Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Some years ago I read a piece by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in which he described the spiritual warrior as someone who is not afraid of space — not afraid to experience oneself, and one's world, fully. If we're afraid of who we are, we continually feel frantic about filling that space, anything to avoid that persistent unease beneath the surface of our lives. The fearlessness of the warrior comes from stepping again and again into open space, with body, breath, and heart exposed. It is the fearlessness that is willing to be intimate with fear.

— Aura Glaser, from "Into the Demon's Mouth"
Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
Spring 2012


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