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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 "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."

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

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

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

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 "We must try to think how we can help this world. If we don't help, nobody will. It is our turn to help the world."

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

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

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

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

11 "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."

12 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 "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."

24 "When we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of the seeming threat the world presents, then we become extremely selfish."

25 "The failure to appreciate the resourcefulness of human existence – which we call basic goodness – has become one of the world's biggest problems."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite