Chogyam Trungpa on the discovery of the path and the appropriate attitude toward it… 

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…

Jonathan begins.

“The discovery of the path and the appropriate attitude toward it have a certain function spiritually.”

Jonathan continues.

“The path can make it possible to connect with basic, primordial, innocent being.”

Allen replies.

“We put so much emphasis on pain and confusion that we forget basic innocence.”

Caroline replies.

“The usual approach that we take toward spirituality is to look for some experience that might enable us to rediscover our adulthood rather than go back to our innocent childlike quality.”

Sally replies.

“We have been fooled into looking for a way to become completely grown-up and respectable, as it were, or psychologically sound.”

Jonathan replies.

“This seems to correspond to the basic idea we have of enlightenment.”

Sally replies.

“An enlightened person is supposed to be more or less an old-wise-man type: not quite like an old professor, but perhaps an old father who can supply sound advice on how to handle all of life’s problems or an old grandmother who knows all the recipes and all the cures.”

Caroline replies.

“That seems to be the current fantasy that exists in our culture concerning enlightened beings.”

Caroline continues.

“They are old and wise, grown-up and solid.”

Jonathan replies.

“Tantra has a different notion of enlightenment, which is connected with youth and innocence.”

Caroline replies.

“Youth and freedom in this case are connected with the birth of the awakened state of mind.”

Allen replies.

“The awakened state of mind has the quality of morning, of dawn—fresh and sparkling, completely awake.”

Allen continues.

“Having identified ourselves with the path and the proper attitude toward the path, we suddenly discover that there is something beautiful about it.”

Sally replies.

“The path has a freshness to it that contrasts sharply with the monotony of going through a program of various practices.”

Allen replies.

“New discoveries are being made.”

Caroline replies.

“Impossible things happen, things beyond our imagination.”

Jonathan replies.

“In fact, impossible things happen before our imagination even occurs, so we could appropriately describe them as unimaginable—even out of sight or far out.

Sally replies.

“The awakened state of mind could as well be infantlike as grown-up, the way we usually imagine grown-up.”

End scene. Fini.

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One response to “Chogyam Trungpa on the discovery of the path and the appropriate attitude toward it… 

  1. Warren

    That there is a magical china man!

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