Chogyam Trungpa: the Buddhist Recipe for Success.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 22, 2010
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It’s about 9 words…

The Buddhist Recipe for success  is also way more fun, personal, meaningful, and not a job—and it actually works, better, because your heart and intelligence are in your every action.

This had a big healthy influence on me as a young troublemaking but shy but outgoing but confused but sweet but arrogant young man:

This was an inspiring slogan in my youth, when I was arrogant (to my mind, free-willed) and inclined to distrust rules…it was inspiring to hear from the ultimate authority figure in my Buddhist born n’bred youth that a distrust of rules could be okay.

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“If you can maintain your sense of humor and a distrust of the rules laid down around you, there will be success.” ~VCTR.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


15 Responses to “Chogyam Trungpa: the Buddhist Recipe for Success.”

  1. Rick Gilbert says:

    I try never to forget how unbelievably lucky I am to have found the teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche, his son and our lineage–and most of all his planting of the Dorje Kasung in a culture that needs it so badly. I'm fairly cynical and not usually prone to devotion to a person/cause–but this practice…

  2. Ceci Miller says:

    This passage answers a longstanding question for me. My husband Jack Elias, a former student of CTR, has tried several times to explain the intent of the Dorje Kasung, and although I got a general idea, I hadn’t connected to Rinpoche’s true intention. Like all writings of CTR I’ve read, these words offer key instructions and ongoing food for contemplation. Thank you very, very much for this post.

  3. risslicious says:

    The Buddhist philosophy loses me every time it strays into "putting others' welfare before our own." How a society can become enlightened with a collection of people forgetting themselves is beyond my comprehension. Wasn't the Buddha's greatest teaching to 'Be a light unto yourself?' If we follow our own truth, by default we will automatically set everyone around us free to do the same. This politically correct, yet thoroughly lacking advice for measuring our lives with the altruistic yardstick is a cop out and a sure-fire way to keep us stuck in guilt and inauthentic living.

  4. Linda says:

    The kasung are genuine, altruistic servers and protectors, without which the Halifax Shambhala Centre and other places of meditation would be vulnerable to the whims of crazy causes and conditions. Who checks that the windows are closed at night? etc. etc. etc.–the kasung. It's not like each North American can find his or her own bodhi tree and sit undisturbed through wind, rain and snow. We so often practice together as a community in shrine rooms and the kasung enable us to do so.

  5. Susann Toth says:

    Howdy! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks for your time!

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  8. Andrew Safer says:

    You chose an absolutely priceless quote. Thank you! I was looking for this not long ago so just jotted it down. And thanks for your comments. I never heard that bit about the lamp with no oil.

  9. Robert_Piper says:

    I just printed this quote out, and I'm going to tape it to my dashboard. Thanks!

  10. Steven Whitacre says:

    Problem is that's not it "straying," that's what it's mainly about. Hate to burst your bubble, but the Buddha just like VCTR, one of the most authentic people you could find, taught that there is no solid self. While it's important to start with being kind to yourself, at some point one then needs to turn the flower outward and extend to others compassionately. There's a difference between taking care of your actual needs, and trying to get what you want, which is never satisfied.

    VCTR was not about political correctness at all.

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  13. Gabriela says:

    I would say that this is the best site I've found so far that treats spirituality and Eastern teachings honourably. I also follow Sogyal Rinpoche and I am on a perpetual search for more 🙂