Sunday, December 16, 2007


Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

December 16, 2007


As far as business ethics go, it's a question of friendship. When we
have a business deal with somebody, we should not think in terms of
cutting his throat, but we should have good faith in that particular
person and a sense of tenderness toward him. Whether we are buying
land from that person or just a tee shirt, there should be tenderness
and faith. That goes a long way. On the whole, we should regard money
as mother's milk: it nourishes us and it nourishes others. That
should be our attitude to money. It's not just a bank coupon that we
have in our wallet. Each dollar contains a lot of the past; many
people worked for that particular one dollar, one cent. They worked
so hard, with their sweat and tears. So we should respect it, like
mother's milk. But at the same time, mother's milk can be given away
to others, and we can produce more mother's milk. So we shouldn't
hang onto it too tightly.

From "Regarding Money as Mother's Milk," an address at a business
conference, June 19, 1981. Unpublished transcript.

All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo and used
by permission.

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