There is a basic human wisdom that can help solve the world’s problems. It doesn’t belong to any one culture or region or religious tradition—though it can be found in many of them throughout history. It’s what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, an...more
I wish someone had given me this book when I was a teenager. It's like a manual for being an adult--a mature human being living in the world. It cuts straight through our habitual patterns of thought and action, our addiction to comfort, our laziness and our delusions.
Trungpa occasionally delves into esoteric territory (e.g. the chapters on invoking drala, or magi...more
Chapter One: Creating an Enlightened Society
Basic secular human wisdom can solve the problems of this world. There's a discussion of where Shamb...more
Finishing the book on my little porch on my cabana at the Finca Mistica on the Olmetepe Isle on Lake Nicaragua this morning, I delighted in the second to last chapter on authentic presence where I discovered the four dignities and final...more
I'm glad that so many Americans have found Buddhism to soothe their agnostic needs to have a God who does not exist but as the author of this book states about his final (and arguably best) text, "it's secular". Trungpa was a f...more
When I chose three books to take along on the airplane last week, it seemed a remarkable coincidence when I noticed that they all dealt with the subject of fighting.
It was probably inevitable that this would eventually happen, given how fighting is a main activity of humans.
The books are: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Shambhala by Chogyam Trungpa, and 100 Tips for Amateur Players Vol II by Youngsun Yoon.
Fight Club is a nove...more
I particularly liked his views on synchronizing the mind and body, harmony, authentic presence and the ego. Here is one of my favourite quotes.
When you express gentleness and precision in your environment, then real brilliance and power can descend onto that situation. If you try to manufacture that p...more
This popular text by Naropa's founder is required reading there. Though nominally secular, Buddhism is at the core of this spiritual primer. Not that different from other introductory Buddhist texts, this book is nice breath of fresh air, or a foot in the door for those wanting to learn more about Buddhism (or just the w...more
Recognizing and appreciating the basic goodness of life as it is, being compassionate to yourself and ot...more
Last year I read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, also by Trungpa. Both it and this book are the kind you can read, chew on, chew on, then come back to. Its a part of a journey. That being said, they could also be used as part of a very intentional practice, which I hope to get back to.
If you've ever wondered how to delve into the layers of your psyche without the use of drugs, pick up this book. The use of imagery is p...more
In my experience, things happen and people and books tend to appear as they're needed. This book was needed then and taught me that even when I was reduced to nothing but myself, my Self was more than adequate for any task set before me.
A classic not to be missed.
Read it a few years back and there were parts i couldn't relate to. Not having that issue this time through.
He encourages each person to be a warrior by understanding the basic goodness of humans, and using courage, gentleness, and awareness to pass along the wisdom so as to strengthen humanity.
I've turned to the book in times of turbulence and times of calm,...more