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  • Hope is Respect for the Truth

    April 15, 2009

    Although you may not have experienced the final development (enlightenment) yet, it is no big secret that there is a final development. You can't pretend that the Buddha didn't exist and still talk about his teachings, because he actually did it—he achieved enlightenment. We can't keep that a secret.

    This post was posted in Ocean of Dharma

  • On the West Coast Road

    April 9, 2009

    I'm here in Los Angeles staying at the home of Johanna Demetrakas, who is the director of a documentary on Chögyam Trungpa, to be entitled Crazy Wisdom. Johanna has been...

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  • Buddha Came Out of a Factory

    April 9, 2009

    Attaining liberation takes work. It is like making jewelry. When you go to a jeweler, he has solid gold, solid silver, or solid brass lumps hanging around that are ugly and don't look particularly ornamental. But when you ask him to make a ring or a necklace or some earrings, he gets out a lump and begins to make something out of it, and it becomes a beautiful thing.

    This post was posted in Ocean of Dharma

  • Opening One's Heart

    April 8, 2009

    Words offered by Jack Kornfield, following the Parinirvana of Trungpa Rinpoche: Trungpa Rinpoche was a follower of the path of the bodhisattva, the path of opening one's heart and one's life to all circumstances and all beings. His way combined discipline and openness in a remarkable fashion. I hope that speaking about him and some of the qualities that I've learned from him will help to inform and inspire the practice of Dharma for all of us.

    This post was posted in Ocean of Dharma

  • You Cannot Fool Yourself

    April 7, 2009

    When we sit and practice, we begin to realize what is known as the transparency and impermanence of time and space. We realize how much we are dwelling on our little things and that we cannot catch any of it and build a house on it. We cannot even lay the foundation. The whole thing keeps shifting under our feet and under our seat. The rug is being pulled out from under us completely, simply from that experience of working with ourselves in our practice. When we realize that we cannot catch hold of phenomena at all, that is what is known as tondam, or "absolute truth."

    This post was posted in Ocean of Dharma

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