Underlying basic sanity

The Buddhist approach is founded on the belief that basic sanity is operative in all states of mind. Confusion, from this point of view, is two-sided: it creates a need, a demand for sanity, which is the beginning point of Buddhism. That is what moved Buddha to meditate beneath the bodhi tree twenty-five hundred years ago—to confront his confusion and find its source. Basically, we are faced with a similar situation now. There is a tremendous amount of emotional anxiety. We are confused, anxious, and hungry psychologically. From the Buddhist viewpoint, the anxiety and the search for treatments are evidence of the nature of basic sanity operating within the confusion.

—Ocean of Dharma: The Everyday Wisdom of Chögyam Trungpa

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