Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa

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Orderly Chaos

Mandala is a way of looking at situations in terms of relativity: if that exists, this exists; if this exists, that exists. Things exist interdependently, and that interdependent existence of things happens in the fashion of orderly chaos. We have domestic orderly chaos, and we have the emotional orderly chaos of a love affair. We have spiritual orderly chaos, and even the attainment of enlightenment has an orderly chaos of its own. So mandala principle is a question of relating with different types of orderly chaos.

From “The Razor’s Edge,” in Orderly Chaos: The Mandala Principle, pages 15 to 16.

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