plwk wrote:The Late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
My advice to you is not to undertake the spiritual path.
It is too difficult, too long, and is too demanding.
I suggest you ask for your money back, and go home.
This is not a picnic.
It is really going to ask everything of you.
So, it is best not to begin.
However, if you do begin, it is best to finish.
Ah, the great Trungpa Rinpoche! I haven't read nearly enough of his writings. Thanks for sharing this quote.
I can relate to what he's saying. Pursuing a spiritual path seriously requires a lot of time. This means that when people ask you, "What did you do this weekend?" or "What did you do during your vacation?" you often have to reply that you were at some Buddhist event. This often makes people stunned into silence and start to avoid you, so it can be hard to try to balance a western social life with serious spiritual practice.
If you go to Buddhist events less often or practice less, then you will feel depressed and guilty because you feel you aren't doing enough. So practicing Buddhism in the west can often lead to the oscillation between these two types of sadness.
Eh, sometime I'd like to do a long retreat to completely get away from these conflicts.
I never "wanted my money back" in the sense Trungpa means. Continuing to study Buddhism often fills me with joy and wonder. However, I think that some of my relatives wouldn't mind exchanging me for some money! They place no value in spiritual things and only value material things.
Materialistic people often don't mix well with spiritual people.