June 3, 2014

Share this with your favorite Child.

Share this with your favorite Child.

A cartoon of the path we must travel if we are to love this life.

Man-child, Woman-child, or Child…there’s a lot to learn, a lot of helpful reminders in these simple illustrations.

As Trungpa Rimpoche said, Om Grow Up Svaha is the most profound mantra of them all.

Sure: we can always be children inside–playful, present.

But life isn’t just about us. Life is about something bigger and more beautiful than that. Life is about service. And it’s on that path, or climb, that we’ll find lasting joy.

The Maturity Climb: (doubleclick to make image huge)

  For deeper reading:

Basic Goodness is our Human Nature. ~ Chogyam Trungpa

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Amor Aug 16, 2014 5:09am

Hi, I really enjoy this cartoon, and… as I collaborate with a language exchange community based in the website http://www.coollanguages.org, would like to translate it into other languages, like spanish or italian that are my mother tongues… are you interested?

Deb Aug 16, 2014 2:49am

I wondered about this, too. I don’t think it is expressed well. Blaming self is not a good thing. But, it may mean something like ‘Peace, it starts with me.’ When I look at a problem, where am I in it, what can I do? This goes from personal issues to global. There is a lot said about the incorrectness of others’ thinking and doing, but where is my responsibility in it? That’s my take anyway.

Kelly Aug 15, 2014 10:34am

Hello! I really really enjoy this cartoon! It is a lovely reflection of many of the stages of life we all go through or are going through or will trek through. I found the "ask, tells" in the pink changing to "listening" just delightful! As well as, "taking everything personally" changing to "understanding." Naturally, these of course have been some of my big lessons. However, I need some clarification. In the green patch up top, it states "blames self for the world." I find blame toward self or others to be an immature perspective. Please feel free to expand on this if I am missing some major point! Also, "died happy, won the war," seems to perpetuate the dichotomy of the mind: us versus them. Thoughts?

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