Monday, December 10, 2007


Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

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December 10, 2007


When the Buddha attained enlightenment, he went around the cities and
collected small pieces of cloth that were thrown away by other
people. Apparently, he was a good seamstress, so he sewed all those
little squares of cloth together, and he made a monastic garment out
of them. And it came out beautifully, wonderfully. People remarked,
"Look! Who is that person, that well-dressed, well-clad person?"
That's where the tradition of sewing monastic robes out of small
pieces of cloth came from. Buddha demonstrated that kind of richness,
power, and strength. It was not a question of having expensive cloth
sewn together, but it was the way the robe was worn, the way it
looked. So richness is not purely a result of dollars and cents, or
as they used to say in England, LSD, pounds, shillings, and pence.
When a person is worthy of wealth, he has it; he embodies it.

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 Unpublished transcript.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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