By Chogyam Trungpa
The Abhidharma is a suite of Buddhist scriptures that examine the workings of the brain and the states of human realization. during this booklet, Chögyam Trungpa indicates how an exam of the formation of the ego offers us with a chance to improve actual intelligence. Trungpa additionally provides the perform of meditation because the implies that allows us to determine our mental state of affairs in actual fact and at once.
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The teachers have something to say and they say it, but perhaps it does not reach the audience effectively, in such a way as to create the right situation for practice. These teachers have been trained and have practiced and received transmission in their own countries, but that was a different cultural situation in which a certain environment of discipline was taken for granted. They seem to presume that the same cultural background also exists in the West. But perhaps that is not the case. So for us in the West to get into a spiritual teaching, we have to get into the basic core of it.
When we talk about feeling, we usually think in terms of feeling toward someone else: you fall in love with someone, you are angry with someone. In that imagery the other person is all-important and you are insignificant. On the other hand, you feel slighted or you want to be loved. In that case you are all-important and the others are insignificant. ” But in reality all that is very remote. Nobody is actually involved but yourself. You are alone and are creating the whole game by yourself. So understanding feeling is very revealing about how you relate with things.
And each time when pain comes you feel that you are overcoming the possessiveness of ego by feeling that particular pain. But in actual fact, by the time you finish your twenty hours of meditation, your ego has been strengthened because you feel that you worked so hard and you faced so much. You have been double-crossed by ego. Question: Is it possible to purify the feelings so that movement toward what is true feels good and movement toward what is not true does not feel good? Rinpoche: The question is whether or not we see that there is no point in playing the game of feeling which is the second skandha.