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The Absence of Aggression

May 23, 2013

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When we reach the state of nonaggression, it is not that we cease to perceive anything, but we begin to perceive in a particular way. With the absence of aggression, there is further clarity, because nothing is based on anxiety and nothing is based on ideas or ideals of any kind. Instead, we are beginning to see things without making any demands. We are no longer trying to buy or sell anything to anybody. It is a direct and very personal experience.

From True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art by Chögyam Trungpa, page 73.

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2 Responses to The Absence of Aggression

  • Salsa says:

    Well, well. I've known you a bit, Mike, since 1985 (when we met thru Katie Carter), and never knew that Tassajara and SF Zen center root to your Zen prctiace. Since I've spent lotsa fine times hot-springing, hiking and river swimming there, and its only a few hours from where I sit now in my office in Aptos, I like being able to picture you there, back in the early 80 s. Did you meet Suziki roshi? (I don't know the year he died.)I'm struck with what you wrote about your father. I don't know how people do something they loathe, something actually physically and potentially spiritually draining, everyday. And yet people all over the world do. I've known so many rice farmers in Thailand and especially Vietnam who not only face grueling work conditions everyday, and struggle in poverty all their lives, but also face possibly getting bit by a lethal snake in the flooded rice paddies.Is it fair to say that while there is something objectively true about his feeling of being chained to a machine, your father chose to feel enslaved? I don't know. I once knew a Fremont auto-worker who seemed to like his job, and perhaps more importantly was so super-focused on what he loved in life outside of his job.

    Posted on May 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm

  • Juan says:

    , whatever hanppes all day long, keep saying thanks, thanks for everything.' Could I say thanks if I was told I have 6 months to live?Could you say thanks and live in peace and gratitude if you had watched your spouse, parents and children march into the ovens at Auschwitz, like a man who I once knew?You wrote: “It is your mind which creates this world.” I once quoted Joseph Conrad to an old girlfriend, We live, as we dream, alone. She said, yeah, but sometimes we bump into each other. The whole issue of how much of the world we create, and how much we encounter. Like the famous Zen story of the two young monks arguing about if the rocks the Roshi told them to move really exist, or exist only in the mind. I don't recall the punch line, but I think it had something to do with how heavy the rocks are, whether they are in the mind only or not. There is real evil out there, and it causes real suffering, yes? And we can always CHOSE how to react, get stuck, grow, respond, yes?

    Posted on May 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm