On Chögyam Trungpa
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is the quintessential spiritual guide. His teachings—steeped in ancient tradition and presented with relaxed fluency in western language and culture—are profound, accessible, and fresh. In addition to the buddhadharma, he offered the secular path of Shambhala, cultivating an appreciation of inherent bravery, dignity and goodness beyond cultural and religious bounds. Through his many books, Trungpa Rinpoche continues to be an incomparable source of wisdom and courage in the world. The Chronicles is an ongoing celebration of his profound teachings and life example.
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Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week is edited and produced by Carolyn Rose Gimian. Thank you to Lady Diana Mukpo, Mrs. Gimian, and Shambhala Publications for making these teachings available on the Chronicles.
Discipline is not a one-shot deal or a two-shot deal, but a one-hundred-thousand shot deal. It happens again and again and again. Discipline is not somebody with a long face and a stick. Discipline is somebody without a face, without a stick–but cool, cold, fifty degrees below zero. Discipline is not a school master or a master with a stick in zazen practice or a disciplinarian or an angry, hot-tempered tutor. Discipline is not a person at all. That makes it hard to relate with, because you can’t rebel against it. You can’t take the stick away from the disciplinarian and hit him back. It’s constant discipline. Cool mountain stream. It’s very boring. So let’s call it cool boredom. The boredom which such discipline consists of is cool boredom, refreshing boredom.