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Buddhist Quote of the Day: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Joy

“There is something suspect about our inability to enjoy anything.”

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.

Pioneer of contemporary Buddhism and meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche was my parents’ teacher and my teacher’s parent (figure out that lineage tree). He had a way with one-liners, and his one-liners were deftly inserted into the walls of the Maze, a Buddhist-inspired installation and performance space created by Interdependence Project members Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris.

Have a great Sunday. Enjoy something!


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Leona DeGrande

posted September 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

I have been searching for my soul for as long as I can remember.

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Evan Cox

posted September 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9% of everything you think, And everything you do, Is for your self, And there isn’t one.

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Anan E. Maus

posted September 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm

a simple, but amazing statement.
without joy, no inspiration.
without inspiration, no path.
I wish I had a specific Buddhist example, but I do remember this, about Swami Vivekananda. One of his disciples found him reading the English humor magazine “Punch.” The saint was laughing so hard that he had tears coming from his eyes.
I think the saints wish that for all of us.

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Linda Bemis

posted September 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

Just a gentle breeze on your face is enough. Feel grateful for a
cool breeze on a hot day.
Food is another enjoyment. Seize the moment and taste the food.
Enjoyment is meant to be savored in the moment that it happens.
Make a pleasant memory of it.
As a child I liked walking through a puddle in my bare feet. It
wasn’t as cool as I anticipated. Luke warm. Puddles are like the
pockets of rain that settles and it is stored until it can evaporated.

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posted September 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I think we strive so, to be within only one polarity; joy, to experience happiness. However, all of life is filled with opportunity for enlightenment; therefore, creating the greatest of joys. Joy, can be felt within the heartache, it is there, we simply must sit quietly with the Self, and ask ourselves to become ‘aware’ of the joy that is waiting to be discovered, in every moment; whether we are experiencing pain, loss, or grief. These emotions as well, are filled with joy, since we live in the land of duality, ALL: is made of this and that.

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posted September 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

Ethan, Is that quotation something you heard firsthand, something you read, or something that was quoted to you? Do you have any context around the one-liner, or does it only exist for you as a one-liner?
I’m interested because for me the statement can lead at least two directions:
one: if we are unable to enjoy anything, maybe it’s because we’re going about things all wrong. Quit trying to pick a wallpaper pattern that suits you, the house is on fire!
two: if we are unable to enjoy anything, maybe it’s because nothing persists as an object for us to consume in enjoyment. Quit running from the frying pan to the fire! Sit down and be water!
of course there’s also three: if we are unable to enjoy anything, we might be suffering not just from the inherent nature of life but also from clinical depression, which is a treatable illness.

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