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On Being a WarriorMarch 25, 2004
Published under: Spirituality
What is a Warrior?
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From Talk One of “Warriorship in the Three Yanas,” an unpublished seminar given by Chogyam Trungpa at the Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, August 22, 1978.
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