On Being a Warrior

Published under: Spirituality


What is a Warrior?

Chogram Trungpa Rinpoche

Chogram Trungpa Rinpoche

Any­one who is inter­ested in hear­ing the dharma (teach­ings), any­one who is inter­ested in find­ing out about one­self, and any­one who is inter­ested in prac­tic­ing med­i­ta­tion is basi­cally a warrior.

The approach of cow­ardice is look­ing for some tremen­dous exter­nal help, whether it comes from the sky or from the earth. You are afraid of actu­ally see­ing your­self; there­fore you use spir­i­tu­al­ity or reli­gion as a seem­ing way of see­ing your­self with­out look­ing directly at your­self at all.

Basi­cally, when peo­ple are embar­rassed about them­selves, there’s no fear­less­ness involved. There­fore, any­body who is inter­est­ing in look­ing at one­self, find­ing out about one­self, and prac­tic­ing on the spot could be regarded as a warrior.

A Warrior’s Philosophy

The start­ing point is acknowl­edg­ing that some kind of good­ness exists in us.

It is nec­es­sary to take that arro­gant atti­tude, pos­i­tively speak­ing. There is some feel­ing of uplift­ed­ness. We are wor­thy peo­ple, and we have some­thing going for us.

We are not all that totally wretched. Of course, we do have the wretched aspect that we have to face and look at. That is absolutely nec­es­sary in order to real­ize the other part. But they don’t actu­ally inter­act as counterparts.

It’s sim­ply that you go through your clouds, and then you see your sun. That is the basic approach, the basic idea we should take towards the wor­thi­ness of our existence.That, by the way, is the warrior’s phi­los­o­phy of look­ing at ourselves.

From a sem­i­nar on “War­rior­ship” by Bud­dhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa.

From Talk One of “War­rior­ship in the Three Yanas,” an unpub­lished sem­i­nar given by Chogyam Trungpa at the Rocky Moun­tain Dharma Cen­ter, August 22, 1978.

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