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Taming the Gorilla

January 31, 2013

Book coverWithout taming yourself, you cannot train yourself. You are somewhat wild and untamable, so we have to catch you and put you in a zoo, like a wild gorilla. Traditionally, this particular zoo is known as monasticism. Actually we do not catch the gorilla, but it walks into our trap. Once it is caught, the best thing to do is to educate and civilize that gorilla. Shamatha or mindfulness practice actually tames that gorilla; it creates an environment of discipline.

From “Introduction” in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma,Volume Three: The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, page 9.

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