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Book Report
    #4576778 - 08/24/05 11:36 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I recently read "Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior" by Chogyam Trungpa. I read it twice because there was too much information to take in at one pass. One must read it two or three times to even say they gave it a fair shake. It is a discussion of the Tibetan warrior tradition as it applies to western men and women. It must be said that the a warrior is one who is engaged in a struggle. The spiritual warrior struggles with the self. I stress this because this is not a book about violence. It is about compassion for self and others.

Mr. Trungpa was a Tibetan monk that left Tibet at the start of the Chinese occupation and took up residence, eventually, in North America. He wrote several books and founded the Shambhala meditation centers that now exist in nearly every major city.

The book, while addressing a spiritual topic, does it in a secular manner. Life after death, karma, and other occult based phenomenon are not discussed. It comes from a purely practical angle. The ideas Mr. Trungpa puts forth in this book are geared towards helping one acheive happiness and harmony with their fellow beings. The practice of meditation is stressed heavily. The relevancy of this book to modern western people left me in awe considering that the author was born in an old shed out in the middle of nowhere in Tibet, and is the product of a nearly alien culture. Topics such as ego, attachment, and compassion are discussed, but it is clearly NOT standard Buddhist fare. I found many similarities in his philosophy and the ideas presented in Castaneda's "Journey to Ixtlan", but both authors approached the topic of the warrior from different anges while meeting in the middle. It is easy to read and poetically written. All in all I give it a recomendation to anyone, but particularly to those interested in Taoism, shamanism, and Budhism as it has relevance to all of these traditions.


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"A warrior is a hunter. He calculates everything. That's control. Once his calculations are over, he acts. He lets go. That's abandon. A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and he survives in the best of all possible fashions." ― Carlos Castaneda


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Re: Book Report [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #4579067 - 08/25/05 03:09 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

word up


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Re: Book Report [Re: Mixomatosis]
    #4579076 - 08/25/05 03:10 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I will check this one out. :thumbup:


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Re: Book Report [Re: Icelander]
    #4579589 - 08/25/05 03:51 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Ditto.
Thanks for the report  :cool: :thumbup:


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Re: Book Report [Re: MushmanTheManic]
    #4580538 - 08/25/05 06:34 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I order this two days ago, can't wait til it gets here.

I also looked into the Shambala center in my town...


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Re: Book Report [Re: VirgilKane]
    #4580562 - 08/25/05 06:42 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

"I also looked into the Shambala center in my town..."
I am currently starting their meditation program based on this book.


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"A warrior is a hunter. He calculates everything. That's control. Once his calculations are over, he acts. He lets go. That's abandon. A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and he survives in the best of all possible fashions." ― Carlos Castaneda


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Re: Book Report [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #4580618 - 08/25/05 07:06 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I saw that in your post the other day. Please keep us informed on how it's going. The one in my town is really a pain in the ass to get to due to traffic and all so it's kind of deterring me from checking it out, but if it's worth it I'd definitely be interested.


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Absense of evidence is not evidence of absense...

"Religion is a defense against a religious experience"
              Carl G. Jung

 
"So really, ordinary reality is a kind of chemical habit, sanctioned by culture, which says it's okay to use certain drugs, eat certain foods, and have certain sexual behaviors. However, when you transcend all this pre-conditioning by returning to the original wisdom of the animal body, then you discover this immense dimension of opportunity. For some people, it is a frightening risk. To me, that's the psychedelic experience."
Terence McKenna


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Re: Book Report [Re: VirgilKane]
    #4582971 - 08/26/05 04:05 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Sounds exceedingly intriguing, and your book report itself was in proper form. :smirk: Are you a teacher or something? :tongue:  :wink:

Next paycheck I will try to find it! :thumbup:

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Re: Book Report [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #4583118 - 08/26/05 06:53 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Mr. Trungpa was a Tibetan monk that left Tibet at the start of the Chinese occupation...

Warrior?  :rolleyes:


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Re: Book Report [Re: Swami]
    #4583199 - 08/26/05 09:35 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

This is an interesting question. The Govt of Tibet held an isolationist policy in the world and had a small poorly equipped army. When China attacked they could not get any help from the world because of the isolationist policy, the army was sent to delay the advance while the religious leaders fled the country. The regular citizenry took the brunt of the brutality. I have always wondered about this. I haven't made up my mind, but cowardice is a possibility. This kind of thing is common to most govts, and religions.


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
The more knowledge, the more grief.
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