Monday, August 26, 2013
The Genuine Heart of Sadness
One of my very favorite passages on the awakened heart from the ever-provocative and brilliant Chogyam Trungpa:
If you search for awakened heart, if you put your hand through your rib cage and feel for it, there is nothing there except for tenderness. You feel sore and soft, and if you open your eyes to the rest of the world, you feel tremendous sadness. This kind of sadness doesn’t come from being mistreated. You don’t feel sad because someone has insulted you or because you feel impoverished. Rather, this experience of sadness is unconditioned. It occurs because your heart is completely exposed. There is no skin or tissue covering it; it is pure raw meat. Even if a tiny mosquito lands on it, you feel so touched. Your experience is raw and tender and so personal.
I find myself recommending Rinpoche's books a lot lately, to many different people, for many different reasons. His series on the path of warriorship (here and here), and his original talks on Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom have stood the test of time, and in my opinion are still some of the most inspired teachings around. My personal favorite, though it requires falling into the unknown to understand (read slowly) is Orderly Chaos, Rinpoche's discussion of the mandala principle in tantra.