Friday, May 9, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: In or Out?

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

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May 9, 2008


Ideas are not solid, if they are not founded on aggression or dogma. We can have open ideas. There is no problem with that. Ideas are not really founded on solid ground at all. They are just...ideas, which is a very important point. If you completely buy into someone else's idea or version of spirituality, it's like being caught in the jaws of a crocodile. This is one of the problems with many approaches to spirituality: either you are in it or you are not in it. In or out. You can't actually experience the space between the two. That is a problem, and that seems to be a spiritual materialistic trick to use on people: trying to save them from their experience. That approach is based on a hesitation or inability to provide everything legitimately, step by step. If the leaders of a spiritual group feel somewhat inadequate, they may tell potential students, "Buy it or don't buy it." That seems to be too cheap. Spiritual discipline is not based on becoming somebody else. But you become you in your enlightened version. That is the whole point.

From OCEAN OF DHARMA: The Everyday Wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa. 365 Teachings on Living Life with Courage and Compassion. Number 182. This new book of short teachings by Chogyam Trungpa contains many new quotes, as well as some previously published on the Ocean of Dharma list serv. Order your copy now at a 20% discount at

[Originally from THE MISHAP LINEAGE: THE LINE OF THE TRUNGPAS. Forthcoming from Shambhala Publications.]

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