Dzogchen and Trungpa

deer + bird


We leave our homeland, our property and our friends. We give up the familiar ground that supports our ego, admit the helplessness of ego to control its world and secure itself.

We give up our clingings to superiority and self-preservationā€¦ It means giving up searching for a home, becoming a refugee, a lonely person who must depend on himselfā€¦

Fundamentally, no one can help us. If we seek to relieve our loneliness, we will be distracted from the path. Instead, we must make a relationship with loneliness until it becomes aloneness.

Trungpa RinpocheĀ 

i came upon this quote by one of my favorite dzogchen teachers so iĀ thought i would share.
trungpa’s teachings are well worth yourĀ time no matter what your practice or un-practice may be!

7 thoughts on “Dzogchen and Trungpa

  1. Good morning Linda~

    Yaaaaaaaaaay…the comment button is on! Glad you got my email yesterday!

    I adore this post, as well as the photo. I have such a love for deer!

    “Instead, we must make a relationship with loneliness until it becomes aloneness.ā€

    Amen! And it’s within the ‘aloneness’ we discover our relationship with ourselves.

    Thanks for sharing this reminded, dear friend!

    ((((( You )))))

    Have an AWESOME day……xoxoxoxoxo

    1. Hello dear ron, thanks for the appreciative comment! I agree, of course. It is in aloneness that the meditative state is reached. I have never been able to chat and meditate at the same time. šŸ™‚

      Hoping the lights stayed on and your connection too. xxx

  2. What an absolutely magnificent photograph.

    I’ve left much behind and on many more than one occasion yet I often need to be reminded about seeking the relationship with loneliness. Thank you, my dear.

    1. my dear, i am off to see shrink but will address your comments to me tonight. i have not been able to be online again… sigh… xxx

      1. hi susan,
        i hope you come back around to read this little reply to the first. i think when we leave things behind willingly, we know loneliness immediately and that, over time, becomes aloneness. my teacher used to spell alone, of course, as all one and i thought it was such an enlightening moment the first time i realized and began to look at words, how they’re put together and so often mean something quite the opposite. this is simply another example of it. like mistook means you missed the taking of something desired or perhaps you took the missed. just pulled that word out from nowhere. as in where is no where?

        anyway, thank you for that incredibly long list of paint colors-i do hope you could cut and paste it.

        well, am off here now, it’s sort of working so best to hit “post” and say three “hail maries” šŸ™‚

  3. I love solitude….and as a wise person in my life explained to me ‘the difference between lonely and solitude is how well one likes the company they’re keeping’. And for me, that’s been true.
    So I adore the quote, but that’s because I’ve been able to move from loneliness to aloneness–and I’m good with that…at peace with that.
    And I have become at peace with my own company. In fact, I like it. I even like admitting that I like it. It means ‘you’ve come a longggggg way baby!’…….which is really awesome. Cuz I have…and it’s cool.

    You realize, of course, there’s a very huge chunk of other stuff that got to happen in that transition–and it meant much of what’s spoken to…the destruction of ego, the letting go of things that I ‘thought’….an unlearning of what was taught and an opening of hands to what was being ‘offered’ to me. It meant willingness to try again, over and over and over again to get ‘here’.
    I’ll just say it was worth the journey and stop rattling on. LOL

    Darn internet issues! šŸ˜‰

  4. good eve, mel, i apologize but i haven’t been able to get online for weeks for any stretch of time. today is the first day that i am not yet popped off again. i haven’t been able to post in between the drops. what a huge drag. anyway, there are worse things but i did want you to know. i might send this via email so you know i responded!!

    i am thrilled to read this..i too am very happy in “aloneness” and never think of it as lonely. i think i feel more lonely in a crowd? i do realize what you are saying having practice buddhism for many years. not so active now but one cannot ever go back to not knowing… haha, mel, you’re not rattling and tomorrow yours is the first blog on my list to visit, fingers crossed. i see i have no blink, meaning no conn. so am going to post this and try and email you a copy. OO, i said that and it popped back on! xxxx

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