telling us that our action has been undisciplined and inaccurate in some way. Therefore, it fails. When our action is fully disciplined, it usually is fulfilled; we have success."

    If we are not to "cling" and if all is impermanent, how can it be certain that an action will have success or failure based upon discipline or inacuracy? What about the element of chance? I build a house following all the codes with the best materials and a tornado comes and renders it into a pile of scrapwood. Is this not a lesson in impermanence and the concept of manifestation?

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  • Kwren says:

    I had a devastating event in my marriage two and a half years ago, and I am working on not taking on the victim mentality that keeps me from trusting my husband. This event introduced me to the Buddhist teachings via Pema Chodron, and I can truly see how you can use "poison as medicine" to change the path of my life. By viewing trust as "the willingness to take a chance," I can find a path to goodness in life.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  • Linda Guinee says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! I always learn so much from Pema, and look forward to being able to be part of this - even from the other coast!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

  • Art Starkovich says:

    With the reservoir of trust, there is always "success." That one takes steps to accomplish something, or to communicate, may result in success or failure toward the end of that something or that communicaiton. But that there is a result at all translates to "success."

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm

  • Jim Herman says:

    I believe you trust in your ability to learn, grow, and evolve from the causes and conditions that arise from our actions and thoughts....or if not...then we suffer from attachment, greed, and ignorance.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  • Annette says:

    I do not yet know what it means. Would love to get a chance to...
    :) Thank you!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  • Branko Bozik says:

    “reservoir of trust” ? I have no doubt.. I´m going..

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

  • Margaret Jones Callahan says:

    Precision opens my eyes. I see the details in the heart of a flower, and my own heart opens, allowing perceptions to arise in a penetrating manner, touching some deeper thread of reality, some thread of truth, some thread of knowing that has always been a part of my awareness. I have more often ignored than noticed it. This simple sense of "rightness" I which I trust sustains me. It is the basis for for further confidence and precision that allows me to open new doors and to leap into scary places. It allows me to feel fear, let it become full blown, and let it dissolve. Facing the heart of the monster is like looking into the centre of the flower.. the details emerge and the beauty of the monster arises.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm

  • Cindy Boeckmann says:

    Aloha -

    The "reservoir of trust," what does it mean to me?

    To trust is to know, to know is to have faith, to have faith for me often creates fear. This arena of trust is often were I fall short. I fear being hurt, I fear failing, I fear being wrong or right. This means that my "reservoir" is not full enough. I continue to work on this daily and when my "reservoir" is full things come much easier, I feel well, successful, creative, and motivated. I must work towards not allowing others to take a bucket without consent. I need to be full enough to share from my "reservoir" with others. I need to trust that there is enough - abundance is ever present. Today - as I remember my dear friend Barb who transitioned to the next stage in her journey that each day is a gift, we must trust - we must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that source is forever present. Trust is my journey! Blessings to all.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

  • amikaruna says:

    i hold perfect trust in life the basic goodness that is within and all around us...everything, all of the experiences that bring joy or suffering, only bring us closer to the that i hold perfect trust as well...

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

  • Andrew Rock says:

    Fear may be the deepest habit energy of all, and the most powerful, yet it is only a mental formation. And in the end there is nothing to be afraid of, but we cloak emptiness in many imposing costumes and then act out our scripts of suffering. Enough! Let the light shine through to reveal the wonders of every moment!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

  • kimberly royston says:

    Trust in ourselves, whether it results in failure or sucess is the key to a fulfilling life. Even the failures become sucess, as they teach us valuable lessons that we would not have received if we indeed had suceeded in the first place.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm

  • evie p. says:

    I love the idea of trusting in both success and failure. It inspires me to stop clinging to fear and instead channel my energy and intention into the action that I am taking or that I want to take. It is very liberating.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

  • john odenthal says:

    It is stunning how this teaching makes you rethink your notion of "failure" and all its baggage: Failure vs. success, Fear of failure, and so on. By undercutting the exaggerated, big deal quality of failure, which is ingrained in us ("winning is everything"), it allows endless space to expand and grow. This is a profound help to all, especially to men.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

  • Lise Breton says:

    How refreshing and deeply connected to the reality of life. What goes up must go down, is a fact.
    Being right now in a period of great changes I am feeling the Trust towards the unknown as I read this teaching. I feel space opening in my mind since failure or success are Both teachers and Both bring the possibility to be in action without the certainty of the outcome. All I know is how sincere I am when I make my choices to act.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

  • seana wagner says:

    The idea that " those responses are not regarded as either punishment or congratulations" is where the peace comes in. I have experienced many "situations" in life that, in some way, have either been positive or negative( if one can really say that) and have instilled a sense of calm and acceptance within myself.All have resulted from living...experiencing birth, death, love, understanding (when I have to work at it...and when I don't) thus...taking a chance. It's simple...(yet so complex.) This passage to me just means this: don't let life pass you by.Experience EVERYTHING no matter how vulnerable you become, how painful it all is or how beautiful you believe it to be.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

  • Carroll Bever says:

    What occurs with Trust is beyond logic, and in this

    I do rejoice !

