March 7, 2011

The pith teaching of all Buddhadharma.

Stop thinking? Get rid of thoughts? That’s not actually the goal. Thoughts are natural and innumerable. The goal, rather, is to be present with whatever occurs.

Our Everyday Practice.

I’ve heard this quote attributed to both Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, whom I had the honor to know relatively well—as a child, that is—and as you can see from this blurry photo, it’s attributed to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Anyone know?

Either way, it’s succinctly sums up the whole point and technique of Buddhadharma. Guess that’s why I still hear it quoted all the time in my Shambhala Buddhist community.

As seen at Marpa House, in Boulder, Colorado:

Since all things are naked, clear, and free from obscurations, there is nothing to attain or realise. The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions. And to all people – experiencing everything totally without reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralises onto oneself.”

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