July 1, 2011

The Buddha Was Flippin’ Cosmic Flapjacks.

“Something living, something real, is taking place in everything.” ~Chogyam Trungpa

“Our ordinary approach to reality and truth is so poverty stricken that we don’t realize that the truth is not one truth, but all truth. It could be everywhere, like raindrops, as opposed to water coming out of a faucet that only one person can drink from at a time. Our limited approach is a problem…

From the point of view of  ati (level of true reality), there is ‘all’ dharma rather than ‘the’ dharma. The notion of ‘one and only’ does not apply anymore. If the gigantic pancake falls on our head, it falls on everybody’s head.

In some sense it is a big joke and a big message. You cannot even run next-door to your neighbor saying, ‘I had a little pancake fall on my head. What can I do? I want to wash my hair.’ You have nowhere to go. It is a cosmic pancake that falls everywhere on the face of the earth.

You cannot escape—that is the basic point.

From that point of view, both the problem and promise are cosmic.

If you are trying to catch what I am saying, quite possibly you cannot capture the idea. In fact, it is quite possible that you do not understand a word of it. You cannot imagine it in even the slightest, faintest way. But it is possible that there are situation that exist beyond your logic, beyond your system of thinking. That is not an impossibility.

In fact it is highly possible.”

~from Journey Without Goal by Chogyam Trungpa

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