Just Be Glad You Have a Head.

Via on May 2, 2011
Day 44 by Perfecto Insecto, on Flickr
Photo: Perfecto Insecto

Maybe you can’t cure your hangover, but you can look on the bright side…

In the early 70s, Rinpoche found it very curious that his Western students were so quick to try to warm up winter with heaters, electric blankets, etc. Their attempts to cool down summer with air conditioners and ice water were also strange. He pointed out that we were always trying to avoid the hotness of hot and the coldness of cold; that we were addicted to a lukewarm life in our attempt to avoid the way things are.

We also used to party a great deal in those days. We’d go to bars before or after Rinpoche’s talks and maybe do a few drugs before dancing the night away in friends’ homes. We were hippie youth and Rinpoche was just beginning to tame us.

On a morning after partying many of us could be found fumbling for aspirin and instant coffee, complaining about headaches and hangovers. Rinpoche found this difficult to understand; cause and effect seemed pretty obvious to him.

On one such morning, Rinpoche caught a friend of mine moaning, “Oh my head!” To this he simply responded, “Just be glad you have a head!”

About Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis met the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and, following Rinpoche’s invitation, immediately moved to Boulder, Colorado to be a part of his young and vital sangha. The predominant themes in her life have been teaching in contemplative schools–Vidya, Naropa, and the Shambhala School in Halifax, Nova Scotia–and studying, practicing, or teaching his Shambhala Buddhadharma wherever she finds herself.

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One Response to “Just Be Glad You Have a Head.”

  1. Diana Mercer diana says:

    thank you for this Linda. as someone who is tempted to chop her head off more than i care to admit, this reminder is apt. blessings.

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