1975 Seminary Transcripts of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Hinayana Mahayana

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By Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Hinayana Mahayana

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So those four marks are impermanence, suffering, egolessness, and nirvana. We do not have an English word for nirvana and we better not try too hard to come up with one. The definition of impermanence is that things which exist in our life or in our experience are impermanent because they are put together, that is they are composite. Take this carpet under your seat. Once it was put together out of different colors, green and beige and red all put together-which makes up this rug. Since it was put together already, it is subject to decay sooner or later.

Suzuki Roshi wasn't particularly a hinayana person, a hinayana chap [laughter]. He would stick his neck out much more than that. Q: Then there isn't really a strong difference between the mahayana vehicle and the tantric vehicle? R: I would say that tantra survives on the road built by the mahayanists. I forgot to discuss that point. The previous yanists built the road. As they carry on their journey, they are preparing the road for the next guys as well. And the next yanas began to build much more sophisticated chariots in order to travel on that particular road.

And there is a curious sort of utter sense of lack of self-esteem. It almost seems as if buddhism is more hopeful than that kind of life. And yet there are people who really get off on that and help their neighbors and raise families. There are folk songs about it and blues and so on. Do you see what I mean? Theism does not undercut my buddhist beliefs. But the thing that makes my buddhist beliefs hard is this folk religion that creeps in there close, you see, and believes all these things. R: Well, we can go too far.

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