Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Trapping Monkey Mind

Book coverFirst, you develop a sense of accuracy in relating with your thoughts and your mind—with the neuroses of all kinds of things that develop in one’s mind. Secondly, you put all that into a certain perspective, as workable. You make a relationship with your thoughts; you work with the thoughts. This process can be represented by the analogy of trapping a crazy monkey. We have this big project of setting a trap and trapping this monkey. The monkey-mind is caught in the trap because of the constant practice of meditation, which provides a camouflage. Being completely still, it is complete entrapment.

From The Teacup & the Skullcup: Chögyam Trungpa on Zen & Tantra, pages 84-85. Available from Shambhala Media.

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