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

  • Kwren says:

    Learning to trust has been an important teacher for me. After experiencing a trauma in my life two years ago, I learned very quickly that sadness and despair--hitting rock bottom-- was key to being able to accept myself and find compassionate self-discipline. In order to learn and grow, I must take the chance of trusting again, and abandon judgments about the outcome in terms of success or failure.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm

  • Laura SACKVILLE says:

    This is indeed a liberating view!
    Thank you for bringing it to my/our awareness once again!

    Like Lise, above, (and like everyone else) I am in a time of change....... and great opportunity to trust both success and failure.

    Onward ho! KiKi SoSo!

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  • donna salyer says:

    seems to me .."the reservoir of trust" is a knowing that
    choices are to be made in order to progress on the's all can't go wrong..every experience
    yeilds a benefit...sometimes not so fun or comfortable...but all of it are steps along the way pleasent or not.

    Thanks for the opportunity to possiably get a free admission to the week end retreat on line

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  • donna salyer says:

    it is actually 10:10 pm 9/9 here onthe west coast

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

  • Amirra Mazza says:

    It is important that we remain engaged (actively or passively)with our lives at all times, trust helps us stay connected.

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

  • Therese van Tilburg says:

    My dear,

    What a surprise to find the coming program by Pema Chödron
    inspired bij 'smile at fear'.
    Yes i would like to be in the contest to receive her teachings at
    sharing with friends here. What an opportunity!

    Thank you and wish you well.

    Therese van Tilburg

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 12:09 am

  • Hagimont says:

    Naked in a seemingly boundless space, we may experience tremendous fear, as terrifying as this space is vast.
    What lies beyond that fear?
    Even more space...

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 1:10 am

  • Gerald McLoughlin says:

    A reservoir of trust is to practice the old saying that the only way out is through.

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 4:11 am

  • David Eaves says:

    We trust the teachings and the meditaion experience that tells us to open to the world and live life as it goes. The present experience is the fuel of understanding. Meditation reinforces our wonder at the world and its' dymamics. Our child-like curiousity is renewed. We trust in our present experience. In the present we vibrate with the atoms of our pain and love. We live with joy and fear. We trust life.

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 4:48 am

  • Heather Killeen says:

    I'm a recovering addict who has lived most of my life in fear. I have been working for the last month or so, not too in depth, but by myself, on really FEELING my fear and understanding it, but like Rinpoche says, I can't do it alone. Last night I realized that I'm going to be 35 in one month, and I have wasted TOO MUCH TIME living in fear, believing that one day,something will HAPPEN to me to liberate me, to save me, I don't know, maybe (I didn't think I did but) I am waiting for a rescue. I realize that I have to CREATE MY LIFE, DO THINGS, TAKE CHANCES,INTERACT WITH PEOPLE in order to realize my desires, dreams, whatever. I've been hiding in books,but now I need to PRACTICE self love, meditation, fighting fear to ACT. I would love help. I would love community. I want to LIVE, and I KNOW I'm capable of SO MUCH MORE. I'm letting my fears keep me stuck, and I'm petitioning the Universe, and you, for help. THANK YOU!!!

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 4:54 am

  • StormFree says:

    I just got fired from my job because my boss and I could not get unstuck from each other. Thinking this was inevitable, I've used Pema Chodron's tapes from our library over the last week to begin to think of this as good thing. When the hammer finally fell, I was remarkably calm. Thank you, Pema Chodron.

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 5:16 am

  • mo campbell says:

    Trust and commitment work together to stay connected and open to the lessons and blessings of our life.

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 10:17 am

  • Tracy Norman says:

    I would like to smile at fear and move on.

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

  • julie bleak says:

    It means to stop second guessing my intentions and actions. To believe in my true nature and understand that whatever happens it is all progress, moving forward, and learning.

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  • Suzanna Kole says:

    Nearly two years ago, Every thing seemed to collapse at once. I was diagnosed with a bone disease and needed several bone prosthetic replacements, I lost my university faculty job of over 20 years while in the year long period of excruciating pain that preceded the emergency operation. My house went into foreclosure, and I am still packing and placing my sweeetest items in storage units, My daughter --my sweet daughter--left for college after doing great research with her re scholarships during my period of physical healing.
    ....during all of this, I suddenly could see and feel like I never could in my life...painful as it has been. I told my mate of 24 years, who i adore, that he could not stay in the house until he worked on his violence (which he has not done with regularity, hence, I have been living alone), I took a leap to stay in California (from Maine) in order to attend a program to augment my employability. Everyday, I try to remember that it is okay for me to be alive...I have a place here (though, I have no community or friends yet, in CA). I am struggling...can't tell the heroic story from a typical place of enlightenment. I will tell you, that every evening, I light a candle on my two alters. Every night.
    ....and if I am having trouble coping, I walk to Safeway with my shopping cart--even in the darkest dark-- and talk to people on the way there, and when I get there--ask them their stories...remember that we are in it together.
    ...I am doing the best I can do...I set my keyboard up.
    I sing a few notes sometimes...this matters...these small gestures of spirit sounding through me...I cry sometimes. I feel the intensity of my isolation. I sigh right now as I speak the truth.

