[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Political Consciousness
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Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week
October 7, 2004
[Editor's note: Chogyam Trungpa composed a short treatise on politics in
Tibetan during a month-long retreat in 1972. This is an excerpt from that
"Political consciousness" has a profound and firm meaning. Furthermore, it
is wrong to think that "politics" means to be inspired by an attitude of
self-deception and to think that one's shortcomings are not seen by others.
Not only that, it is also wrong to consider politics as just the cunning
mind that is able to skillfully protect one's own interests and defeat
those of others....
As for the political attitude, it is the uncorrupted awareness
that takes pride in the dignity of human beings. Such an uncorrupted
awareness has no need for the support of signs and conventions. Because it
exists relaxedly in human beings, a pure, stable, unchanging trust can arise.
Furthermore, it is not a mind of arrogance or pride. The view that
is pushed by ambition arises from being tormented by poverty, hunger, and
thirst. The actions of a competitive mind, that praises for the sake of
personal gain and is envious of others, are far distant from the dignity of
human beings. Such is the approach of wolves and crows.
From "Political Consciousness," in THE COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM
TRUNGPA, Volume Eight, page 419. Translated from the Tibetan by the Nalanda
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