The Gift of Panic
A Thought from Chogyam Trungpa . . .
The student of tantra should be in a constant state of panic. That panic is electric and should be regarded as worthwhile. Panic serves two purposes: it overcomes our sense of smugness and self-satisfaction, and it sharpens our clarity enormously. It has been said by Padma Karpo, and other great tantric teachers, that studying tantra is like riding on a razor blade . . . Sudden panic creates an enormous sense of fresh air, and that quality of openness is exactly what tantra should create. If we are good tantra students, we open ourselves each moment. We panic a thousand times a day, 108 times an hour.
A Note from Katherine . . .
This reminds me of our dear Professor. He continuously asked us to abandon our usual points of reference. As we practiced, we experienced the understanding that we are carrying many useless burdens. He asked us to face our confusion and garner the wisdom it contains.
It is my great pleasure to continue to offer the teachings of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism in its Fourth Stage. May we stand together in our moments of panic – full of grace and remembering the gifts given to us by H. H. Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun.