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You Cannot Drive a Camel Through the Eye of a Needle

March 7, 2011

When we talk of “higher” things, we tend to think in terms of our own point of view, a bigger version of ourselves, an expansion of ourselves. It is like looking at ourselves in a magnifying mirror. When we speak of God or achieving union with God, we are often merely trying to put that great thing into a small container. One cannot drive a camel through the eye of a needle. So we have to find some other means. The only way is to come back to the sheer simplicity of examining ourselves. That brings us to the practice of meditation.

From “The Life and Example of Buddha,” page 297 to 298 in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume One.

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