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Lions Roar : November 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2009 48 IntroductIon by Pema chödrön For me, contemPlatIng the teachings of chögyam trungpa is like dipping into a well from which endless wisdom can be drawn. I have been going back to this source for more than thirty years now, and I always find that it contains something to inspire me, to challenge me, and to help me on my path. more than ever, with the great problems that our society and each of us are facing, trungpa rinpoche’s teachings are there to help us. how is it that the words of someone who passed away more than two decades ago can feel so amazingly fresh, up to date, and applicable to what we are facing at this time? It’s not so strange, really, because rinpoche was always addressing what’s happening in this very moment, and that kind of direct, spontaneous teaching never goes out of fashion. as well, he seemed to know what problems we would face in this millennium. there is so much speed, anxiety, and fearfulness in us and all around us, and this is exactly what he speaks to. We can try to hide, but deep down we know that the only real choice is to embrace and befriend the uncertainty of these times. We really need to do this now—we don’t have any time to lose. chögyam trungpa’s way of waking us up is provocative, heartfelt, and delightful. I have de- cided to use Smile at Fear, the book from which this teaching is taken, as the basis for some of the programs that I’m teaching in the next year, because I feel that working with fear in the way Facing Yourself You are a warrior when you have the bravery to face who you are, without fear, embarrassment, or denial. This warriorship is the basis of the spiritual path, says chögyam trungPa. Through the practice of sitting meditation, the warrior discovers basic goodness.