Ode to Friday: Chogyam Trungpa


For the warrior, letting go is connected with relaxing within discipline, in order to experience freedom. Freedom here does not mean being wild or sloppy; rather it is letting yourself go so that you fully experience your existence as a human being. Letting go is completely conquering the idea that discipline is a punishment for a mistake or a bad deed that you have committed, or might like to

commit. You have to completely conquer the feeling that there is something fundamentally wrong with your human nature and that therefore you need discipline to correct your behaviour. As long as you feel that discipline comes from outside, there is still a lingering feeling that something is lacking in you. So letting go is connected with letting go of any vestiges of doubt or hesitation or embarrassment about being you as you are. You have to relax with yourself in order to fully realise that discipline is simply the expression of your basic goodness. You have to appreciate yourself, respect yourself, and let go of your doubt and embarrassment so that you can proclaim your goodness and basic sanity for the benefit of others.

~ from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chögyam Trungpa (Tibetan, 1939-1987)



4 thoughts on “Ode to Friday: Chogyam Trungpa

    • Kim, this book is wonderful on letting go and many other aspects of how to live. I recommend it with the highest praise. Here are some more of his thoughts on letting go.

      “If you are able to relax — relax to a cloud by looking at it, relax to a drop of rain and experience its genuineness — you can see the unconditionality of reality, which remains very simply in things as they are, very simply… when you are able to look at things without saying, ‘this is for me or against me’ .. then you are experiencing the state of being of the cosmic mirror, the wisdom of the cosmic mirror.”

      ” … the cause that brings inner authentic presence is emptying out and letting go .. it comes from exchanging yourself with others, from being able to regard other people as yourself, generously and without fixation ..”


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