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Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior [Hardcover]

Chogyam Trungpa
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Jan. 28 2003 Shambhala Library
In this best-selling guide to enlightened living, Chögyam Trungpa offers an inspiring vision for our time, modeled on the universal archetypal symbol of the peaceful warrior. In ancient times, the warrior learned to master the challenges of life, both on and off the battlefield. He acquired a sense of courage and power—not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. With this book the warrior's path is opened to contemporary men and women in search of self-mastery and greater fulfillment. Interpreting the warrior's journey in contemporary terms, Trungpa shows that in discovering the basic goodness of human life, the warrior learns to radiate that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. The Shambhala teachings—named for the legendary Himalayan Kingdom where prosperity and happiness reign—point to the potential for enlightened conduct that exists within every human being.

The Shambhala Library is a series of exquisitely designed and produced cloth editions of the world's spiritual and literary classics, both ancient and modern. Perfect for collecting or as gifts, each volume features a sewn binding, decorative endsheets, and a ribbon marker—in a delightful-to-hold 4¼ x 6¾ trim size.

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A textbook for entering your world and your heart Feb. 15 2009
By Geoff B
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I met Trungpa Rinpoche 30 years ago, and have been working with this book since it was first published in the early 1980's. The teaching is profound--this book has re-introduced me to my own heart, and to taking a larger view on my life again and again. Testing the material against my own experience, I have to say that it holds true, after all these years.

In particular, the chapter on how to recognize and work with fear, and through that discovering the practice of fearlessness, is the core instruction that has carried me though many ups and downs. This, I believe, is the most powerful and accessible teaching available on how to not get trapped in petty, ego-driven mind.

So hey, I'm a big fan. And I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a spiritual path based on mindfulness meditation.

You don't have to be a Buddhist to read or work (or play) with this material. It is strongly influenced by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and also by the pre-Buddhist Bon traditions of Tibet. Lots of practices and ways of working with ordinary life to awaken us into appreciation of our immediate experience, and the heart that perceives it.

This book is one of the main texts of the Shambhala Training meditation program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not all soldiers are warriors.... May 2 2002
The term "warrior" is thrown about pretty loosely these days. Not all soldiers are warriors. A modern soldier is a technician trained to obey orders and complete his mission at all costs. He is conditioned to see no humanity in the enemy. A soldier is taught to value pride and glory. A warrior, in contrast, obeys an inner code of conduct above all orders. A warrior sees the common humanity in all mankind- especially in an opponent. A warrior has renounced ego, so pride and glory are irrelevent.
This gem of a book gives the road map of the warrior's path. It is a path that you will probably only recognise if you have already traveled on it. It is more of a confirmation of lessons hard won in the battle of life. No book will magically show you the sacredness, the fundamental goodness, of the cosmos. Only experience, and deep meditation on that experience will do that. To be a warrior is to achieve synchronisation with all that is. Once you have reached this state you are incapable of acting with dishonor. To do so would be contrary to Nature. Moreover, once you have achieved this synchronization of body, mind, and cosmos your will and nature seem to be One. This is when "magic" happens.
So what is a warrior? A warrior is a person without ego, a person without fear, a person who is one with all of creation- and who acts accordingly to redeem the world about him.
What is an example of such a person in today's world? Those Tibetan fighters who resisted the Chinese so well and so long were Warriors. Then the Dalai Lama told them to lay down their weapons and fight no more. These warriors would not disobey their true monarch. Nor could they submit to dehumanising rule by communist invaders. To do so would have destroyed their honor.
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I rely on this book, it has been my companion for many years everywhere I go. I have given away dozens of copies, in various printings, to friends and foe.
What makes this 'pocket classic' edition special is the package: it is tiny. It really does fit in a small pocket; it is about the size of a deck of cards (I think - it has been a long time since I have seen a deck of cards!). But despite its minuscule size, it is easy to read, the print is clear and simple.
The content, too, is clear and simple. The Path of the Warrior is a way of being in the worl. It is not a religion, but a path to spirit. It is said to be very old (from well before Buddhism) and it is completely contemporaneous.
If your eyes are not as good as they were or as they should be, you should buy the more normal size book. But, definitely, buy it! It will change your life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book Jan. 22 2003
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Many people have already reviewed this book; I only want to share this: Out of all the dozens of self-improvement texts I have read, this one stands high above all the rest in my opinion.
Basically, instead of telling you how wonderful and successful your life will be if you do everything the author tells you (as is the usual theme in this kind of books); you are told that 1) you are wonderful as you are; and 2) in order to experience this wonderfulness, you must renounce selfishness and become completely open to the suffering of the world.
This is a very un-Western viewpoint, and very very fresh to me - like a gust of salty cool wind into a stale smokey room.
If you are ready for some fresh air, buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, deep book on higher Tibetan Buddhism April 12 2010
The Shambhala meditation training is the best training available, and this book is the source of the training. You could study each chapter for a year and your time wouldn't be wasted. A first reading only suggests it's depths.
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Enlightening ! Full of Wisdom ! Buy It ! Make a Difference ... for your self ... and for society ! This book was first given to me by a Tibetan Master, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, in 1985 when I asked him about Shambala (the enlightened society). Jamgon Kongtrul was a living example of compassion and wisdom. Even though he did not know me as I was just one among one a crowd, he immediately gave me this enlightening book. Since then, I have been buying it and giving it to many people. It is his legacy. (Trunpa and Jamgon comes from the same Tibetan Buddhist lineage.) This book is not about following a religious dogma or path. It is about how to live a dignified and meaningful human existence. The sacred warrior is not only brave and honorable but gentle and kind at the same time. The sacred warrior do not live in a world of deceit and superficiality. She or he is a geniune human being who is always considerate to others and her/his environment. Trungpa says that the bravest warrior is the one who can open her/his heart to others and wears no masks nor armor to hide her/his weakness. We all have the inherent potential to be sacred warriors. And by doing so, we will help contribute to make the world a better place to live in. Trunpa says that instead of trying very hard to change other people, our society, our families, and situations, we should first change ourselves and our negative attitudes first. It is only when we change our innermost selves and our myopic views of life that we can make a difference and geniunely help transform our society to a better place to live in. When we choose to be sacred warriors, that will be our lifelong existentialist quest. Be prepared for a new way of living human existence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and amazingly Relevant!
This is the first and fromost book for understanding Shambhala Buddhism. Written almost 40 years ago and yet it applies to all things in our world in this very year. Read more
Published 7 months ago by twisted_lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Our Times.
Easy to read and full of inspiration. The information is an antidote to the stressful times in which we live.
Published 13 months ago by sandra s. stavlo
5.0 out of 5 stars In spite of himself...
After several years of studying Shambhala Warriorship (beginning with this book), I am still unable to reconcile Trungpa's behavior with his teachings...and probably never will. Read more
Published on July 5 2004
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Published on Oct. 24 2003 by Kevin Kiersky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
The principles that are discussed in this book are really easy to understand, and very practical. Trungpa uses examples from everyday life quite often, even such trivial acts as... Read more
Published on April 12 2003 by N. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars R U "one who is brave"?
this is a well written modern guide book by a buddhist master. he goes well beyond the old sectarian views of religion and brings the reader into the picture in clear focus. Read more
Published on June 19 2002 by Orva Schrock
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5.0 out of 5 stars None Better At Detailing Warrior Buddhism
Although it gives very little on the tenets of living as a modern warrior, this book easily relates the ethics of the warrior with everyday life. Read more
Published on March 19 2001 by Tengu151
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