Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa is a Buddhist meditation master.


“Spirituality is a particular term, which actually means, our dealing with intuition. In the theistic tradition there’s a notion of clinging into a word. A certain act is regarded as displeasing to divine principals and a certain act is regarded as pleasing for the divine… whatever.

In the tradition of non-theism, however, it is very direct that the case history are not particularly important. What is actually important is: ‘Here and Now’.

‘Now’ is definitely now. We try to experience what is available there, on the spot. There’s no point in thinking, that a past did exist, that we could have now.

This is ‘Now’.

This very moment.

Nothing mystical, just ‘Now’, very simple straightforward…. and from that ‘now-ness’ however, arises a sense of intelligence, always, that you are constantly interacting with the reality, one by one, spot by spot, constantly. We actually experience fantastic precision, always. But, we are threatened by the ‘Now’ so, we jump to the past or the future.

Paying attention to the materials that exist in our life — such a rich life that we lead — all these choices take place all the time but none of them are regarded as ‘bad’ or ‘good’ per se. Everything we experience are unconditional experiences. They don’t come along with a label by saying:

‘this is regarded as bad’,

‘this is good’,

but, we experience them but, we don’t actually pay heed to them, properly. We don’t actually regard that we are going somewhere. We regard that as a hassle, waiting to be dead.

That’s the problem.

And that is not trusting the ‘now-ness’ properly. That what is actually experienced ‘Now’ possesses a lot of powerful things. It is so powerful that we can’t face it, therefore we have to borrow from the past and invite the future all the time.

Maybe that’s why we seek religion. Maybe that’s why we march in the street. Maybe that’s why we complain to society. Maybe that’s why we vote for the presidents. It’s quite ironic though and very funny indeed.”

Chogyam Trungpa, L.A. Lecture, 1983

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