Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

A Gigantic State of Blah

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There is a kind of nondual state of confusion that goes on throughout all life. Experience comes out of that and dissipates back into it. Energies arise and emotions appear. It all takes place within this one all-pervasive state of confused being. It is very important for us to realize this background as the basic ground of everything and to understand how it arises or does not arise. It seems to be a big, gigantic state of BLAH. People have misunderstood this as a mystical experience. Unless you have some glimpse of this level of basic ignorance, you cannot have a glimpse of the rest. From this point of view, maybe finding the worst aspect of oneself is the first glimpse of the possibility of being better.

From “The Basic Ground” in Orderly Chaos: The Mandala Principle by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 96–97

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