“In order to become a follower of the dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, one has to become nonaggressive, beyond aggression. In order to do that, there has to be some kind of warmth in oneself, gentleness to oneself, which is known as maitri, or loving-kindness. There also has to be greater gentleness to others, which is known as karuna or compassion. When we begin to make a connection to the teachings, to dharma, we are willing to open our gates, to tear down our walls.” — from “Aggression,” in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Two. Via Ocean of Dharma.
For more from Chögyam Trungpa, see our special online collection of his teachings from the Shambhala Sun, and don’t miss “Ocean of Dharma,” Barry Boyce’s account of Trungpa’s dramatic life and profound legacy, in our January 2012 magazine. (You can read Part 1, titled “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism,” here.)