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  • Akosua Biraa

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.

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