[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Freedom
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Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week
January 15, 2007
Giving birth to bodhicitta in one's heart, buddha in one's heart, brings
freedom. That is the notion of freedom in Buddhism, altogether...We are
talking about freedom from the constriction of our own capabilities. It is
as if we were extraordinary children, possessing all sorts of genius, and
we were being undermined by the society around us, which was dying to make
us normal people. Whenever we would show any mark of genius, our parents
would get embarrassed. They would try to put the lid on our pot, saying,
"Charles, don't say those things. Just be an ordinary person." That is what
actually happens to us, with or without our parents. I don't particularly
want to blame our parents; we have also been doing this to ourselves. When
we see something extraordinary, we are afraid to say so; we are afraid to
express ourselves or to relate to such situations. So we put lids on
ourselves -- on our potential, our capabilities. But in Buddhism we are
liberated from that kind of conventionality....Fundamentally speaking,
ladies and gentlemen, here is the really good news, if we may call it that:
We are intrinsically buddha and we are intrinsically good.
From "What Is the Heart of the Buddha?" in THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA, THE
COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Volume 3, page 311. (THE HEART OF THE
BUDDHA is also available in paperback.)
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