Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

The Eagle Loses its Boots

Book coverCoemergent wisdom is like an eagle that has been kept in a cage and then freed. Human beings have been trying to put a hat, a coat, and boots on the eagle. They have been trying to make the eagle into an anthropomorphic symbol. But finally, they let the eagle go. As the eagle flies, it drops its hat and its coat and its boots down below. As the eagle flies, it is so naked, free from all those hats, boots and coats that were imposed on it.

From “Fruition Mahamudra” in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Three: The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness by Chögyam Trungpa, page 615

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