The Human Condition in 362 Words.

Via on May 21, 2011

We Might Be F*cked Up, but we’re Never Totally F*cked.

I hope you connect with the below ancient yet accessible wisdom via Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche—I did.~ Ben Riggs.

“People often talk about trying to hold back their tears, but as human beings, we should take pride in our capacity to be sad and happy. We mustn’t ignore the preciousness of our human birth or take it for granted. It is extremely precious and very powerful. We cannot ignore our basic human endowment.

Spirituality does not exist on another level, or on a “higher plane,” quite different from ordinary life, as is generally assumed. It is no use trying to be different than you are. Spirituality is not about trying to be something more than you are or something better than you, for that matter. What is known as relative truth, or the truth which exists right here, now, in our everyday life, that truth has to be accepted as the general ground, and it is also the absolute truth.

True spirituality is not a battle; it is the ultimate practice of nonviolence. We are not regarding any part of us as being a villain, an enemy, but we are trying to use everything as a part of the natural process of life. As soon as the notion of polarity, of good and bad develops, then we are caught in spiritual materialism, which is working to achieve happiness in a simple-minded sense, on the way to egohood.

Everybody possesses the unconditional possibility of cheerfulness, which is not connected purely with either pain or pleasure. You have an inclination: in the flash of one second, you feel what needs to be done. It is not a product of your education; it is not scientific or logical; you simply pick up on the message. And then you act: you just do it. That basic human quality of suddenly opening up is the best part of human instinct. You know what to do right away, on the spot—which is fantastic.

That is what we call the dot of basic goodness and unconditional instinct. You don’t think: you just feel, on the spot.

Basic trust is knowing that there is such a thing as that spark of basic goodness.

Although you might be in the worst of the worst shape, still that goodness does exist.”

~ from Ocean of Dharma by Chogyam Trungpa, edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian


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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist & Christian spirituality for Elephant Journal, and The Web of Enlightenment. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter. He also teaches at Explore Yoga. Looking for a real bio? Click here to read my story....


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