Sunday, July 13, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: The Dignity of Real Emotions

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

July 13, 2008

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Student: Is resentment an emotion? What are real emotions?

Chogyam Trungpa:  Emotion is supposed to be a fundamental, organic process. Resentment may be the vanguard of the emotions, but it is not a real emotion, because it relates with the fringe or the edge of things. Real emotions are expressions of being and different ways of relating with being. For example, if you feel your being is lacking something, you create passion. If you feel your being is threatened, you create aggression -- and so on. Emotion is connected with a total sense of being. The total sense of being feels not quite complete enough, so you try to balance that. Real emotions are much more dignified than things like resentment, which are at the level of the outskirts. The emotions are the real capital rather than the profit.

From "Giving Birth to Intellect," in ILLUSION'S GAME: The Life and Teaching of Naropa. Page 85.
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