Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ocean of Dharma - A Contemplative Approach

Nice quote form Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa.


According to the ideas of my teacher, Jamgon Kongtrul, the only way to develop spiritual discipline is to accept chaos as well as orderliness. His suggestions are very profound and totally ecumenical. To develop genuine spirituality, one has to be dedicated to a contemplative approach, a meditative approach. That doesn't mean that everybody on this earth has to sit on a meditation cushion....We are not talking in terms of being good meditators. We are talking about actually, personally being able to identify with what you've studied, what you've heard, what you've learned, what you've read. It is bringing all of this into your personal experience.

~ From Talk One of "Jamgon Kongtrul," an unpublished seminar, Boulder, Colorado, November 1974.


elbibis said...

This interesting point of view has left me thinking... thank you.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely! It was true in 70's, just as it is true today. Live n' learn and TRUST the process . . .The chaos n'all. If I didn't have the strenght to trust that the great Self/Spirit is on my side, I would be a whining basket case spinning my ego-wheels into nowhere fast.