How to Be a Warrior
caught in the trap of doubt
can manifest as anxiety or jealousy or arrogance
stricken with a poverty mentality
constantly roiled in the river of lust
precise description of habitual behavior
because the world is clean to begin with
create a goldlike situation in your life
stop complaining and fighting with our world
basic human wisdom that
can help solve the world’s problems
being at the center of the scene
truth doesn’t become anyone’s property
problem arises only if you try to manipulate
pay for luxury and ignore reality
messages of how things are
confidence contains gentleness
radiate a particular atmosphere
orderly and powerful world full of gentle energy
our vision for a good human society
get close to the truth
it is a good journey
This piece is composed solely out of phrases taken randomly from “Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior”. This is a book written in 1984 by Chögyam Trungpa—a renowned Tibetan Buddhist master, teacher, and artist.
In this significant text, Trungpa provides us with key insights into the human psyche, as well as valuable lessons on how to become courageous, gentle, and tenderhearted warriors in a maddening and obsessively material world.
I got this book in 2017, off of Amazon UK. There have been no regrets.
This was after years of listening to Trungpa’s (2010) “Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery”. Yet another enlightening deliberation by Trungpa; this time on how to move beyond all our fears, so as to become spiritual warriors who are able to face each moment of life with openness and fearlessness. I have played this audio book heavily, on repeat.