Chogyam Trungpa: How To Meditate Like A Fool.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Apr 21, 2011
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“If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.” ~William Blake

“Meditation practice right at the beginning is acceptance of being a fool. You continually acknowledge that you are making a fool out of yourself pretending to be meditating, rather than believing you are transcending something or being holy or good. If you start from that matter-of-fact level, acknowledging your self-deception, then you begin to pick up on something more than being a fool. There’s something in it. You begin to learn to give. You no longer have to defend yourself constantly. So that practice involves tremendous discipline in your daily living situation. It is not just a sitting practice alone, but your total life situation becomes part of your meditation practice. That provides a lot of ground for relating with things very simply, without concepts involved. And then at some stage, of course, you begin to lose any sense of effort or self-conscious awareness that you are meditating. The boundaries of your meditation begin to dissolve, and it becomes non-meditation or all meditation.” ~ from Orderly Chaos by Chogyam Trungpa

Not knowing how to meditate is not an excuse for not meditating… Simply sit with the fact that you don’t know what you’re doing or exactly why you are doing it. That is sincere and precise. And in that sincerity and precision you will find wisdom and clarity!

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