Shambhala by Chögyam Trungpa


In this practical guide to enlightened living, Chögyam Trungpa offers an inspiring vision for our time, based on the figure of the sacred warrior. In ancient times, the warrior learned to master the challenges of life, both on and off the battlefield. He acquired a sense of personal freedom and power—not through violence or aggression, but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The Japanese samurai, the warrior-kings of Tibet, the kn...

Details Shambhala

Release DateMar 27th, 2007
GenreReligion, Buddhism, Spirituality, Philosophy, Nonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Psychology, Eastern Philosophy, Zen

Reviews Shambhala

  • Christopher Cordry
    This book is awesome. Trungpa's writing style is a little bit quirky, but if you can appreciate the subtle humor, you will enjoy it. I wish someone had given me this book when I was a teenager. It's like a manual for being an adult--a mature human being living in the world. It cuts straight through our habitual patterns of thought and action, our addiction to comfort, our laziness and our delusions. Trungpa occasionally delves into esoteric terri...
  • Luke
    Not knowing exactly what to write, I wanted to write a review to remind myself of the key points in this book and share something that is likely not on most people's radars. Much of this book can't be summarized or fully captured in a blog post, but I think the quote below gives you an idea of what you'll find in here. The basic premise is that we need to fully accept what it means to be human, taking our "bad" with the good, and facing this fact...
  • Laura
    Confession: I didn't finish this book. Realization: It doesn't matter.Last year I read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, also by Trungpa. Both it and this book are the kind you can read, chew on, chew on, then come back to. Its a part of a journey. That being said, they could also be used as part of a very intentional practice, which I hope to get back to. If you've ever wondered how to delve into the layers of your psyche without the use of...
  • Jordan
    The first part was really interesting, the second part definitely lost me, and the third part was a mix of the previous two. Mostly what lost me in the second part was Trungpa's constant redefining of words to mean something only vaguely similar to their normal usages. It was frustrating to have to constantly remember that fearlessness didn't really mean fearlessness and magic didn't really mean magic. I know sometimes concepts don't translate we...
  • Charlie
    Hmmm, once upon a time Trungpa comes out to a large audience waiting to hear his lecture. He was late. When he finally appears, dead drunk, he stumbles to the mic and states simply, "You read the book" and walks away. For this the people in attendance had paid five bucks. I'm glad that so many Americans have found Buddhism to soothe their agnostic needs to have a God who does not exist but as the author of this book states about his final (and ar...
  • Bryan
    People occasionally ask me if I attended Naropa University. My response is that if I was an adult when I chose were to attend university I would have attended Naropa University. This popular text by Naropa's founder is required reading there. Though nominally secular, Buddhism is at the core of this spiritual primer. Not that different from other introductory Buddhist texts, this book is nice breath of fresh air, or a foot in the door for those w...
  • Max
    For those interested in methods for the edification of the heart and spirit without relying on ghosts or Flying Spaghetti Monsters, this book is a must read. Yet interestingly enough, most of what Trungpa is saying is mirrored in the more profound aspects of Christianity, especially in the exegesis of scholars like Bultmann or Tillich, provided the reader doesn't get hung up on cosmetic differences but thinks about the *meaning* of the words. I c...
  • David Guy
    I've probably read this book five or six times; I just seem to know when I need to. Supposedly it is talking about a secular practice that is not specifically Buddhist, but it's quite apparent that Buddhist thought and practice are behind it; only the terminology has been changed. Somehow or other I find this to be Trungpa's most inspiring and accessible book, and am always very much inspired by it. It's about basing your life in meditation pract...
  • Chilly SavageMelon
    I can't say it's bad without really trying to implement the lifestyle described, but I've read other similar works that were more inspiring. For example, there's a volume I can't find on here, a series of letters complied into a volume called Advanced Meditation by Yogi Ramachakra that came out early in the 20th century. While reading the explanation of the ego, will etc. I was suddenly inspired to quit smoking.While there's nothing wrong with wh...
  • Mara
    Inspiration from the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Shambhala as a means to strive for an enlightened society in modern times carries powerful messages. The Buddhist foundation is grounding while expanding to encompass all beings in a non-religious way of life mentality focused on fearlessness, egolessness, and soft-heartedness. These and related characteristics are the "true face" of the warrior.Recognizing and appreciating the basic goodness of lif...
  • Robin
    As part of my 2015 reading challenge I was to read the book at the bottom of my to-read list. I’m not sure why I wanted to read this, but it was my very first Goodreads “to-read” book. The title seems intimidating, as I’m suspicious if not cynical about the words sacred and warrior, and have no desire to be either. But since I inherited the book from a friend who passed away, with whom I’d shared many books, I thought it was worth a try...
  • Linda Martin
    I will be honest - I found this difficult to read but by sheer power of stubbornness I slogged through it and tried to learn the philosophy. There's a lot of wisdom shared on right living and the path of a spiritual warrior. It was not at all what I expected! The path is very subdued and subtle. I took notes on every chapter... I'll share a few with you.Chapter One: Creating an Enlightened SocietyBasic secular human wisdom can solve the problems ...
  • Gerardo
    Beyond mindfulness, before mindfulness.This is what I got from reading on the XXI Century Shambhala, Chogyam Trungpa's classic. Throughout its pages, the renowned meditation teacher and artist develops a secular approach to living a fulfilling and meaningful life according to the Shambhala teachings. Although these are rooted on Buddhism, its application can be implemented by anyone interested in making the best out of his or her life, and benefi...
