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Chogyam Trungpa on Trapping Monkey Mind [Aug. 22nd, 2013|11:33 am]
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[Still stuck mostly cutting and pasting because of an arm injury, but this seemed relevant to my circumstances, especially if I overextend the metaphor and think of self-entrapment as a two-way street.]

First, you develop a sense of accuracy in relating with your thoughts and your mind—with the neuroses of all kinds of things that develop in one’s mind.

Secondly, you put all that into a certain perspective, as workable.

You make a relationship with your thoughts; you work with the thoughts. This process can be represented by the analogy of trapping a crazy monkey. We have this big project of setting a trap and trapping this monkey. The monkey-mind is caught in the trap because of the constant practice of meditation, which provides a camouflage. Being completely still, it is complete entrapment.

The Teacup & the Skullcup: Chögyam Trungpa on Zen & Tantra, pages 84-85.