Sunday, April 13, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Unconditional Cheerfulness

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

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April 13, 2008 

UNCONDITIONAL CHEERFULNESS   Transplanting the moon of wakefulness into your heart and the sun of wisdom into your head can be natural and obvious. It is not so much trying to look for the bright side of life and using that side of things as a stepping stone, but it is discovering unconditional cheerfulness, which has no other side. It is just one side, one taste. From that, the natural sense of goodness begins to dawn in your heart.  Therefore, whatever we experience, whatever we see, whatever we hear, whatever we think -- all those activities begin to have some sense of holiness or sacredness in them. The world is full of hospitality at that point. Sharp corners begin to dissolve and the darkness begins to be uplifted in our lives. That kind of goodness is unconditionally good, and at that point, we become a decent human being and a warrior. Such an approach has to be accompanied by the sitting practice of meditation. The practice of meditation acts as a training ground and stronghold. Out of that, the seed of friendliness begins to occur. The main point is to appreciate your world. That kind of world is known as the vajra, or indestructible, world. It is a cheerful world. It never becomes too good or too bad.    
From OCEAN OF DHARMA: The Everyday Wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa. 365 Teachings on Living Life with Courage and Compassion. Number 98. [Unpublished excerpt from Talk Five of Warriorship in the Three Yanas. August 1978, Rocky Mountain Dharma Center.]

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