Sunday, March 23, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Sane Romanticism

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

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March 23, 2008 


It is time to begin with the romantic approach, the sane romantic approach, not the materialistic romantic approach. Our being here together happened purely by accident. It is a very precious accident that we are able to discuss such a topic as the life of Padmasambhava, the great Tibetan teacher. The opportunity to discuss such a subject is very rare, unique, very precious. But such rare and precious situations go on constantly; our life as part of the teachings is extremely precious. Each person is here purely by accident, and since it was an accident, it cannot be repeated. That is why it is precious. That is why the dharma is precious. Everything becomes precious; human life becomes precious. There is this rare preciousness of our human life: we each have our brain, our sense perceptions, our materials to work on. We each have had our problems in the past: our depressions, our moments of insanity, our struggles -- all those make sense. So the journey goes on, the accident goes on -- which is that we are here. This is the kind of romanticism, the kind of warmth I am talking about. It is worthwhile approaching the teaching in this way.

From "Cynicism & Devotion," in CRAZY WISDOM, page 71.

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