Saturday, April 19, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Exertion Is a Sense of Joy

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

April 19, 2008 


Student: Could you explain the distinction between exertion and struggle?

Chogyam Trungpa: Struggle involves a sense of speed, a sense of distrusting oneself, and a sense of no joy; and exertion is a sense of joy. It is said by one of the great teachers, Atisha or Shantarakshita, that exertion is a source of joy. You are working hard, but at the same time there is joy. That is the difference between the two. Ordinary working hard, or struggle, comes out of pain. But exertion is a sense of joy. It's like eating food, in some sense. When you're hungry, there is no need to struggle to eat food, because you enjoy eating it. Whereas struggle is like being made to eat food, although you don't feel hungry.

From Vajra Assemblies Sourcebook, Volume Two, Page 143.

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