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Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

By Chögyam Trungpa

One of the most basic themes that runs through almost all of our “lineage holders,” describes a refusal to fall into sectarianism, status quo views, cultural and conventional opinions; but rather, a courage and willingness to follow the truth of aware experience to wherever it might lead. This approach to life is what Chögyam Trungpa describes in this life-changing book. Based on another common theme—basic goodness—it promotes a way of living and changing the world, not through aggression or any kind of attempt to imitate a concept but instead through self-knowledge, openness, authenticity, bravery, and gentleness.

Quotes from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

“[The Shambhala teachings are] a manual for people who have lost the principles of sacredness, dignity, and warriorship in their lives.”


Themes: Shambhala

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“A warrior doesn’t need color television or video games… doesn’t need to read comic books… the world of entertainment doesn’t arise.”

Chapters: 60. Less is More

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“Because of the extraordinary vastness of perception, you have possibilities of communicating with the depth of the world—the world of sight, the world of sound—the greater world.”


Themes: Inspiration

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“He feels the joy and sorrow of love in everything he does. He feels hot and cold, sweet and sour, simultaneously. Whether things go well or things go badly, whether there is success or failure, he feels sad and delighted at once.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

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“If we try to solve society’s problems without overcoming the confusion and aggression in our own state of mind, then our efforts will only contribute to the basic problems.”

Chapters: 21. Following Empty Heart

Themes: Paradox

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“If you do not start at home, you have no hope of helping the world… the first step is learning to rule your household, your immediate world…. If you do so, then the next step will come naturally. If you don't, then your contribution to this world will only be further chaos.”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

Themes: Family

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“If you want to solve the world’s problems, you have to put your own household, your own individual life, in order first… the first step in learning how to rule is learning to rule your household, your immediate world.”

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

Themes: Problems Family

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“inscrutability is based on fearlessness. This is unlike the conventional concept of inscrutability, which is deviousness or a blank wall… From this fearlessness, you develop gentleness and sympathy, which allow you to be noncommittal, but with a sense of humor.”

Chapters: 15. Inscrutability

Themes: Inscrutable Fear

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“Look into every situation and examine it, so that you won’t be fooling yourself by relying on belief alone. Instead, you want to make a personal discovery of reality through your own intelligence and ability.”

Chapters: 71. Sick of Sickness

Themes: Belief

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“The key to warriorship and the first principle of Shambhala vision is not being afraid of who you are… If we are willing to take an unbiased look, we will find that, in spite of all our problems and confusion, all our emotional and psychological ups and downs, there is something basically good about our existence.”

Chapters: 51. Mysterious Goodness

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“The result of letting go is that you discover a bank of self-existing energy that is always available to you – beyond any circumstance. It actually comes from nowhere, but is always there. It is the energy of basic goodness.”

Chapters: 62. Basic Goodness

Themes: Basic Goodness

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“the warrior’s journey is based on resting in the state of warriorship rather than struggling to take the next step.. which is not based on ego-centered concerns but on resting in unconditional confidence, free from aggression.”

Chapters: 46. Enough

Themes: Warriors

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“Whatever you may be doing, every minute of every hour is a new chapter, a new page.”

Chapters: 55. Forever Young

Themes: Impermanence

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“When we draw down the power and depth of vastness into a single perception, then we are discovering and invoking magic.”

Chapters: 4. The Father of All Things

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“when we say that human beings are basically good, we mean that they have every faculty they need, so that they don’t have to fight with their world.”

Chapters: 10. The Power of Goodness

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“When we see things as they are, they make sense to us: the way leaves move when they are blown by the wind, the way rocks get wet when there are snowflakes sitting on them. We see how things display their harmony and their chaos at the same time. So we are never limited by beauty alone, but we appreciate all sides of reality properly.”

Chapters: 76. The Soft and Flexible

Themes: Beauty

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“When you meet a person with authentic presence, you find he has an overwhelming genuineness, which might be somewhat frightening because it is so true and honest and real. You experience a sense of command radiating from the person of inner authentic presence. Although that person might be a garbage collector or a taxi driver, still he or she has an uplifted quality, which magnetizes you and commands your attention. This is not just charisma.”


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“you don’t spell out the truth, you imply the truth with wakeful delight… When you spell out the truth it loses its essence and becomes either ‘my’ truth or ‘your’ truth… By implying the truth, the truth doesn’t become anyone’s property.”

Chapters: 70. Inscrutable

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