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Lions Roar : September 2015
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2015 58 3 22. Seeing the footprints. Here we embark in ear- nest on the path. We discover the tools of dharma exploration, the teachings of the ancestors. When we first encounter meditation, though we may not understand it, there is a glimmer of rightness, a dimly perceived potential of coming home. Push- ing aside weeds and grasses, we wonder how we might express our Original Face. Chögyam Trungpa’s Comment: By understanding the origin you find the possibility of transcending this pain. This is the perception of the four noble truths. You see that the pain results from the conflicts created by ego and discover the footprints of the ox, which are the heavy marks of ego in all play of events. You are inspired by un- mistakable and logical conclusions rather than by blind faith. 3. Glimpsing. Here we see for ourselves that the buddhas and ancestors and our own teachers have not been de- ceiving us. We glimpse the Great Matter through a small opening, a small intimation. Perhaps this comes with fireworks and, in our delusion, we think we’ve seen the whole ox, though all we’ve seen is the head. But that tiny tail!—what a wonderful thing it is. Chögyam Trungpa’s Comment: You are startled at perceiving the ox and then, because there is no longer any mystery, you wonder if it is really there; you perceive its insubstantial quality. You lose the notion of subjective criteria. When you begin to accept this perception of non-duality, you relax, because you no longer have to defend the existence of your ego. Then you can afford to be open and generous. You begin to see another way of dealing with your projects and that is joy in itself, the first spiritual level of the attainment of the bodhisattva.