In his book The Myth of Freedom, Tibetan Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa provides some clear guidance on what frivolousness really is: ‘Frivolousness refers to the extra and unnecessary mental and physical acts with which we keep ourselves busy in order not to see what actually is happening in a situation.’ In other words, it involves our habit of indulging distractions that actually dislodge us from being deeply present with the moment. Trungpa differentiates frivolousness from spontaneity: ‘Spontaneity sees situations as they are. You see, there is a difference between spontaneity and frivolousness, a very thin line dividing them. Whenever there is an impulse to do something, […]



Tao is a Chinese word that means ‘road’ or ‘path’. But from around 1300 BCE in China, the word started taking on more spiritual meanings. Some of these spiritual texts have survived down to our time, e.g. the I Ching. The spiritual meanings of the word are ultimately indefinable. These include, ‘the way that leads us beyond ourselves.’ Or, ‘a path or discipline of self-transformation.’ Or, ‘the way of Heaven’. Which involves sensitivity to and awareness of a kind of sacred river with its origin in what does not exist (or ‘non-being’). Yet which flows through, and animates all that exists. And which is ultimately […]

The primordial mirror

In his book, Shambhala – the Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa uses the phrase ‘the primordial mirror’. He visualises it as: ‘The unconditioned, original ground of nowness, which exists and existed before history began, before thinking began’. He says we can be in contact with it … ‘through relaxing beyond our minds, letting go of the anxiety and concepts and depression that normally blind us’. Which he says, is a matter of ‘relaxing and resting continuously in nowness.’