Are Freedom and Security Phantom Experiences?

The basics teachings of Buddha
are about understanding what we are, who we are, why we are. 

When we begin to realize what we are, who we are, why we are, 
then we begin to realize what we are not, who we are not,
 why we are not.

 We begin to realize that we don’t have basic, substantial, solid, fundamental ground that we can exert anymore.

 We begin to realize that our ideas of security and our concept of freedom have been purely phantom experiences

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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1 comment:

Vikram Madan said...

Hi MD,

Great to see you post after a long break!

Very interesting passage by a very interesting man.

I posted a very similar concept on my blog a while back, but that was rooted in ACIM.

I am particularly focusing on the last part of what he's saying - 'your concept of freedom...phantom experience'.

Not sure, but perhaps he is talking along the lines of Advaita Vedanta, that very bluntly states that there is no freewill in human life.

(This kind of a perspective need not be defeatist in my opinion.)

For example, the Advaita Vedantic scholar Ramesh Balsekar, a contemporary, controversial Advaita Vedantic scholar. He stresses on this all the time. Among other controversial concepts.