Wednesday, February 25, 2009

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Bringing Together the Sun and Moon

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

February 25, 2009  Cheerful Shambhala New Year


The wretched familiar "me" is like a lead shoe that weights us down. However, we don't actually have to live that way at all. We could have a sense of celebration and positive arrogance. It's not that we should abandon one part of ourselves and cultivate the other part, but we could simply look at our Joe-Schmidt-ness, the you-ness, with openness. When we do that, there is space to fall in love with ourselves, in the positive sense. You begin to like Joe Schmidt, and at that point, the other wretched Joe begins to phase out. It�s not that your personality has changed, particularly, but rather that the positive aspect of yourself has expanded. We could see our world as a big world and see ourselves as open and vast. We can see our world as sacred, which is the key to bringing together the sun and moon.

From CONQUERING FEAR: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery, forthcoming August, 2009, from Shambhala Publications.
All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo and used by permission.

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