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

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

3 "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."

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

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

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

7 "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."

8 "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."

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

10 "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."

11 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 "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."

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 "The ground or root of wakefulness and sanity exists as a potential within every human being."

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite