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Nov 23
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Life is a Ceremony

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Contemplating the power and meaning of our everyday rituals

by Susan Firer

“Life is a ceremony” says Chogyam Trungpa.  Sakyong Mipham discusses this in the eighth chapter of his book “The Shambhala Principle.” According to the Sakyong:

“Through our view, contemplation, and activity, every day we are transforming commonly held internal principles into an external social reality.  The power of ceremony is that through the rituals of our day, we understand who we are.  In details such as what food we eat or how we use our time, we are creating self-identity and establishing value systems. … However, the root principles of any particular social ceremony may not necessarily be conscious, or even understood, by the members of society.  Therefore it is important to examine the underlying assumptions that guide our social ceremonies-and to explore whether these principles are natural, genuine, and good.  What are our ceremonies celebrating? We may discover that the status quo that we believe to be reality was in fact created by somebody else’s game plan.”

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