“Decency is absence of strategy”- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Via Anna Gilkerson
on May 23, 2009
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I received this from my daily Ocean of Dharma Quotes this morning and I want to share it.

“If you are a warrior, decency means that you are not cheating anybody at all. You are not even about to cheat anybody. There is a sense of straightforwardness and simplicity. With setting-sun vision, or vision based on cowardice, straightforwardness is always a problem. If people have some story or news to tell somebody else, first of all they are either excited or disappointed. Then they begin to figure out how to tell their news. They develop a plan, which leads them completely away from simply telling it. By the time a person hears the news, it is not news at all, but opinion. It becomes a message of some kind, rather than fresh, straightforward news. Decency is the absence of strategy. It is of utmost importance to realize that the warrior’s approach should be simple-minded sometimes, very simple and straightforward. That makes it very beautiful: you having nothing up your sleeve; therefore a sense of genuineness comes through. That is decency.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

From “Perkiness,” a talk given to the Directors of Shambhala Training, July 1978.


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2 Responses to ““Decency is absence of strategy”- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche”

  1. Another:
    Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: “We cannot accumulate merit if we have a macho sense of pride and arrogance that we have already have enough truth and virtue and now are going to collect more. The person who collects merit has to be humble and willing to give rather than willing to collect…”

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