  • Ashley
    The Sacred Path of the Warrior is an amazing and rather interesting read. I didn't actually expect to relate to the lessons and methods explained within the book, but I was sorely mistaken. This book takes you through each step of becoming a warrior in life. In other words, this book helps you to become aware of yourself and the world around you. It really puts the reader in the hot seat because its so easy to find things in life that you need to...
  • Izak Last
    I try and live my life by the wisdom contained in this book. It focuses on the rising sun and not the setting sun, a great way to adjust one's outlook on life. I try to read a few lines from it every week even though I have read it many times.
  • Ariel Desouza
    This book changed my life tremendously.
  • Chris
    Finally finished. Meh. Some good stuff but really preachy as well. Just not my style.
  • Nicholas
    A guide on how to live you life properly. Could lead to a lot of narration. Same as the Alchemist.Quotes:"That is the definition of bravery: not being afraid of yourself.""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."...
  • Sherry
    I love this book, especially after being introduced to Chogyam Trungpa's Shambhala way by some of his disciples at the ALIA Leadership Institute I just went to in Halifax and the track on "Leader as Spiritual Warrior" that I took with Meg and Jerry as the guides. Finishing the book on my little porch on my cabana at the Finca Mistica on the Olmetepe Isle on Lake Nicaragua this morning, I delighted in the second to last chapter on authentic presen...
  • Mark Thompson
    Shambhala is a bit special. It feels like a gentle walk with someone who cares about you who is gently encouraging you to open up to the world around you deeper than you have before, despite fear or other reactions that suggest opening is unsafe. It reminded me of experiences I have had with both an animal and human teacher, neither of whom are here now which made this a slightly bitter, much more sweet read. When I was only a young fella, probab...
  • Jim
    Through years of meditation I have come to the realization that we have the lost our appreciation of this wonderful world we live in. We have created a mechanized universe that separates us from our appreciation of the simplicity we can only experience as creators. We now throw a switch or push a button and wahla a machine produces a product. We are no longer creators we are an appendage of our mechanized society. This separation slowly diminishe...
  • Frank
    It is undeniable that one characteristic of human beings is: they fight.When I chose three books to take along on the airplane last week, it seemed a remarkable coincidence when I noticed that they all dealt with the subject of fighting.It was probably inevitable that this would eventually happen, given how fighting is a main activity of humans.The books are: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Shambhala by Chogyam Trungpa, and 100 Tips for Amateur Pl...
  • Robert
    Research on this author is necessary. The man who wrote this book is, flawed, human and yet he held a position of spiritual authority. What he has made available in this book to the westerner is invaluable. Though I wonder, without a teacher, or further research would a novice completely understand. I read this book in a discussion group, we met weekly to discuss chapters read. The early chapters seemed familiar to teacher and student alike who a...
  • Sophia Ciocca
    I'm obsessed with this book in theory. Trungpa's message is all-important, and the way he lays out part 1, how to be a Warrior, gave me a fresh perspective on ideas that have been swimming in my head for so long -- ideas of how to live a good life, how to be radically authentic, how to be genuine and gentle and soft and yet confident and strong. His wisdom is immense, and this book overall felt like magic. I loved reading it in the park and feeli...
  • David Biddle
    Over the years I've read a great deal of Eastern philosophy. It still surprises me that Buddhism of any vein is not the path of choice for most thinking people. Shambhala as a philosophy and way of life is the most enticing perspective I've come across. Trungpa should be more well known. But no matter. There is great truth in this work for those of us in the present moving always into the future. The Sacred Path of the Warrior is not about worshi...
  • Catie
    The key to warriorship and the first principle of Shambhala vision is not being afraid of who you are.Shambhala vision is trying to provoke you to understand how you live, your relationship with ordinary life.The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything.Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness.Absence of doubt is trusting the heart, trusting yourself.To be a warrior is to learn to...
  • Garrick
    I read this as the introductory book into Shambhala Buddhism and indeed, if you have participated in any Shambhala Meditation centre, their introductory levels of training programs go through what is in this book.Shambhala Buddhism distinguishes itself from other forms of Buddhism in that it takes the Tibetan myth of the city of Shambhala as an inspiration for an enlightened society. Although it is purportedly fully compatible with Buddhism, it s...
  • Rebecca Galloway
    I recently started going to a local Shambhala Center, and a friend gave me this book to read. Some parts were too abstract and went over my head, but most of Shambhala teachings seem to be what I've been missing all my life in pursuit of a spiritual path. The concept that everyone is basically good is refreshing but was hard for me to digest at first, having spent most of my childhood learning that humans are all inherently sinful. Shambhala, to ...
  • Matty Esco
    I was surprised by how good this was because the cover is hideous and it was 50 cents. I'm pretty well versed in Buddhism, specifically Zen; a few years back I read entire shelves of the stuff at Barnes and Noble, and I recently got my philosophy minor by taking the American Buddhism capstone and going to a church basement full of old people to sit zazen.This book was mostly poignant Buddhist analogies about how we stress ourselves out for no rea...
  • Terry Monk
    I find that I graze around the spiritual books and add to my understanding. I find some books later than the Aha! Happens and I than understand a pervious read book. I have this in a small pocket size and read a couple of pages at a time and let it sit. The understanding comes in time. Masters taught in bits and pieces over a long time to their students, we are to rushed now. This is a teaching book, not a novel to be read in one go, that is the ...