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The Flame of Love

February 14, 2011

Love (and passion altogether) can be based either on the central reference point of ego or on a more centerless approach that is beyond ego. There is a vast store of energy that is not ego's energy at all. It is the energy of the primeval background, which permeates whatever is going on. This energy has a consuming quality, an ever-burning quality, like that of the sun. This vast power goes on and on and on, leaving no room to manipulate, leaving no room for confusion or ignorance or panic or doubt. Passion is a very powerful thing.

From "The Flame of Love," excerpted from pages 113 to 117 in Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness.

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2 Responses to The Flame of Love

  • Kathy H. says:

    How do I access that vast store of energy? Why does it remain primeval?

    Posted on February 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

  • Desirée Nielsen says:

    Many have spoken on the subject of love, of love and passion - few so meaningfully as Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The quote above seems to essentialize much of what he commented in his vast work on the subject. - If we could really take just these 10 lines to heart, our hearts would never suffer all the pain, havoc and sorrow - "the misery of love" - that most of us know far too well! And our relationships might begin to improve, not just to our partners, but to everyone we love and feel close to!

    Posted on February 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm