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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 "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."

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

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

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

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

6 "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."

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

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

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

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

11 "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."

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

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

14 "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."

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

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

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

18 "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."

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

20 "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."

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

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

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite