Speed and speediness and speedy are used casually as a way of describing one's mind as discursive and more unusually as a way of talking about the laziness obstacle to shamatha meditation. In the latter usage, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche described speed as a particularly western form of laziness. He discussed this both in terms of an obstacle to practicing — that we're so busy we have no time to meditate — and also in how we relate to the basic space of being off the cushion. The discomfort of experiencing space inspires speed, which is a way of covering up the basic space of being. Therefore, speed relates to a lack of appreciation for the basic space, our situation, and our sense of being.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
- page 61
- (in Q&A about karma and the nidanas) in discussing suffering, a students asks if a basic tension we experience is almost a "basic speed". Rinpoche thought so and that it relates to the second nidana and a sense of inadequacy, that we want to have someone to fight with and create something more interesting than just being by oneself and nakedly exposed.
- page 22
- in a discussion on the six obstacles to shamatha practice, the first obstacle is laziness, which in the western tradition is speed: thinking that one needs to run around and do a hundred things at once and that one will achieve a lot that way. This is from a lack of appreciation for one's being and for one's existence. And then sitting down to practice feels too heavy and a burden, and not something we want to relate with. So exertion becomes heavy, instead of being a sense of appreciate or enthusiasm, or a sense of joy in just sitting simply. Best to not make a competition out of it or a struggle or endurance test, therefore.
- page 26
- poisonous aspect of activity comes from our speed, aggression, desire and wantingness. this is in a Q&A discussing formal eating in the shrine room during programs.
- page 30
- in discussing the obstacles again, whenever we feel tremendous speed that can be a reminder to wake up; we can develop an early warning alarm system.
- page 36
- in explaining yama mara, Rinpoche describes a connection to speed and wanting the constant death of the current moment and arrival of the next situation.
- page 112
- in a chapter on exertion, Rinpoche contrasts exertion with speediness: that it is not geared toward speediness and overcoming laziness is not becoming speedy in an "American sense" but rather it means a consistent, continuous and being faithful to the practice which allows you to have a sense of joy instead of duty. He also talks about having it in your blood and your being.