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…
“The whole point is that tantra is contagious.”
“It involves a very powerful substance, which is buddha nature eating out from the inside rather than being reached by stripping away layers from the outside.”
“It is a different perspective altogether; it is not the point of view of sentient beings trying to attain enlightenment, but the point of view of an enlightened person trying to relate with sentient beings.”
“That is why the tantric approach is that of eating outward, from the inside to the outside.”
“We are telling the story from the inside rather than looking at somebody else’s newsreel taken from the outside.”
“How does the eating away outward take place?”
“Through dealing with situations skillfully.
“The situations are already created for you, and you just go out and launch yourself along with them.”
“It is a self-existing jigsaw puzzle that has been put together by itself.”
“Sambhogakaya is the energy principle, or the dance principle—dharmakaya being the total background.”
“It is the positive aspect that is left by the unmasking process.”
“In other words, you get the absence of aggression and that absence is turned into energy.”
“It is even more than transmutation—I don’t know what sort of a word there is.”
“The defilements are being so completely related to that their function becomes useless, but their nonfunctioning becomes useful.”
“There is another kind of energy in sambhogakaya.”
“You have to be pushed into it.”
“That is where the relationship between teacher and student comes in.”
“Somebody has to push.”
“That is the very primitive level at the beginning.”
End scene. Fini.
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