Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa

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Lineage Is a Commitment to Humanity

Why does the Practicing Lineage that I come from exist? It is not just an accident or a matter of chance. Rather, the whole thing is somewhat planned or programmed, to the extent that there is an intelligent awareness or a vision at work as to how a practitioner’s lineage can exist and continue. As far as that vision is concerned, lineage is a prolonged sense of commitment to humanity and to working with the neurosis of humanity.

From The Mishap Lineage: Transforming Confusion into Wisdom, Chapter Two: “Kagyu Lineage/Mishap Lineage.

Visit the newly released Chogyam Trungpa Digital Library at https://library.chogyamtrungpa.com/ to hear, see and read verbatim transcripts of Trungpa Rinpoche’s lectures and other events at Naropa University.

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