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October 1, 2007   |   Leave a reply

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[Chogyam Trungpa escaped from Tibet in 1959, having witnessed extensive destruction and death when the communist Chinese took over the country. He reflected on this in the diary that he kept in England from 1966 to 1978. With the recent events in Myanmar, I was reminded of this entry:]

ARMOR OF LOVING KINDNESS

The terrible cruelty of Mao Tse Tung I cannot pacify by simply holding on to anger and negative thoughts. Although the whole world can harm others by holding on to anger and negative thoughts, they cannot tame them. However, it is not that I do not have any means for pacifying his cruelty; I have a special means. What is this? It is to regard the activity of his negative karma with an unconditioned attitude of special compassion and loving kindness. Therefore, if one practices with the light of peace that the compassionate teacher has given to us, this is the special medicine that has not spread before. Therefore, there is not the slightest doubt that these cruel great men are conquered by the power of compassion.
Previously, when the Teacher, the Buddha, lived, many cannibal demons…who possessed innumerable miraculous powers, were tamed by the kindness of the great Teacher. If that is so, then I think that there is not the slightest doubt that I, a disciple of the Buddha, will follow this teaching and will conquer the warring of vicious barbarians with the strong and unyielding armor of loving kindness.

I am protected from the sword of anger by the armor of loving kindness.
I am protected from the sword of ego-clinging by the armor of loving kindness.
Though my vow of loving kindness is peaceful, it conquers anger.
The smile of loving kindness destroys the grimace of the demon anger.
Through silence and loving kindness,
The chariot of liberation is very dignified.
The steed of virtue is truly beautiful.
The regal vestments are rich and splendid.

Draft translation of an entry from January 1, 1976 in CHOGYAM’S DIARY, the Tibetan diary that Chogyam Trungpa kept in England from 1966 to 1968.The Nalanda Translation Committee is working on the translation for future publication.

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