All quotes are taken from "The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness" by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Book and ebook are published at Shambala Publications (http://www.shambhala.com/the-tantric-pa ... lness.html).
And please keep in mind that Trungpa Rinpoche has said these things in the 1970ies and 1980ies. Long time ago and still valid.
"... well, but that Great West has become the symbol of the setting sun, the destroying of light. Century after century, that great setting sun, as opposed to the great rising sun, has created conditions that block any possibilities of presenting enlightenment. The great setting sun of the West has provided us with beautiful, comfortable conditions for living our life, like central heating, air-conditioning, taxicabs, and numerous other conveniences. But that setting-sun approach has provided us purely with a comfortable way to die."
"There are two levels of loyalty: setting-sun loyalty and Great Eastern Sun loyalty. The setting-sun version of loyalty is based on fear. You are afraid that if you do not do your job, you might be ﬁred and lose your sandwich and your roof. But you think that if you become a good, loyal person, then you will have more than a sandwich and a roof. You might have a palace and eat gourmet food, and you might be able to take some time off. You might be able to go to a beach and lie in the dirt. That is what we call a vacation, although you never know what the vacation is a vacation from, exactly. That's it—full stop. There is nothing more than that. So setting-sun loyalty is a functional sort of loyalty. Obviously, you try to be happy, but that is just thrown in. And at some point, you are going to drop dead, and that's it—poof!
You might also apply this setting-sun approach to your children and your grandchildren. You hope your children could all go through the same process. You want them to get a good education so that they could get a good job. Hopefully, they could be disciplined, so that they do not get ﬁred, and if they are successful enough, they too might have a chance to go to the beach and lie in the dirt. Your grandchildren and your greatgrandchildren could do absolutely the same thing. Maybe they could go to the moon eventually, and lie in the dirt on the moon. They could eat lots of food, drink lots of booze, and consume lots of Alka-Seltzer.
The other side of the coin, heads rather than tails, is Great Eastern Sun loyalty, which is more fundamental. Great Eastern Sun loyalty is a question of what you are, rather than what you are doing. Someone might ask, “What are you doing?” But when someone asks, “Who are you?” or “What are you?” it is a more ﬁmdamental question. What you are is what you are, and what you are not is what you are not. By testing your setting-sun approach and the territoriality of your ego, you have a chance to look at those situations and ﬁnd out who and what you are."
Yleinen keskustelualue ja olohuone henkisille etsijöille.
Ystäväni pisti muutaman lainauksen Trungpa Rinpochen kirjasta. Minusta hänen mietteensä ovat erittäin purevia. Mitä mieltä olette?
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