7/19/10

Quote from "Crazy Wisdom"

So I am having a blast reading Crazy Wisdom by Chongyam Trungpa.

"The most difficult discipline is to be what you are. Constantly trying to be what you are not is much easier, because we are trained to con either ourselves or others, to fit into appropriate categories. Whereas if you take all that away, the whole thing becomes too irritating, too boring. There's no room for talking yourself into anything. Everything is quite simple. "

According to tradition, Padmasambhava was incarnated as an eight-year-old child appearing in a lotus blossom in present-day Pakistan.

The king invited Padmasambhava to Tibet where he used his tantric powers to subdue the evil deities he encountered along the way, eventually receiving the Emperor's wife, identified with the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, as a consort. This was in accordance with the tantric principle of not eliminating negative forces but redirecting them to fuel the journey toward spiritual awakening. In Tibet he founded the first monastery in the country, Samye Gompa, initiated the first monks, and introduced the people to the practice ofTantric Buddhism.

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