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Leading a Good Life, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This short, lucid piece appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of Buddhadharma. As is often the case with Chögyam's writing, I found it very clear, easy to understand, and enlightening.
The practice of meditation is not so much about a hypothetical attainment of enlightenment as about leading a good life. In order to learn how to lead a good life, a spotless life, we need continual awareness that relates with life constantly, directly, and very simply.

The attitude that brings about mindfulness and awareness is not an opinionated one. Mindfulness is simply about a sense of being; you are in contact, you are actually being there. When you sit on the meditation cushion, you feel you are sitting there and that you actually exist. You don't need to encourage or sustain your sense of being.

We might actually question what is the purpose of meditation, what happens next, but actually the idea of meditation is to develop an entirely different way of dealing with things, where you have no purpose at all. One is not constantly on the way to somewhere, or rather one is on the way and at the destination at the same time.

Meditation is not a quick cure or cover-up for the complicated or embarrassing aspects of ourselves. It is a way of life. It is extremely important to persist in our practice without second-guessing ourselves through disappointments, elations, or whatever. We might actually begin to see the world we carry with us in a more open, refreshing way. Meditation is very much a matter of exercise, a working practice. It is not a matter of going into some imaginary depth, but of widening and expanding outward.

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jaipur December 5th, 2009
"one is on the way and at the destination at the same time"--Amen.
Thanks for sharing that. I always feel more real after dipping into that mindset for a moment...

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