Picture of Chogyam Trungpa the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players do a dramatic reading from volume five of Rinpoche’s collected works, in his own words…
“Developing basic sanity is a process of working on ourselves in which the path itself rather than the attainment of a goal becomes the working basis.”
“The path itself is what constantly inspires us, rather than, in the style of the carrot and the donkey, promises about certain achievements that lie ahead of us.”
“In other words, to make this perfectly clear, the difference between spiritual materialism and transcending spiritual materialism is that in spiritual materialism promises are used like a carrot held up in front of a donkey, luring him into all kinds of journeys; in transcending spiritual materialism, there is no goal.”
“The goal exists in every moment of our life situation, in every moment of our spiritual journey.”
“In this way, the spiritual journey becomes as exciting and as beautiful as if we were buddha already.”
“There are constant new discoveries, constant messages, and constant warnings.”
“There is also constant cutting down, constant painful lessons—as well as pleasurable ones.”
“The spiritual journey of transcending spiritual materialism is a complete journey rather than one that is dependent on an external goal.”
“This completeness can be described in terms of certain aspects: it contains basic space, or totality; it contains energy and play; and it also contains pragmatic application, or dealing with life situations as they are.”
“We have three principles there: the totality as the whole sense of environment on the path, the sense of play on the path, and the sense of practicality on the path.”
“These are the three categories that develop.”
End scene. Fini.
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