Quote Archives: Chögyam Trungpa

You cannot watch your own burial ~ Chögyam Trungpa

Since enlightenment is based on dissolving the ego and its expectations, it has been said that you cannot watch your own burial, and you cannot congratulate yourself on becoming the first buddha of the age or the first buddha of New York. Chögyam Trungpa

Tuning in to life ~ Chögyam Trungpa

Since mindfulness is part of one’s stream of consciousness, the practice of meditation cannot be regarded as something alien, as an emulation of some picturesque yogi who has a fixation on meditating all the time. Seen from the point of view of mindfulness of life, meditation is the total experience of any living being who […]

Don’t Assume the Posture of a Wilted Flower ~ Chögyam Trungpa

When you slouch, you are trying to hide your heart, protecting it by slumping over. But when you sit upright but relaxed in the posture of meditation, your heart is naked. Your entire being is exposed – to yourself, first of all, but to others as well. Through the practice of sitting still and following […]

The golden chain of spirituality ~ Chögyam Trungpa

As long as we follow a spiritual approach promising salvation, miracles, liberation, then we are bound by the “golden chain of spirituality.” Such a chain might be beautiful to wear, with its inlaid jewels and intricate carvings, but nevertheless, it imprisons us. People think they can wear the golden chain for decoration without being imprisoned […]

Dharma is the truth of the reality ~ Chögyam Trungpa

The dharma is based on honesty, on not having self-deception of any kind. When the dharma says blue, it is blue; when it says red, it is red. Dharma is like saying fire is hot, or the sky is blue: it is speaking the truth. The difference is that dharma is the truth of the […]

Shedding our covers ~ Chögyam Trungpa

According to the Buddhist tradition, we don’t ever get new wisdom, nor does any foreign element come into our state of mind at all. Rather, practice is a question of waking up and shedding our covers. We have those goodies in us already; we only have to uncover them. Chögyam Trungpa

Elegance ~ Chögyam Trungpa

Elegance means appreciating things as they are. There is a sense of delight and of fearlessness. Chögyam Trungpa