I assure you that I was not implying that I was a Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is just a word, it doesnt mean much in todays western society anyway. Only that there are methods that are quite simple and effective, to improve our awareness and expand our consciousness. There is always the risk of becoming (or appearing like) a "spiritual snob" or "spiritual materialist", especially when there is big money at stake through the writing of books. But, once again, I suppose the proof will be in the pudding. I do find it interesting though, that the same man (Chogyam Trungpa) wrote a book titled, "Training The Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness" would write another book against any efforts at mental discipline.
Surely you must agree, that EFFORT is required. If so where do we start? peace patrick
sorry, that was sloppy posting on my part...I was just thinking aloud, going off on a tangent, and didn't imply any sort of criticism
from my time with Chogyam's Shambala dudes I recall a thread of humility that ran through the practise and teachings...thoughts like
"so you have spent a few hundred hours sitting on a cushion refining how to do nothing...big whoop!"
"you would not be here subjecting yourself to this stuff unless you were screwed up"
which was startling to hear at the time, especially after coming out of the spiritual snobbery that was attached to the Christians I had been hanging with
I guess I keep trying to bring it down to where the rubber meets the road, which is the next significant fork in the road...like today I am selling a car....lots of little but significant decisions to make in that process
maybe I worry that words like "light of the world" and bodhisattva, overglamorize the process, however accurate these points may be
Chogyam was an interesting case study. Old school Tibetan Lama who escaped from the communists over the mountains and eventually started teaching in the US the 70s (if I am remembering the story accurately)...cigarette in one hand, martini in the other, girlfriend in the back of the room, sports car parked outside. They were centered in Boulder before moving HQ to Halifax. Spiritual materialism is anything but being against doing spiritual work...I guess what he was getting at though is that spiritual activity and ambition gets corrupted by ego, like anything else.
"Enlightenment is ego's ultimate disappointment."
— Chögyam Trungpa
My current interpretation is that all that matters is your next intent, and that the mental state to strive for is "I am anything but a big deal" in the scheme of things, which points to the irony of the Bodhisattva vow, renouncing your own enlightenment, until everyone else is done first
...."after you Alphonse".
I am just chattering here...not trying to poke you or anything