A Gift of Dharma for 11.24.10
by Danny Fisher
Today’s dharma quote is yet another from the Vidyādhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987), whom I first quoted and wrote a little bio for here. This is it — from Shambhala Publications’ Blog this week:
Without this world we cannot attain enlightenment. There would be no journey. So in a sense all the things taking place around the world, all the irritations and all the problems, are crucial. In other words, we could say that if there is no noise outside during our sitting practice, we cannot develop mindfulness. If we do not have aches and pains in our body, we cannot attain mindfulness; we cannot actually meditate. If everything were lovey-dovey, there would be nothing to work with. Without others and the challenges they present, we would have no chance at all to develop beyond ego. So the idea here is to feel grateful that others are presenting us with tremendous obstacles. Without them, we could not follow the path at all.