    Posted on September 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

  • Danielle says:

    I see my own experience in what is written above: the ways to dissolve fear meet all in oneself. If you let fear drive your life, there is no success and no failure: there is just a long period of confusion and panic. You live in your fear like in a womb and you have to enter a "circle of fire" and get to the centre of your being, sit there and see yourself from there. This way the Universe is inside and somehow you are the womb for it. If you want to know yourself better, spend time studying your fear in order to accept it. When you accept it, it becomes, all of a sudden, musical.

    Posted on September 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  • Elizabeth says:

    Considering and reflecting on the fear in me today, I am aware of a conflict. I believe in the power of intention set before meditation. I release them before the silence and continue in my day. As each day passes and the week approaches where I take several tests which measure my competence as a Yoga teacher, more of life demands my attention. A pattern of quitting and getting involved in the outer world is louder than ever and I realize the quiet call of meditation and practice is my 'path to freedom'. If followed, fear would create defeat.

    Posted on September 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

  • Phyllis Baker says:

    I wish upon a star for a chance to experience the moment.

    Posted on September 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  • Phyllis Baker says:

    I hope.

    Posted on September 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  • Michael A De Fazio says:

    Trust, an easy thing to lose but very hard to find or get back. A man is only as good as his word as the master says.
    I find this website and its many books a heaven sent. Pema
    is one of those fantastic writers who are both inspiring as well as informative. I would certainly love to be fortunate to receive free her teaching in over the internet.
    Thank you for the opportunity. Keep up with your wonderful work. Someday I would hope to visit your headquarters.

    Posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

  • Michael A De Fazio says:

    Trust, must be earned. It is easy to lose but hard to gain back. As the master says "A person is only as good as his or her word" I enjoy reading many of the books available through your company including those I have read from Pema. I would love to experience her teachings via the internet.
    Michael A. De Fazio

    Posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

  • Charlie Trageser says:

    Every time I sit down on the cushion, there is an act of trust involved. Is basic goodness real? Will a gesture of opening through the breath bear fruit? Wakefulenss is so very real, but completely ungraspable and unprovable to the conventional mind.

    Posted on September 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

  • Carla Mattioli says:

    I like the insight, that we can be trusting both in success and failure to be released from fear.Not judging myself so much on the rightness of success and the wrongness of failure, but to see them both as experiences that light the way ahead. That is liberating to me.

    Posted on September 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm

  • Hagimont Stefan says:

    Although it may have been given many different meanings and misinterpreted in so many different ways,
    sometimes woefully so,
    in my opinion, the "reservoir of trust" is
    in the Western Christian World what is called "faith".
    Have faith...

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 12:40 am

  • ilona martin says:

    I am open to the continous awakening of Pema's voice
    in all her books and this possibilty of web-cast.
    My small thank you can never say enough. I bow to you.

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

  • eileen says:

    I've begun the path of fearlessness, guided by my own soft spot, the compassionate care of friends, and years of guidance from Pema. I honor all of these beings and hold much gratitude.

    Posted on September 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm

  • jweston says:

    Congratulations to Tay H., Marchele M., Carroll B., and Stephan M., our Pema Chodron Online Retreat Giveaway winners!

    Posted on September 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

  • MaryAnn Mims says:

    Caring for my husband for 1.5 years with terminal lung illness caused by a prescription medication - I was afraid every day. Afraid I wouldn't do enough, or make the right choices about his care. His goal was to die peacefully at home without being medicated to death. We achieved his goal and when I saw him laying there dead - a great peace came over me that was totally unexpected. He had risen above his worn out body that tried to bravely survive each day. Now I am facing the task of being BRAVE each day without my love. Some days easy others more difficult. But each day is a new day and I look at his photo and smile.

    Posted on September 16, 2010 at 3:05 am

  • Ruth Pickering says:

    The "Reservoir of Trust" seems to me to be about being grounded in the belief and practice of thoughtful intent in all one's actions. The actions that one takes under this intentional position will have effects that may be seen/ experienced as "successful" or "unsuccessful", but in holding the "Reservoir of Trust", these will not be seen as successes or failures, but will both present the opportunity for learning. Thus, although sometimes the results of an action may seem to be a failure, it may either not BE a failure, (and time will tell about that) or if it turns out to really "be a failure", one can still learn from this by examining one's intentions or discipline and acting in the future according to this assessment.

    Posted on September 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  • Laura Bourassa says:

    I am building and drawing on the universal reservoir of trust constantly. I move from failure to success and back again moment to moment. More accurately I lurch from one to the other watching my desire to hold on to success and my habit of disconnecting and restorying failure. Feeling that wobbly, tight, difficulty breathing feeling that is fear of failing as I do what scares me most or what I didn't know scared me at all.

    Posted on September 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm

  • Jiko says:

    When wholeheartedness, purity of heart, is in action, the great reservoir of trust lives me. It is an activity, a benefaction of the living Buddhadharma.

    Posted on January 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

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