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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 "There is no fundamental separation or duality between you and your world."

2 "Sacredness goes back and back through history to prehistory to before history, before thought, before mind had ever thought of anything at all. So experiencing the greatness of the sacred world is recognizing the existence of that vast and primordial wisdom, which is reflected throughout phenomena. This wisdom is old and young at the same time, and it is never tarnished or diminished by the relative problems in the world."

3 "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."

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

5 "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."

6 "You are living in a rich world, one that never runs out of messages."

7 "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."

8 "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."

9 "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."

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

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

12 "The magical strength and wisdom of reality are always there. That wisdom abides in the cosmic mirror. By relaxing the mind, you can reconnect with that primoridal, original ground, which is completely pure and simple."

13 "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."

14 "Human beings have basic goodness, not next door, but IN them already."

15 "Absence of doubt is trusting in the heart, trusting yourself. Being without doubt means that you have connected with yourself."

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

17 "You do not possess basic goodness but you ARE the basic goodness itself."

18 "If you actually look, if you take your whole being apart and examine it, you find that you are genuine and good as you are."

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

20 "There is basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world's problems."

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

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

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

24 "As human beings, we are basically awake and we CAN understand reality. We are not enslaved by our lives; we are free."

25 "This experience of nowness can join together the vastness of primordial wisdom with both the wisdom of past traditions and the realities of contemporary life. So in that way, you begin to see how the world of sacredness can be created altogether."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite