Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shambhala Vision

Just read a great excerpt from one of Chogyam Trungpa's (Tibetan Buddhist and founder of Naropa University) books out of my fave magazine, The Sun (think: Christmas gift for all your friends and's that good-- spiritual, political, thought-provoking, and NO ADS. Can't beat it), and loved it. "Ultimately, that is the definition of bravery: not being afraid of yourself...and the world. When we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of the seeming threat the world presents, then we become extremely selfish...But we can be much braver than that. We must try to think beyond our homes, beyond sending our children to school or getting to work in the morning...We must try to think how we can help this world." Oh, I wish I could say I couldn't relate to that... He goes on: "While everyone has a responsibility to help the world, we can create additional chaos if we try to impose our ideas or our help upon others. Many people have theories about what the world needs...The Shambhala teachings are not based on converting the world to another theory. The premise of Shambhala vision is that, in order to establish an enlightenend society for others, we need to discover what inherently we have to offer the world." Now tell me that's not beautiful, and, er, convicting? Convicting with a message of hope can never be bad though, right? Good stuff. Now go subscribe to The Sun.

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