Sunday, November 23, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Transcending Aggression

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

November 23, 2008 


The experience of hell comes from deliberate, basic aggression. That aggression is the opposite of patience....The basic aggression of hell comes from your wanting to destroy your projection. It is natural aggression: you want to destroy the mirror. Since projection works as it is, in a very efficient and accurate way, it becomes too embarrassing. You don't want to go along with it. Instead of seeing the naked truth, you want to destroy the mirror -- to the extent of not only destroying the projection, or the mirror, but also the perceiver of the mirror. The perceiver is also extremely painful, so there is the suicidal mentality of wanting to destroy the perceiver of the mirror as well as the mirror itself. There is constant struggle, destruction, going on.....However, change is taking place always, constantly. That is why the teachings place tremendous importance on the realization of impermanence. Impermanence becomes extremely important at this particular point of aggression. Aggression is trying to freeze the space, trying to sterilize the space. But when you begin to see the impermanence, you cannot solidify space anymore. That then is the peak experience of transcending aggression.

From "The Bardo of Death," in TRANSCENDING MADNESS: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SIX BARDOS, pages 146 to 147.

Of interest to readers:

Emacs!     Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, prominent Buddhist teacher and the author of What Makes You Not a Buddhist, will be teaching a public seminar in Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 28 to 30. Rinpoche will comment on Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos, Chogyam Trungpa's book on the bardo states and the six realms. Khyentse Rinpoche's dynamic style and brilliant intellect, as well as his deep appreciation for Chogyam Trungpa's teachings, are sure to make this a memorable weekend.

The program begins Friday evening, November 28, and runs until the afternoon of Nov. 30. For more information on registration, phone 902-420-1118, x 10, or go to:

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