Sunday, December 28, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Meditation as Part of Daily Life

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

December 28, 2008 


Chogyam Trungpa: Meditation practices have nothing to do with the value of the techniques as such, but are based on simplicity as a whole.  They (students) shouldn't regard the technique as magical power at all.  I should warn everybody that meditation has no magical power as such, but everybody has to work on themselves.  Having used the technique diligently, from that point, people begin to develop.  There is simplicity in the technique; they don't have to strive for it.  The technique becomes part of themselves, (the) same as drinking a cup of tea, that becomes very close to it.  So the technique should be referred to as part of the daily life situation, rather than medicine or a sedative as such.

Student: But what does meditation develop?

CT: Becoming sane and becoming skillful in dealing with your daily life.

S: OK, but how does it happen?

CT: Well, it just happens!

Thanks to Bruce Gruessner for suggesting and transcribing this quote from an interview in 1971 in Montreal. The interview is posted on The Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, at

All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo and used by permission.

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