By Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa
Transcript of talks given via Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche on the moment Vajradhatu Seminary, Snowmass Village 1974.
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If you don't know anything about it, then you can't call it a mistake. If you're driving in a foreign country on the wrong side of the road, it's not your fault. Such excuses are given, but actually,at this point it is quite different. When we talk about being educated, being informed, being learned, we are talking about being inquisitive enough to learn the rules and regulations for driving on the right side of the road in the foreign country. There should be enough inquisitiveness about what you are doing, rather than just sitting back and being very lazy about the whole thing.
Books may be just encouragement. seems that at times in the meditation practice itself, losing the ego, from the ego's point of view, can be very sad and depressing, and very scary. And then it seems that obviously the thing to do is to let go of that, to disown the sadness or 28 to disown the fear. But that's exactly what you are afraid of-to let go of being afraid. That's exactly what you're sad about letting go of. And so it becomes sort of an occupation during your meditation. Is that a problem?
There is also a kind of joy in changing schedules because this kind of schedule is not what we usually do in life. It is outside of our life style. So that kind of joy takes place as well. People tend to complain to a greater or lesser extent. Sometimes people with complaints voice them out; sometimes people with complaints swallow tl:tem and try to stick them in their throat. People have different ways of holding back. People feel that whenever there is any tone of negativity connected with the organization, the administration, the cooking, the sitting, the weather, or whatever, that they should be alert, willing to get into it as soon as possible.