Basic Goodness and Harmony -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche -Shambhala

Basic Goodness and Harmony -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche -Shambhala


It’s quite marvelous that we have passion, that we are not purely made out of aggression, some kind of saving grace that we possess, which is fantastic. We should be thankful to the Great Eastern Sun vision. Without passion, nothing can be experienced. Nothing can be worked on, but with a sense of aggression that we have bad feelings about ourselves. Either we begin to feel a tremendous sense of righteous, and we are the only right people, or else; we feel so pissed off that we could be destroyed by somebody else, that’s very pathetic. And that prevents us seeing what’s known as basic goodness, that we’ve been talking early on. The basic goodness, what we’ve been talking on, is like this [pointing to flowers] arrangement. which has its own contrast and its own togetherness, being together completely. And also at the same time, inviting and fearless at the same time too. And basic goodness, and this is a product of basic goodness, if I may say so [audience laughter], and hangs together, no premeditative state involved how to put this together, and just came along on the spot. Basic goodness. I went up to the mountains today trying to collect this tree. The tree was there just waiting for us to collect it. And I said, ah, that will do. We had to work on the tree a little bit in order to transport, but still, these expressions of basic goodness, that how things could hang together. Things could just work like that. Basic goodness, obviously, involves heaven, earth and man qualities put together; basic goodness of heaven, basic goodness of man; basic goodness of earth are involved at once of course. The notion of basic goodness is some sense of generosity. And some sense of… bravery comes along with the generosity, and also some sense of notion [creating circle with fan] that the whole thing is round, like a mandala principle. The whole thing is working with each other’s elements all together. It hangs together so well. And we begin to feel that way ourselves, that basic goodness exists in ourselves; therefore that we are not afraid of our world; we are not depressed in our world. We feel so good, we feel good of particular artistic things we are doing, it also begins to fuel further ideas — and some people have tried to squeeze like as if you are in a state of constipation, sitting on the toilet seat, and taking occasion to glance to your toilet tissue. Wish something would come through. (laughter) And there are some artists that would begin to do that, and the result is very unique and very technical. Always relying back on the technicalities, and then trying to produce something out of it, but you don’t really feel good about the whole thing at all. So, what we are talking here is like the opposite of that. Not exact level of the diarhhea as such, [audience groans] but some kind of free flow situations in which that you have the confidence in that you can actually produce idea. You may not have any idea at the beginning, as we discussed last night, but you might have some idea halfway through, or you may not have any idea [microphone distraction] halfway through — I haven’t touched anything [audience laughs] But when a person feels that they have run out of ideas altogether, then taking a short break, and almost at the level of giving up; then the Great Eastern Sun arises in your mind. And it is not even an idea, it is actual thing that occurred to one’s state of mind, which is connected with generosity; a sense of trusting oneself comes through. From that sense of trust, it occurred what’s known as harmony. If there’s no trust, there will be no harmony. It is very well to say that everything is in harmony; that we should work with that, which is like paying lip service to something that can be done about it but nobody actually does it, which reminds me of various religious conferences held in various places. The first one I experienced when I was in India there’s Harmony Conference in New Delhi. And then there were little harmony conferences taking place in California and invited the rabbis, and bikshus, priests — and the whole gang. Everybody was talking harmony. Well, at the time, they didn’t fight on the spot, because they were talking about harmony, but there is no result at all, nothing had happened at all. Absolutely nothing happened. They came into the conference as they are. They left the conference as they are. They are going to go back by saying we took part in the conference on harmony; therefore our organization is greater now, but because of what? That’s very sad, and is at the verge of the setting sun, even the primitive setting sun, not even the sophisticated one. The harmony had to be related with some sense of lusciousness, richness, which is one aspect of harmony. The other aspect of harmony is a sense of spaciousness, and openness. The sense of lusciousness and harmony almost have qualities of a Jewish mother, plentiful, rich, lots of stuff on the table, so to speak. And the qualities of the openness, spaciousness – is like a Japanese home where things are very sparse, no furnitures, no big furnitures, no Victorian furnitures, just mat. And even when you sleep, you sleep on a block of wood, or even stone you use as a pillow. Those kind of two harmonies, the Jewish home and the Japanese home put together quite conveniently, which technically, here, is called a Shambhala home, or the Great Eastern Sun home, again, put together. And your work of art could be the same thing as well at the same time. When there is that kind of harmony takes place, properly, fully, then there is some kind of joy taking place. For the very reason that you are not struggling, just purely creating harmony alone, but you are also creating enlightened society. And enlightened society can only exist on a sense of harmony and inquisitiveness and all the rest of the things we discussed before.

