Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

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Presents the code of the warrior as a way for modern men and women to meet the challenges of life with fearlessness and dignity.

The classic guide to enlightened living, in which Chogyam Trungpa presents the principles and practices of the warrior's path for Western readers, is now available in an unabridged, miniature edition. With this book, the warrior's path is opened to modern men and women in search of practical wisdom.

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Overview

Presents the code of the warrior as a way for modern men and women to meet the challenges of life with fearlessness and dignity.

The classic guide to enlightened living, in which Chogyam Trungpa presents the principles and practices of the warrior's path for Western readers, is now available in an unabridged, miniature edition. With this book, the warrior's path is opened to modern men and women in search of practical wisdom.

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"Trungpa's warrior is a most appealing figure, embodying qualities that every spiritual tradition would hold dear. The principal discipline recommended here—being genuine moment after moment—allows one to discover the magic inherent in phenomena, where the synchronization of body and mind becomes an attunement to the natural order."—Yoga Journal

"Trungpa's clear-headed vision shows us that celebrating life is based on appreciating ourselves. This book is a masterpiece of clarity and insight."—East West Journal

"Shambhala provides a clear depiction of the results and, thus, the reasons for meditation practice as a source of strength for daily living and spiritual growth."—Body, Mind & Spirit

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590307021
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Shambhala Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 675,165
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.

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Foreword by Sakyong Mipham

My father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was in the last generation to receive the full spiritual wisdom and culture of Tibetan Buddhism. His teachers, some of the time’s most renowned, poured into him their spiritual wealth. Even among his peers, he was regarded as exceptionally gifted. When he was escaping from the great Tibetan plateau into the plains of India, he stood at the top of the Himalayas, reflecting deeply on the purpose of his own spiritual tradition and the human condition. Amidst the tumult, what arose in his mind was the vision of Shambhala, a society rooted in humanity’s basic goodness. Later, at Oxford University and then in North America, he taught not only the rich tradition of Buddhism but also what was dearest to his heart: a vision for enlightened society.

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior was my father’s first public attempt to explain this approach to personal and social well-being, a journey of understanding and realization he called “warriorship.” This path revolves around two key themes. First, humans are innately awake and dignified, “basically good.” And second, society, as an expression of human nature, is also basically good. Thus, becoming a Shambhala warrior has nothing to do with making war or acting aggressively. Rather, it is the discovery of the seed of bravery within us all.

The geopolitical make-up of the world has changed significantly since this book was first published thirty years ago. However, its teachings and message are more vital now than ever before, for humanity is at a crossroads. Either intuitively or explicitly, we are all wondering what kind of world we have created, and what its future might be. As we look at the news, there is a palpable feeling of uncertainty about our goodness and dignity. Why, with such a broad base of spiritual and worldly knowledge, did my father choose to expound so intently on Shambhala? He had a deep intuition about the future plight of humanity. He believed that if we are brave enough to cultivate our own dignity, we will be able to engage in life with a sense of worthiness and heroism. These teachings are not simply the wisdom from his own particular tradition. They are an acknowledgment of the deep-rooted wisdom inherent within all cultures and traditions—the universal desire to live a good human life. In this way the message of Shambhala is presenting the truth of humanity itself.

When so many of us feel overwhelmed and frustrated, it is essential to understand that how we regard ourselves and our society can affect the outcome of the entire planet. This book encourages us to reconnect to how we feel and think, and to recognize that when we touch our own humanity, society reflects it.  A society that has awakened to its natural inborn strengths becomes illuminated with kindness. This is enlightened society.

Since its first publication, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior has affected many lives. A worldwide community has grown and is now flourishing. People have applied the principles of basic goodness and enlightened society to all aspects of daily life and in healthcare, environmental issues, the economy, politics, and education.

In my own life, these teachings have played a central role. From an early age I was trained in their disciplines, and now I am their lineage holder. Along the way, the messages of basic goodness and enlightened society have been themes of deep—and at times, challenging—contemplation for me. I discovered that the principles of Shambhala may seem simple at first, but that their profound depth and magnitude have seismic implications. Their wisdom is my father’s greatest gift.

In many ways Shambhala vision is still in an embryonic stage. I am delighted that you will be able to experience it through reading this book. May it enable you to touch your own goodness and dignity, and may it give you the strength and inspiration to uplift the world.

The Sakyong
25 June 2014
Boulder, Colorado

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Worth Looking At

    The principals of the book are worth reading, but it was difficult to follow because of the way it was written. I would have liked to see more specifics and less analogies. It would have held my interest more if it had simply portrayed its philosophies with examples rather than being a book of examples.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    A Classic

    This book has opened many a puritanical Christian's mind without making them losetheir religion. It's purpose is to bring the reader to a very subtle realization that nothing is as it seems, and that we truly do create our own personal reality.

    Fanciful, but always grounded, Trungpa's logic and powers of observation are basic in this book, a very much needed balm in the moral and psychological jungle that is 21st century America.

    Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Unleashes your dormant intellect

    I highly recommend this book to all those who seek to evolve mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I refer to this book often to remind myself that past wounds are healed not only with time but also with awareness.

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