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Spreading the Dharma


When you get into Buddhism completely, you have the capability of spreading the teachings. Spreading the dharma is such a big undertaking that you can’t make it your show, your private project. You can’t have a large- scale personal desire anymore. You are basically intimidated by how huge the project is. You could try to use guns and bullets to spread the dharma, as a Hitler or a Mussolini might do, but that is quite contradictory in spreading Buddhism. You also can’t use too many pamphlets, and you can’t spread the dharma in the style of Billy Graham, either. Spreading the dharma is not a situation of emotionally invoking the teachings. Buddhism is very dull. You have to be willing to come across all kinds of obstacles. If you are willing to take such chances, quite possibly, you’re willing to be fearless at the same time.

Allen Ginsberg: Does meditation tend naturally to cut through ambition?
Chogyam Trungpa: I think so, unless you are in some kind of an endurance contest. That happens in some American  traditions. But I think fundamentally meditation should and could and would cut through your spiritual ambition.

From questions and answers in Chapter One of The Mishap Lineage: Transforming Confusion into Wisdom

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