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The Beauty of Totality, part one

October 4, 2011

Ultimate goodness is connected with the notion of ultimate joy without comparison to suffering. Out of that joy we begin to experience, visually, the beauty of the blue sky; the beauty of a red rose; the beauty of a white chrysanthemum; the beauty of chattering brooks; the beauty of the openness of the ocean, where sky and land meet; the beauty of sweet and sour; the beauty of music, high pitches and low; the beauty of experiencing warmth on our bodies; the beauty of cool air, which creates natural refreshment; the beauty of eating a meal when we feel hungry; the beauty of drinking water when we feel thirsty; the beauty of learning more things when we feel that we are not learned enough. I don’t want to paint a pleasure-oriented picture alone. There is also the beauty of your schoolmaster pinching you on the cheek, the beauty of being too hot on a midsummer’s day; the beauty of being too cold in the middle of winter—the beauty of pain as well as the beauty of pleasure.

From Ocean of Dharma: The Everyday Wisdom of Chögyam Trungpa, quote 330


Of Interest to Readers

Pema Chödrön, beloved teacher and author of many books of dharma wisdom, is teaching an online retreat: Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. The retreat will be broadcast via live stream from the Omega Institute on the weekend of October 28 to 30. Many of Pema’s teachings resonate strongly with the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, so Ocean of Dharma and Shambhala Publications are having a contest to give away a free ticket to the online retreat. Visit the editor’s blog to learn more.

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