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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book Jan. 22 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and amazingly Relevant! March 1 2014
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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. A must read for those who have read anything from the author, or have any interest in Buddhism, altruism, meditation, or simply living happy and free from being consumed by suffering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Our Times. Sept. 13 2013
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Easy to read and full of inspiration. The information is an antidote to the stressful times in which we live.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In spite of himself... July 5 2004
By A Customer
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. Still, I can't deny the tremendous impact his work has had on my life. As another reviewer said, "By all means buy the book." I only want to add that if Trungpa's words speak to you, look for a Shambhala Center in your area. No book can compare to the Shambhala Training program, which gives indepth teaching and practice in this book's basic concepts. You'll also find like-minded others who seek to create enlightened society in this dark age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! April 12 2003
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 putting on your shoes to demonstrate a point such as lha, nyen and lu. It also shows how you can make great change by changing simple habits and making a difference in the world by starting with the home. Really life changing, and I think that I can make great changes in my personal life by reading and applying the concepts of this book in everyday conduct. Give it a try, it just might work for you!
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