By Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa

Transcript of talks given through Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche on the moment Vajradhatu Seminary, Snowmass Village 1974.

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I think it's time for dinner. 38 TALK FIVE Motivation for Practice I would like to keep the topic very simple and direct, so today we are going to discuss things connected with the hinayana practice of shamatha meditation. From the point of view of the practitioner and his relationship to the path, one of the primary concerns is motivation. If you decide to take time off from your job, the motivation is that you can do something other than what you do in your job: you can relax, swim, eat in restaurants, and so on.

You are not you at all; you have lost yourself, which is the Buddhist notion of loneliness or egolessness. And when you sense that you are not you anymore and that nothing can replace that state anymore, then you begin to find that some sense of devotion is taking place, some sense of richness, and some sense of artistic expression. Which is very, very special. Q: You mean that your sense of not being you provides inspiration for richness to come? How is that? I don't see the logic in that. R: There doesn't have to be any logic, particularly.

If anybody would like to have an audience with him, we can only accommodate groups. He's not particularly accustomed to our regular interview session, which is somewhere between playing guru and psychiatrist. I don't think His Holiness has any ideas of psychiatry, or playing guru for that matter. I feel that His Holiness' visit here is going to be the most relaxed situation of all. He can relax and be in the country. At the same time, the whole thing is very glamorous around here, the landscape and accommodations and everything are going to be super-duper.

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