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The Artful Quality of Tantra

March 18, 2011

Tantra, the ultimate teaching of Buddhism, is fantastically precise and pure. There is a pronounced artful quality. Tantric practitioners are good artists, who paint good pictures that do not try to con one. Tantric practitioners are good musicians, who do not fool around banging away at random, but play precisely, musically.

From “Visualization,” in The Dawn of Tantra, pages 378 to 379 in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Three.

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