Chögyam Trungpa on “giving up your uptightness”

Photo (detail) by James Gimian. Used by permission.

“Giving away fifty percent of your aggression and reserving the other fifty percent for holding your trip together is not quite enough. You have to give up the whole thing. And each time you give, your vision begins to clear, and there’s less of a filter over your pupils; your hearing begins to clear, and there’s less wax on your eardrums. So you begin to hear and see much better as you give up more of this uptightness, this holding back, this resentment…You just give it away without expecting anything in return. You just give, give, give, let go.”– Chögyam Trungpa, from his book, True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art, via Ocean of Dharma

For more, see our Chögyam Trungpa Spotlight page — and for more, specifically, of his Dharma Art teachings, see “Unconditional Beauty.”

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  1. feelingtoinfinity
    Posted January 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    “If you let go of everything, everything, everything —
    that's the real point!”

    ~Patrul Rinpoche

    No one knows the reason for any of this – why even make it a question?

    Death doesn't. The unleashed wonder of that moment is sufficient to still any speculation. This is not a metaphor — it will be the same door opening inward that once opened out.

    I am that swinging door, not knowing in from out, death from life, me from you. What is surrender? The surrender that can be done is not true surrender. Who surrenders to what? Who surrenders what?

    What do I possess — what is mine — that I can really let go of? Where can I find any portion of myself that is ever divisible from itself, except in hallucinations of self and other?

    My desire to surrender is not mine, my hopes and dreams are not even mine, my living, loving, dying is not mine, nor is any surrender mine. Being nothing myself, I am already everything. To whom shall I surrender?

    I do not rise in the morning by my own will, nor do I sleep by my own power. What appears before me as world and other is never at any distance from myself, and so on what altar shall I place this pretense of submission?

    Even the motive to surrender at last must be seen as arising from some subtle sense of separation. What has been given, what received, other than oneself?

    The one who would surrender is the one who keeps surrender out of reach.

    In the midst of the stream, I, water, bend to cup water, then offer it back to the river. The river itself flows on and on, mindless of my feeble gestures, my fantasies of surrender.

    Once Hotei, the legendary "Laughing Buddha", encountered another sage on the road. The sage asked him, "What is the realization of The Buddha Way?" Hotei immediately plopped his sack down on the ground in silent answer. "Then," asked the other, "what is the actualization of The Buddha Way?" At once the Hotei swung the sack over his shoulder again and walked on.

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