Shambhala Chogyam Trungpa Subtitled 'The Sacred Path of the Warrior', this book is a guide to enlightened living, written by the founder of the Naropa Institute. 'Warrior', in this context, doesn't mean a military fighter, but rather one who has found his own innate bravery to face life honestly and openly, with love and compassion for all that exists.
"You are living in a rich world, one that never runs out of messages."
"It is necessary to appreciate that, for many thousands of years, human beings have been collecting wisdom….We should not ignore the contributions of the past."
"Every aspect of life has the potential of being upgraded…there is the potential for sacredness in every situation…Begin to view the universe as a sacred world. The sacred world is that which exists spontaneously, naturally in the phenomenal world."
"The world around us is very sacred, so we have to constantly serve our world."
"A bank of self-existing energy is always available to you – beyond any circumstance. It actually comes from nowhere, but is always there. It is the energy of basic goodness."
"This experience of nowness can join together the vastness of primordial wisdom with both the wisdom of past traditions and the realities of contemporary life. So in that way, you begin to see how the world of sacredness can be created altogether."
"Understand that your life, as it is, contains the means to unconditionally cheer you up and cure you of depression and doubt."
"Every human being has a basic nature of goodness, which is undiluted and unconfused. That goodness contains tremendous gentleness and appreciation."
"In order to establish an enlightened society for others, we need to discover what inherently we have to offer the world. So, to begin with, we should make an effort to examine our own experience, in order to see what it contains that is of value in helping ourselves and others to uplift their existence."
"There is basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world's problems."
"We need to find the link between our traditions and our present experience of life. Nowness, or the magic of the present moment, is what joins the wisdom of the past with the present."
"If you actually look, if you take your whole being apart and examine it, you find that you are genuine and good as you are."
"You can learn to experience the sacredness, the nowness, of reality. That is the basis for creating an enlightened society."
"Something living, something real, is taking place in everything."
"The goodness in everyone's heart CAN be realized without doubt."
"There is no fundamental separation or duality between you and your world."
"The human potential for intelligence and dignity is attuned to experiencing the brilliance of the bright blue sky, the freshness of green fields, and the beauty of the trees and mountains. We have an actual connection to reality that can wake us up and make us feel basically, fundamentally good."
"Fearlessness means being able to respond accurately to the phenomenal world altogether."
"Arrogance comes from hanging on to the reference point of me and other."
"As human beings, we are basically awake and we CAN understand reality. We are not enslaved by our lives; we are free."
"The failure to appreciate the resourcefulness of human existence – which we call basic goodness – has become one of the world's biggest problems."
"Absence of doubt is trusting in the heart, trusting yourself. Being without doubt means that you have connected with yourself."
"Sacredness goes back and back through history to prehistory to before history, before thought, before mind had ever thought of anything at all. So experiencing the greatness of the sacred world is recognizing the existence of that vast and primordial wisdom, which is reflected throughout phenomena. This wisdom is old and young at the same time, and it is never tarnished or diminished by the relative problems in the world."
"The magical strength and wisdom of reality are always there. That wisdom abides in the cosmic mirror. By relaxing the mind, you can reconnect with that primoridal, original ground, which is completely pure and simple."
"That mind of fearfulness should be put in the cradle of loving-kindness."