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Relating to Our Hang-Ups

May 17, 2010

Meditation is a way of permitting hang-ups of mind to churn themselves up. If we try to focus on our neurosis as a practice, that is an escape; and if we try to suppress it, that is also an escape. So the process is to relate with the neurosis as it is, in its true nature, the actual simplicity of it. Then we begin to make some progress. As this process of relating to our hang-ups develops, at some point we at last begin to trust ourselves. We begin to develop some kind of faith and trust that what we have and what we are is, after all, not all that bad. It is workable, usable.

Condensed from "The Tibetan Buddhist Teachings and Their Application," in The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Volume Three, page 522.


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