Sunrise at La Source
“Hold the sadness and pain of samsara in your heart and at the same time the power and vision of the Great Eastern Sun. Then the warrior can make a proper cup of tea.”
La Source, our home in thr Ardéche in France, is so much a place of the Great Eastern Sun and these words of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche are often in my mind each morning as I greet the rising sun, giving thanks and making my vows for the day.
But what do they mean to you?
Why should you hold sadness and pain in your heart? (Don’t worry if you don’t understand the word “samsara” – most Buddhist teachers and scholars get it wrong anyway)
What is the Great Eastern Sun? Why Eastern? What is its power and vision?
Why “the warrior”? What does it mean to be a warrior?
And… Why, why why is the warrior going to use all that sadness, pain, power and vision just to make cup of tea?
I am not inviting you to speculate or philosophize. I am inviting you to explore how Trungpa’s words and my questions touch you personally.
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