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Chogyam Trungpa ~ " Everybody, every minute, is tortured, suffering a lot. We shouldn't just ignore them and save ourselves alone. That would be a tremendous crime. In fact we CAN'T just save ourselves, because our neighbors are moaning and groaning all over the place. So, even if we could just save ourselves, we wouldn't have a peaceful sleep. The rest of the world is going to wake us up with their pain." ~ Great Eastern Sun 

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Chogyam Trungpa ~ "The intelligent way of working with emotions is to try to relate with their basic substance, the abstract quality of emotions, so to speak. The basic 'isness' quality of emotions, the fundamental nature of the emotions is just energy so to speak. And if one is able to relate with the energy, then the energies have no conflict with you." ~ Great Eastern Sun   #trungpa  

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We could say that compassion is the ultimate attitude of wealth: an anti-poverty attitude, a war on want. It contains all sorts of heroic, juicy, positive, visionary, expansive qualities. And it implies larger scale thinking, a freer and more expansive way of relating to yourself and the world. ~~~ Chögyam Trungpa in Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism #trungpa 

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"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. The way to experience nowness is to realize that this very moment, this very point in your life, is always the occasion." ~~~ Chögyam Trungpa #trungpa 

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The main point in working with people is to appreciate and manifest simplicity rather than trying to create new theories or categories of behavior. Simplicity begins to make much more sense than speculation ~~~ Chögyam Trungpa #trungpa 

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Chogyam Trungpa ~ "Speech is also connected with gentleness. In the Shambhala world, you speak gently: you don't bark. That is as much a part of dignity as having good head and shoulders. It would be very strange if somebody had good head and shoulders and began to bark. It would look very incongruous." ~ Great Eastern Sun #trungpa

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Chogyam Trungpa ~ When the warrior has thoroughly experienced his or her own basic rawness, there is no room to manipulate the situation. You just go forward and present the truth quite fearlessly.
~ Smile at Fear

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Becoming Spiritual “Warriors”; Choosing to Help the World 

The key to warriorship and the first principle of Shambhala vision is not being afraid of who you are. Ultimately, that is the definition of bravery: not being afraid of yourself. Shambhala vision teaches that, in the face of the world’s great problems, we can be heroic and kind at the same time. Shambhala vision is the opposite of selfishness. When we are afraid of ourselves, and afraid of the seeming threat the world presents, then we become extremely selfish. We want to build our own little nests, our own cocoons, so that we can live by ourselves in a secure way.

But we can be much more than that. We must try to think beyond our homes, beyond the fire burning in the fireplace, beyond sending our children to school or getting to work in the morning. 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. At the same time, helping others does not mean abandoning our individual lives. You don’t have to rush out and become the mayor of your city or the president of the United States in order to help others, but you can begin with your relatives and friends and the people around you. In fact, you can start with yourself. The important point to realize is that you are never off duty. You can never just relax, because the whole world needs help….

The premise of Shambhala vision is that, 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.

If we are willing to take an unbiased look, we will find that, in spite of all our problems and confusion, all our emotional and psychological ups and downs, 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. If we are simply miserable and wretched beings, how can we possibly imagine, let alone realize, an enlightened society? ~~~ Chögyam Trungpa Shambhala Sacred Path of the Warrior #trungpa

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Chogyam Trungpa ~ “Delight in itself is the approach of sanity. Delight is to open our eyes to the reality of the situation rather than siding with this or that point of view.” ~~~ The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation #trungpa
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