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Chögyam Trungpa,

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Spirituality is a particular term, which actually means our dealing with intuition. In the theistic tradition there’s a notion of clinging into a word. A certain act is regarded as displeasing to divine principals and a certain act is regarded as pleasing for the divine... whatever. In the tradition of non-theism however, it is very direct that the case history are not particularly important. What is actually important is here and now. Now is definitely now. We try to experience what is available there, on the spot. There’s no point in thinking that the past that exists that we could have now. This is now. This very moment. Nothing mystical, just now, very simple, straightforward, and from that nowness however, arises a sense of intelligence, always, that you are constantly interacting with the reality, one by one, spot by spot, constantly. We actually experience fantastic precision, always. But we are threatened by the now, so we jump to the past or the future. Paying attention to the materials that exist in our life; such a rich life that we lead. All these choices take place all the time, but none of them are regarded as bad or good per se. Everything we experience are unconditional experience. They don’t come along with a label by saying this is regarded as bad, this is good. We experience them but we don’t actually pay heed to them properly. We don’t actually regard that as we’re going somewhere. We regard them as a hassle, waiting to be dead. That’s the problem. And that is not trusting the nowness, properly, but what is actually experienced, now, possesses a lot of powerful things. It is so powerful that we can’t face it, therefore we have to borrow from the past to invite the future, all the time. Maybe that’s why we seek religion. Maybe that’s why we march in the street. Maybe that’s why we complain to society. Maybe that’s why we vote for the presidents. It’s quite ironical and very funny indeed.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 53 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: on Apr 21, 2011

Chögyam Trungpa from the opening scene in "Zeitgeist, the Movie" ( Chögyam Trungpa from a Los Angeles lecture in 1983 (

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