Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, trailblazing Buddhist teacher, never emphasized traditional Buddhist teachings on reincarnation—much like the Buddha himself, who famously said that the Big Questions (is there an almighty, how did the universe begin…) don’t matter.
What matters, they agree, is sitting down and dedicating the merit and practicing some meditation. The rest, too often, is discursive entertainment.
So this quote, and the below videos via Gesar Mukpo and David Nichtern, are offered by way of raising, and grounding, such questions.
Bonus, via David Nichtern, a senior student of Chogyam Trungpa and, might I add, remarkably good-looking gentleman:
Via Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s third son, Gesar, a childhood pal o’mine and talented filmmaker:
On Instagram: “I don’t think I’ve ever read something that captures just how terrifying life feels in one sentence, and then relieves all of those fears in the next. Until now. Leave it to Chögyam Trungpa.”
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