CTR Quote of the Week

A New Offering from the Chogyam Trungpa Institute


The Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University is offering this new service: CTR Quote of the Week. You can view the quotes on their site, or you can receive weekly quotes in your inbox.

This new service started on April 12, 2020. Here is the first offering.

Chaos on a nationwide scale

On a nationwide scale, people suffer from things like famines and wars; and as individuals, we suffer from various types of chaos in our life. It is happening right now, all the time. Things go wrong, and a lot of chaos happens. It is one thing after another. In the beginning, you may be shocked to see such energy coming your way. But you have to be willing to learn from it. Usually we are so overwhelmed by such happenings that we deliberately put off going into the depths of the psychological aspects of the chaos. Energy might have the pretense of chaos, but you are learning not to be shocked by it.

Fear arises when this energy is not a concrete, definite thing. If we can see something, we feel ready to control it. You can stop somebody from walking in front of you, or you can stop a cat from killing a mouse – in those situations, you can do something directly. But if what is happening is subtle and deep rooted, that energy is very difficult to deal with, because it does not have particular characteristics that you can catch. It has no handles, so to speak, no tail. It is just an all-pervading force. So it is like trying to catch the wind or a rainbow. That makes us afraid and confused.

From Milarepa: Lessons from the Life and Songs of Tibet’s Great Yogi, pages 122 to 123.
Published by Shambhala Publications.

The compiler of the quotes and the moderator of the list is Carolyn Gimian.

CHOGYAM TRUNGPA FOUNDED NAROPA UNIVERSITY IN 1974 AS A PLACE TO FOSTER BOTH INTELLECT AND INTUITION, AND TO SPARK CURIOSITY AND DEEP INQUIRY. His view and his work have infused Naropa and its development. The Chogyam Trungpa Institute was established at Naropa in 2017, the 30th anniversary of his death, to highlight the work of its founder, providing a comprehensive digital platform as one avenue to access his extensive lectures, poetry and art. Naropa envisioned and is launching the Institute with the close collaboration and support of the family of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Shambhala Archives and the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project. Carolyn Rose Gimian, the founding director of the Legacy Project, has been appointed as the first director of the Institute.