Thursday, December 13, 2007


Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

December 13, 2007


When I'm dressing, sometimes my friend, Mr. P., says to me, "You
can't wear that shirt for the fourth time," I say, "Of course I can."
I've worn a single shirt many times, and it has looked fine. That's
what we call merit. Merit means that somebody deserves that kind of
manifestation. A person doesn't have to be extravagant in order to
manifest wealth, but he or she does have to have some karmic sense of
basic sanity, worthwhileness...We tend to borrow the concepts of how
people have made money in the past. Obviously, we are born naturally
rich, but at the same time, from a Buddhist point of view, we have
forgotten the merit involved, the fact that we are glowing as we are,
wearing our shirt for the eighth time!

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 Unpublished transcript.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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