Chogyam Trungpa on discovering a sense of things as they are…

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.


“At the first stage of our experience, we are just an infant.”

Jonathan continues.

“We are innocent, because we have gone back to our original state of being.”

Allen replies.

“It is possible for us to discover our own innocence and childlike beauty in us.”

Jonathan replies.

“Having discovered all our confusions and neuroses, we begin to realize that they are harmless or helpless.”

Caroline replies.

“Then gradually we find the innocent-child quality in us.”

Virginia replies.

“Of course, this is quite different from the primal-scream type of idea.”

VIriginia continues.

“It does not mean that we are being reduced to a child.”

Allen replies.
“Rather, we discover the childlike quality in us.”

Allen continues.

“We become fresh, inquisitive, sparkling; we want to know more about the world, more about life.”

Sally replies.

“All of our preconceptions have been stripped away.”

Sally continues.

“We begin to realize ourselves—it is like a second birth.”

Jonathan replies.

“We discover our innocence, our primordial quality, our eternal youth.”

Virginia replies.

“The first breakthrough presents us with our childlike quality, but we are still somewhat apprehensive about how to deal with life, though we are not terrified by it.”

Jonathan replies.

“There is a sense of reaching out our hand and beginning to explore all the unknown areas for the first time.”

Caroline replies.

“Our experience of duality, what we thought we knew, our preconceptions—all that has become false, has fallen apart.”

Caroline continues.

“Now, for the first time, we recognize the real quality of the path.”

Allen replies.

“We give up our ego reservations, or at least realize them.”

Virginia replies.

“The more we realize ego and ego’s neurosis, the closer we are to that infantlike state of mind of not knowing how to handle the next step in life.”

Virginia replies.

“Often people ask, Suppose I do meditate, then what am I going to
do? If I attain a peaceful state of mind, how am I going to deal with my enemies and my superiors?

Virginia pauses.

“We actually ask very infantlike questions.”

Virginia continues.

If thus-and-such happens as we progress along the path, then what’s going to happen next?

Jonathan replies.

“It is very childlike, infantlike; it is a fresh discovery of perception, a new discovery of a sense of things as they are.”

End scene. Fini.

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3 responses to “Chogyam Trungpa on discovering a sense of things as they are…

  1. Siggie

    Trungpa was a much more erudite china man than KKR.

    Hands down.

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