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Student: I'd like to ask a question about loneliness and love. In my experience, the kind of love where two people try to be together in order to protect themselves from loneliness hasn't worked out too well. When you come in contact with the loneliness, it seems to destroy a lot of things you try to pull off in trying to build up security. But can there be love between two people while they continue to try to work with the loneliness?

Trungpa Rinpoche: That's an interesting question. I don't think anybody can fall in love unless they feel lonely. People can't fall in love unless they know they are lonely and are separate individuals. If by some strange misunderstanding, you think you are the other person already, then there's no one for you to fall in love with. It doesn't work that way. The whole idea of union is that of two being together. One and one together make union. If there's just one, you can't call that union. Zero is not union, one is not union, but two is union. So I think in love it is the desolateness that inspires the warmth. The more you feel a sense of desolation, the more warmth you feel at the same time. You can't feel the warmth of a house unless it's cold outside. The colder it is outside, the cozier it is at home.

(from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's The Path is the Goal - "Loneliness")

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from Touch: Isolation, released June 11, 2020
Mastered by Denis Blackham, 10th April 2020.
Photography and design by Jon Wozencroft.

further listening: genevaskeen.bandcamp.com

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“Auditory space has no favoured focus. It’s a sphere without fixed boundaries, space made by the thing itself… It is not a pictorial space, boxed-in, but dynamic, always in flux, creating its own dimensions moment by moment”. Edmund Carpenter

From R. Murray Schafer's book "The Soundscape, Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World" (Destiny Books, 1977)
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