1973 Seminary: Hinayana-Mahayana by Chogyam Trungpa

By Chogyam Trungpa

This can be the transcript of talks given by means of Rinpoche on the first Seminary, a twelve-week education interval of extensive learn and meditation held at Jackson gap, Wyoming.

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One was alaya; then there were six types of sense perceptions; then there is one other one. " It is what is called -- or what I have decided to call subconscious mind. In the traditional way of counting them, it is put the opposite way around. First you have the six types of consciousness; the seventh is the subconscious, and the eighth is the unconscious, alaya, which in Tibetan is kun-zhi. 25 0: Would you explain more the difference between the subconscious and the unconscious? R: The only difference there seems to be is that yid, or the subconscious mind, has a tendency of-- sort of a sense of active involvement.

And when you begin to feel that you ought to be doing something, then you are automatically presenting millions of obstacles to yourself. So if you actually feel you are what you are, and this is not particularly a project as such, but just a way of being, then there is also fundamentally a feeling that sitting there and working on the breathing is valid and approved and it is okay and it's done. It is normal practice. It's nothing extraordinary, particularly. Sitting there and breathing is a very valid thing to do.

Well- being of speech is like a string instrument dis engaged from the strings, so that the string instrument doesn't have any desire to communicate with the musician any more. And well-being of mind is referred to as a lake, a great lake without interruptions, with no waves, no wind; just simply being, majestically. No ripples, no waves. Those three types of well-being are referred to in the scriptures as chok jak. Chok has this feeling of perkiness, sort of a sense of cheerfulness. And often chok is also a synonym for a ladle, in the soup.

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