Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Making Use of Our Discursive Thoughts

Book coverDiscursive thoughts, argumentative thoughts, self-denial thoughts—all sorts of thoughts begin to come up…You could make use of these thoughts instead of pretending to be good and trying to suppress thoughts, as though you don’t require them anymore or they don’t require you anymore. It is good to make use of speculative mind. That is exactly why the idea of studying scriptures and going through disciplines or practices is extremely important. It is a way of using these living materials that we have. Whether we try to quiet ourselves or not, these things come up constantly and do happen. Therefore, making use of such thought processes as a way of learning is extremely necessary and good and helpful.

From “Bardo” in Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 6–7

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