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The Paramita of Discipline

March 18, 2013

Book coverWhen you are busy and preoccupied, you feel hassled by your own existence. You are so busy that you think that you do not have any time to spare for your practice. Such torment and busyness seem to be monumental or historic, but that is not the case. As far as we are concerned, that kind of torment is absolutely ordinary. As you begin to work on that, you realize that the inconvenience, discomfort, and anguish that you experience is no more than anybody else experiences. So your experience is no longer regarded as monumental—no more than if you step on a cat’s tail, and the cat cries out, “Wooaaaoow!” However, it is still a problematic situation. Therefore you need to practice the paramita of discipline, which overcomes that type of preoccupation altogether. You begin to realize that preoccupations are garbage; they are worth flushing out so that something real could come up. Then paramita activity begins to make sense, and you begin to act in a more genuine way.

From The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma. Volume Two: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion, by Chögyam Trungpa, page 217.


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1 Response to The Paramita of Discipline

  • Christopher Scott Kennedy says:

    Hello,
    I attended The Jack Kerouac Conference in 1982...at the tender age of 15. It was wonderful. I know that Shambala is somehow related to Naropa and I was wondering if you could help me with an email contact for them. I would like to see if I can use the conference for some College credit.

    Respectfully, Christopher Kennedy

    Posted on March 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

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