Student: How does ruthlessness apply to the destruction of ego? Ruthlessness seems so uncompassionate, almost ego-like itself. Trungpa Rinpoche: Well, it is ego's intensity that brings forth "uncompassionate" measures. In other words, when neurosis and confusion reach an extreme point, the only way to correct the confusion is by destroying it.
The whole concept of needing training for things is a very weak approach, because it makes us feel we cannot possess the potential in us, and that therefore we have to make ourselves better than we are, we have to try to compete with heroes or masters. So we try to imitate those heroes and masters, believing that finally ...
In the jungle of passion, The warrior of the tiger roams; In the flame of aggression, The diamond vajra sparks; In the ocean of ignorance, The iceberg of cold awake rumbles. Bounded by love Swallows still try to measure the sky; Nursed with the nectar [...]
Most people equate choice and freedom. It seems so reasonable. Freedom means you are free to choose, right? It means you are free from restrictions. If you can’t choose, then you are not free. And it would seem to follow that the more choice you have, the more freedom you have. But it doesn’t work out that way.
Rock climbing, I reflected later, comes down to three points: - willingness, even if you end up falling onto a rope or mat - know-how, knowing how to use your body and the equipment properly, and - capacity, having the strength and ability to grip or push or hold. Later, it struck me that Buddhist practice comes down to the same three points
A simple question, you say. Well, how do you answer it? With your name? With your family pedigree? With your job? At some point, you see that nothing you say really answers the question and you stop — at the edge of a vast open space. “This can’t be who I am?”, you say, and turn away. Let’s start again. Who are you?