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Self-liberate Even the Antidote

 


 
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The antidote is the realization that our discursive thoughts have no origin... But we need to go beyond that antidote. We should not hang on the so-what-ness of it, the naivete of it.

The idea of the antidote is that everything is empty, so you have nothing to care about...whether anything great or small comes up, nothing really matters very much... so let it go... you can murder, you can meditate, you can perform art, you can do all kinds of things - everything is meditation, whatever you do. But there is something very tricky about the whole approach. That dwelling on emptiness is a misinterpretation, called the 'poison of shunyata'.

Some people say that they do not have to sit and meditate, because they have always 'understood.' But that is very tricky. I have been trying very hard to fight such people. I never trust them at all - unless they actually sit and practice. You cannot split hairs by saying that you might be... driving your Porsche and meditating away; you might be washing dishes (which is more legitimate in some sense) and meditating away. That may be a genuine way of doing things, but it still feels very suspicious.

From Training the Mind & Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa , copyright 1993 by Diana Mukpo.
(Official Chogyam Trungpa Website)
Published by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston.

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