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Pure Discipline, Flexible Mind

April 22, 2011

Pema Chödrön on Chögyam Trungpa’s view of monasticism in the West:

In the early 1980s, Trungpa Rinpoche started to talk to me about what he would like a Western monastery to be. He said that we should have very pure discipline, and I remember him telling me: “You know, they are all going to be looking at you. They are going to watch the way you walk, the way you talk, and the way you conduct yourself. So you better do it right!” Doing it right meant to be very pure in my keeping of the vinaya, the monastic code of conduct, but at the same time, to be extremely flexible and open in my mind.

From Pema Chödrön in “A Pure Monastic Tradition in the West,” Recalling Chögyam Trungpa pages 245 to 246.

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