Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa

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During this difficult time, the Chogyam Trungpa Institute at Naropa University is offering the CTR Quote of the Week. Beginning April 12, 2020, we are offering a weekly teaching by Chogyam Trungpa.

Elegance Is Not Arrogance

When we talk about elegance, we are not talking in terms of arrogance. When we talk about fearlessness, we are not talking about heavy-handedness. Genuineness is different from trying to convince ourselves that something is there when it doesn’t exist. Gentleness doesn’t mean being polite and putting on the false mask of a bodhisattva, a person dedicated to helping others.

 

From “Discovering Windhorse,” in Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery, page 101.

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