Thursday, August 7, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Bliss and Vajra Pride

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

August 7, 2008


On the level of tantra, the mahamudra level, pleasure does not take place through the pores of your skin, but pleasure takes place on your very flesh without skin. You become the bliss rather than enjoying the bliss. You are the embodiment of bliss, and this contains a quality of your being very powerful. You have conquered pleasure and pleasure is yours. One doesn't even have to go so far as to try to enjoy pleasure, but pleasure becomes self-existing bliss. In this way every experience that might occur in our life -- communication, visual experience, auditory experience, consciousness: anything that we relate to -- becomes completely workable, highly workable. In fact, even the notion of workability does not apply. It's yours. It is you, in fact. So things become very immediate.
        This is what is often called vajra pride, indestructible pride. Pride in this case is not arrogance, but is nondualistically self-contained. You are not threatened by your projections or projectors, but you are there, and at the same time, everything around you is you and yours.

From "Mahamudra," in ILLUSION'S GAME: The Life and Teaching of Naropa. Page 121.
All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo and used by permission.

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