By Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa
Transcript of talks given by means of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche on the moment Vajradhatu Seminary, Snowmass Village 1974.
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You are alone by yourself; you are just by yourself, alone. That seems to be the basic point. And the sense of aloneness brings trenpa and sheshin at the same time. From that sense of aloneness, you begin to realize not only that you are alone, but that you have very few people to bitch about, that you have less to complain about. Who is there to complain to? Nobody's working with you, so why do you have to complain, particularly? Before you tell someone to fuck off, someone has to do something nasty to you, otherwise you can't just go on saying it.
It might turn out to be a big joke. And if you are not goal oriented, it might turn out to be a big promise. But who knows? It depends on the practice itself, alone. Q: Could you say something about strenuousness in sitting? I find that when I'm sitting I feel like I'm doing the best I can, but I also feel like that's not enough. I feel like I'm coming back to my breath whenever I think of it, except I don't really think of it that often. How can you develop strenuousness if you just have to wait for the motivation to come up?
They may sometimes be regarded as absorption, as in Hinduism, for instance, where we talk about getting into samadh£, almost as if you have a prefabricated goal. But in this case, the whole thing is regarded as a learning process. Q: So when you mentioned those three types of learning, that's what you meantsila, samadhi, and prajiia. Is that right? R: That's right. Q: You were encouraging an intellectual understanding and encouraging our inquisitiveness, that we should know the ground first so we can really hear the teachings.
1974 Seminary Hinayana-Mahayana by Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa