By Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa
Transcript of talks given through Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche on the moment Vajradhatu Seminary, Snowmass Village 1974.
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Trenpa literally means recollection, but it also means wakefulness in some sense, that you are there and you are not particularly overwhelmed by anything, emotional or otherwise. The second one is sheshin. orld as a strange place and not knowing how to handle the world. So the big point is that a sense of knowing, or a sense of seeing always happens. If you are willing to acknowledge its existence, then there is the potentiality of being wakeful, being open, being precisely there, constantly. What we are discussing here is not so much being a sharp person, a smart person, or a very 30 careful person particularly, but rather being a person who can actually be, who very simply could be by himself.
But in this case it is possible, highly possible. Q: The way loneliness relates to trenpa is somewhat clear, because if we're feeling alone there isn't anything to distract us, so we don't have to go anywhere, which is some kind of one-pointedness. But sheshin seems to be some kind of cognitive function, some kind of knowing, and I'm not quite as clear about the relationship between loneliness and that. R: Loneliness doesn't mean ignorance, but it means being without any other help but your own resources.
R: Well you could develop joy from that. That's precisely what we were talking about. The songs of Milarepa demonstrate both joy and loneliness at the same time. Q: Like when you're out in the rain, and things are so bad that all of a sudden you totally give tip, and you're so wet you figure you may as well take your clothes off? R: Anything you would like to think of [laughter] . Q: Is there a point at which confidence is unquestioning, or a sense of faith becomes comfortable and taken for granted?
1974 Seminary Hinayana-Mahayana by Rinpoche Cogyam Trungpa