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The Triangle of Birth

June 26, 2012

In tantric imagery, the triangle represents the gate of birth. Once you have faith, then you can give birth—properly, freely, fantastically. When you’re willing to give birth to reality, you can’t begin by fighting for your territory. The triangle represents a much more general and sane approach. First there is a self-exploratory process, constant personal exploration. But beyond that, there is just giving, opening, extending yourself completely to the situation, to what is available around you, being fantastically exposed. That sense of openness can take place when you have faith and when you have developed dignity and a sense that you can actually give birth to another world. Then you are ready to open up.

“The Charnel Ground” in Devotion and Crazy Wisdom: Teachings on the Sadhana of Mahamudra, forthcoming from Shambhala Media.

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1 Response to The Triangle of Birth

  • Mona Chopra says:

    I love this! In acupuncture, the creation of triangles using points on the body geometrically is very powerful. I can see how these beautiful ideas Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche talks about can be incorporated into the re-framing work that we do as Chinese medicine practitioners when we work with energy in the body. So beautiful and powerful a passage. Thank you for sharing these gems.

    Posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:48 am