“There is no such thing as absolute nothingness. We think that there might be — that’s our deepest fear. As a practitioner, you run into nothingness, but there’s something more, there’s something deeper. And that deeper thing is the warmth of infinity, the warmth of eternity. The warmth arises as a fire, and that fire is the life force. All of us are expressions of the life force and all living things are expressions of the life force. That’s what we are. We are the fundamental nature that expresses itself in the fire of being — all the mountains, all the rivers, all the stars in space — everything is alive and everything is aware. Everything has its own being. Everything sees. Everything experiences. We live in a universe that is utterly alive and sacred, and the journey of Vajrayana is to gradually, over time, disabuse ourselves of all the wrong ideas we have about reality.”
This podcast is an excerpt from a talk given at the 2010 Winter Dathun — a month-long retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado. To download more of Reggie’s teachings and to explore a variety of recorded talks and practices to assist you on your spiritual journey, please visit our store.