By Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa
Transcript of talks given via Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche on the moment Vajradhatu Seminary, Snowmass Village 1974.
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Having a tick on your neck. You. have to pull it out in order to save the life of the tick; if the tick got too fat it would die on your body. Our state of mind is always like that, like a tick who doesn't have an outlet and always bottles things up. If we experience constantly and don't let go, we are going to be gigantic and enormous. If we bottle up everything in ourselves, we can't even move, we can't pll'ty with the situation of life any more because we're so fat. " Q: You seem to be saying both don't repress things and bottle them up and try to escape them by coming back to your breath.
Is there any possibility of being specific on that? R: I think it's a question of whether you have a sense of the mind and body working together with the breath. Any extra things which come up are simply concepts. That is how one has to regard the rest of the things which come up during sitting, except for the breath itself, the body itself, and awareness of the body and breath. Apart from tho~e, anything which comes up has to be somewhat excluded as just extra paraphernalia. Q: In talking about the second aggregate, you spoke of the potential of awareness being there.
It is connected with the actual teaching of Buddha. Buddha once said that if there is no proper discipline, there is no teaching. Therefore discipline is the teacher as well as the teaching. Or rather, discipline is the Buddha as well as the followers of the Buddha. " This seems to be the heart of the hinayana practice of discipline whether your hinayana school is the Sarvastivadins, the Theravadins, or whatever. The taming of the mind is the definition of dharma. There's no other dharma than the taming of one's mind.
1974 Seminary Hinayana-Mahayana by Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa