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to thine own self be true



In any situation there are two witnesses: other people’s view of you and your own view of yourself. Of those, the principal witness is your own insight. You should not just go along with other people’s opinion of you. The practice of this slogan is always to be true to yourself. This slogan says that of the two witnesses, hold the principal one as the actual, authentic one. That authentic witness is you.

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness
by Chögyam Trungpa,


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This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare  (1564 – 1616)


postmeditation – Chogyam Trungpa

just joey and buddha

just joey and buddha

Postmeditation as well as sitting meditation is symbolized by the syllable AH. AH represents openness and humor—it represents dharma, the truth of the teaching. When we become aware of something, we say AH! People tend to think of meditation practice as a way of calming down and soothing yourself. But in Buddhism there is a sense of AH! You are not trying to calm yourself down—you are trying to be awake as opposed to asleep.

—“Leading a Spotless Life” in The Path of Individual Liberation, Volume One of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, by Chögyam Trungpa



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