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

3 "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."

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

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

6 "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."

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

8 "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."

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

10 "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."

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

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

13 "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."

14 "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."

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

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

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

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

19 "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."

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

21 "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."

22 "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."

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

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite