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Shambhala
Chogyam Trungpa
Subtitled 'The Sacred Path of the Warrior', this book is a guide to enlightened living, written by the founder of the Naropa Institute. 'Warrior', in this context, doesn't mean a military fighter, but rather one who has found his own innate bravery to face life honestly and openly, with love and compassion for all that exists.

1 "The goodness in everyone's heart CAN be realized without doubt."

2 "There is a natural source of radiance and brilliance in this world – which is the innate wakefulness of human beings."

3 "There may be thousands or billions of perceptions, but they are still One."

4 "Every human being has a basic nature of goodness, which is undiluted and unconfused. That goodness contains tremendous gentleness and appreciation."

5 "The human potential for intelligence and dignity is attuned to experiencing the brilliance of the bright blue sky, the freshness of green fields, and the beauty of the trees and mountains. We have an actual connection to reality that can wake us up and make us feel basically, fundamentally good."

6 "In order to establish an enlightened society for others, we need to discover what inherently we have to offer the world. So, to begin with, we should make an effort to examine our own experience, in order to see what it contains that is of value in helping ourselves and others to uplift their existence."

7 "Appreciating sacredness begins very simply by taking an interest in all the details of life."

8 "We need to find the link between our traditions and our present experience of life. Nowness, or the magic of the present moment, is what joins the wisdom of the past with the present."

9 "You can learn to experience the sacredness, the nowness, of reality. That is the basis for creating an enlightened society."

10 "We experience glimpses of goodness all the time, but we often fail to acknowledge them. When we see a bright color, we are witnessing our own inherent goodness. When we hear a beautiful sound, we are hearing our own basic goodness."

11 "From being open and honest with ourselves, we can also learn to be open with others. So we can work with the rest of the world, on the basis of the goodness we discover in ourselves."

12 "Because of the extraordinary vastness of perception, you have possibilities of communicating with the depth of the world."

13 "There is something basically good about our existence as human beings. Unless we can discover that ground of goodness in our own lives, we cannot hope to improve the lives of others."

14 "Every aspect of life has the potential of being upgraded…there is the potential for sacredness in every situation…Begin to view the universe as a sacred world. The sacred world is that which exists spontaneously, naturally in the phenomenal world."

15 "Something living, something real, is taking place in everything."

16 "When you are fully gentle, without arrogance and without aggression, you see the brilliance of the universe. You develop a true perception of the universe."

17 "A bank of self-existing energy is always available to you – beyond any circumstance. It actually comes from nowhere, but is always there. It is the energy of basic goodness."

18 "Basic goodness is what we have, what we are provided with. It is the natural situation that we have inherited from birth onwards."

19 "What you are is genuinely, basically good."

20 "The world around us is very sacred, so we have to constantly serve our world."

21 "Arrogance comes from hanging on to the reference point of me and other."

22 "It is necessary to appreciate that, for many thousands of years, human beings have been collecting wisdom….We should not ignore the contributions of the past."

23 "That mind of fearfulness should be put in the cradle of loving-kindness."

24 "Understand that your life, as it is, contains the means to unconditionally cheer you up and cure you of depression and doubt."

25 "Fearlessness means being able to respond accurately to the phenomenal world altogether."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite