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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (Jan. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590300416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590300411
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.8 x 18.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 290 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #491,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Geoff B on Feb. 15 2009
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN on May 2 2002
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6 1998
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on Jan. 22 2003
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Mastrude on April 12 2010
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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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