Thursday, September 3, 2009


The cause of samsara, or ultimate confusion, is holding on to vague concepts. That is what is called fixation, or in Tibetan, dzinpa. When we do not have clear perception, we must hang on to vagueness and uncertainty.

In doing so, we begin to behave like a Ping-Pong ball, which does not possess any intelligence but only follows the directions of the paddle....Whatever we do, our actions are not perfectly right because, based on this neurotic game, we keep being Ping-Ponged.

Although it may appear that the Ping-Pong ball is commanding the players, although it seems amazing that such a little ball has so much power to direct the players’ actions and even draw spectators to watch it going back and forth -- actually, that is not true.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - via Ocean of Dharma