Monday, May 12, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Taking Delight in Our Heritage

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

[His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and the head of the Kagyu lineage, arrives in North America this week. It is his first visit to the West. Chogyam Trungpa also belonged to this lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He and his community helped to host the three visits of the 16th Karmapa to America in the 1970s and 80s. Many times, Chogyam Trungpa expressed complete devotion and dedication to the Karmapa and the lineage. In honor of the visit of the 17th Karmapa, several quotations and poems by Chogyam Trungpa will be offered in the next two weeks:]

May 12, 2008


The Practice Lineage of the Kagyu tradition inspires one to become fully involved in a heartfelt connection to the teachings....The Kagyu tradition is said to be the most stubborn and honest in following its heritage. We take delight in our heritage. Doubt, challenge, hesitation -- in brief, any form of second thoughts -- are not regarded as obstacles, but rather as fuel to push us further and cause our devotion and heartfelt longing to blaze, to increase our intense desire to follow the example of our forefathers. So we, as Kagyus, have thrived on the transmissions of our forefathers....As for myself, the older I get, the more of a Kagyu person I become. Aging in this way is wonderful. My thanks and appreciation to the forefathers.

From "Foreword" in THE RAIN OF WISDOM: The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning, pages xi and xii.

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