43 Replies to “Basic Goodness and Harmony -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche -Shambhala”

  1. I love the quality of his English. It's obvious that communicating in an elegant and completely intelligible manner was of prime importance to Rinpoche. Astounding – I'm grateful for having encountered him at last.

  2. Although I heard about Trungpa Rinpoche, I never have had the opportunity to see or get his blessings, but I can say next to His Holiness The Dalai lama the only person that inspired me most in the whole world is Chogyam Trungpa after watching His videos in Youtube and my other video collections. I'm fortunate that I was born in His era, but am not fortunate enough as I couldn't get the opportunity to see Him personally. I hope I can see His Yangsi some day.

  3. We should be grateful to all those past and present masters as they brought Buddhism in the whole world in general and in the western and European world in particular where Buddhism wasn't flourished before. I say grateful in the sense that I can see clearly that in this present world the only weapon that could tackle violence is inner peace, compassion and altruism which are the basis of Buddhism. May our precious life be meaningful and may there be no violence. Everybody live in harmony.

  4. Maybe, at this distance in time, it is possible to pay attention to Trungpa's teachings, and not be distracted by the controversy he generated in his life time. The words, not the drunken antics.

  5. so he speaks like a spontaneous flower arrangement, even drunk, one of the most learned men that lived. He changed my life like no other

  6. I just saw a documentary on this guy. Was cheating on his wife and the distress that caused her part of his basic goodness? Behavior normally considered decadent he got away with as "crazy wisdom". That's just plain crazy if you ask me.

  7. The tree was waiting for me to harvest it? This isn't the sound of someone who is at one with the universe, it sounds more like grandiose entitlement.

  8. for twenty years I have sat on the fence on one side Buddhism other christianity the latter two sides either for or against if one crosses the former one is in it is done yet I cannot sit on that side I am not in harmony but with Buddhism I can be in harmony ** I cannot be a Buddhist christian but I can see using Buddhism ** a text and tradition which can help me and us * not as a christian as in the second example crossing as 'for' but a 'christian' as between Jew and Muslim where the Buddhist and others assist all of us in becoming one. this is the way I want to be a christian.

  9. Thank you for that. And what a pitty that you threaten people with "serious penalties". I am not trusting that the society according to shambala will be built on penalties. Maybe you want to join to creative commons thinking and practice?

  10. This man ordered his men to strip people naked against their will in public and in the name of a Buddhism devotion honorship. Craziness and blind followings.

  11. I've been trying to comprehend this mans ramblings for a while in my hunt for the greatest threshold of truth. If your truly enlightened then you would know that there is no good or bad. There just is. Therefore the concept of basic goodness is completely compromised. What is good and what is bad: who is to say. I also find that if you can't comprehend an idea quickly its normally because its flawed. Nature has no care for complicated ideas. Nature is very very simple. Ying and Yang is the only idea you need for spirituality. One symbol encompassing a powerful way of life. No wonder Tibet was crush by China. They tried to be Ying without the Yang. Terrance McKenna would label this man as a shame shaman.

  12. Trungpa, a notorious sex addict, died as an alcoholic. His Regent infected dozens with AIDS knowing he had it. These demon are a disgrace to the Buddist teachings. Watch the documentary "Crazy Wisdom". They have managed to delete it, so that SHAMBALA may continue charging its outrageous fees to teach you how to meditate. Don't be a fool like I was!

  13. #SabkaMaalikEkHai !!!
    “TRUTH is ONE, Paths are Many.”

    **UNIVERSAL PRAYER**
    "సర్వేజనా_సుఖినో_భవంతు"
    May the wicked turn good;
    May the good attain peace;
    May the peaceful be freed from all bondage; and
    May the liberated redeem others.

    May everybody be happy;
    May everybody be free from disease;
    May everybody have good luck;
    May none fall on evil days.

    May everybody surmount difficulties;
    May everybody have good fortune;
    May everybody realize his ambitions;
    May everybody rejoice everywhere.

  14. To all who complains that he was drunk and a smoker etc. listen here, He renounced his monastery vows after that he was a layman and he was free to do whatever he wanted and he decided to teach and change the life of many people. He was the father of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Trungpa Rinpoche's guru/friend (third Jamgön Kongtrül) said, "You should not judge or imitate your teacher's behavior unless you can imitate his mind".

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