You do not have to seek out loneliness—it is always there. Egolessness is a concept, a philosophy, but loneliness is a reality that you experience. A feeling of loneliness is part of the journey. As for me, I feel that way constantly, and I think it’s a very healthy feeling, a very real feeling. When you sense that you are not you anymore and that nothing can replace that state, you begin to make discoveries. You discover devotion, and you discover a quality of richness and artistic expression that is very special. Being you, but not being you, is very resourceful. You become a complete mountain man: you know how to make fire and cook food. But it doesn’t mean anything. You are still nobody. That is the inspiration.
From “Beginning at the Beginning,” in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One: The Path of Individual Liberation by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 131–132.
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