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One of the crucial factors… is respecting ourselves; and in particularly respecting what we think and feel; when we do that we become self-embodied and self-empowered. This is not talking about being egotistical; this is the notion of bravery itself; and when this occurs there is an energy and this is what we call lungta or windhorse; and I believe all humanity has this; there’s a moment of self possession, we feel like we can do it.

Sakyong Mipham

For the accomplished warrior, belief is not a form of strategy, nor is it borrowing the stories of previous warriors from books and stories. Trying to theorize and borrow ideas doesn’t seem to help. The notion of belief, or view, here is based on complete simplicity. Your view is not affected by liberalism or conservatism, nihilism or eternalism, at all. Your view is straightforward and simple; it is almost a cosmic domestic view. It is the notion of complete simplicity. When you meet a person, you don’t have to develop a whole style of how to view that person according to either the historic or present situation, the sociological context, his religious connections, or whatever it may be. You don’t have to go through all that. You can have a direct relationship, which is very simple, direct, and straightforward—extremely straightforward.
— Chögyam Trungpa
Every age is an age of change. This means also change in the social structure of the life of the people. There is never a still or static moment in time. From a Buddhist point of view, one sees that the world is not necessarily going to achieve either a utopian golden age or for that matter a completely dark age. Some people may think that, if we say that, what is the use of trying to do anything? The point is that the whole structure—everything—depends on us—individually.
— Chögyam Trungpa, The New Age

Q. “Would you care to sum up the purpose of meditation?”

A. “Well, meditation is dealing with purpose itself. Generally we have a purpose for whatever we do: something is going to happen in the future, therefore, whatever I am doing now is important — everything is related to that. But the whole idea of meditation is to develop an entirely different way of dealing with things, where you have no purpose at all. In fact, meditation is dealing with the question of whether or not there is a such thing as ‘purpose.

Chögyam Trungpa, Meditation in Action
Człowiek jest zwierzęciem uwikłanym w sieć znaczeń, które sam uplótł.
— Clifford J. Geertz
We have arrived in an age where the study of great wisdom of the world, religion, and tradition—however important they are—are not enough. There is one more urgent thing we have to do. We must create a structure which allows for real communication. There has to be real communication. And someone has to start. If no one begins, nothing will happen.
— Chögyam Trungpa, The New Age
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Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.

Miles Davis

Too often, people think that solving the word’s problems is based on conquering the earth, rather than touching the earth, touching ground.
Chögyam Trungpa
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The principle of basic goodness is not particularly religious or secular. It is about how humanity at the core is complete, good, and worthy.

Sakyong Mipham, The Shambhala Principle

Your Present Naked Awareness

How Amazing!
Your present, naked awareness—
Unspoiled by thoughts of past, present, or future,
Not fettered by mind grasping to so-called “meditation”
Nor falling into a pervasive blankness of so-called “non meditation”—
The natural state nakedly sustained,
Is the practice of Great Perfection.

Regardless of what thoughts arise during that practice,
To reject negative ones or foster positive ones is unnecessary.
Mere recognition liberates them in their own ground.
Take this liberation upon arising as the path’s key point.

Destroy whatever meditative experiences arise, and relax.
A tantric practitioner without fixation is deeply content.
You’ve reached your goal of contentment right now.
What is the use of numerous enumerations of Buddha’s teachings.
When you discover Buddha Kuntu Zangpo within yourself?
Keep the meaning of these words close to your heart.

— Jigdral Yeshe
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Start where you are.

What you do for yourself - any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honest and clear seeing toward yourself, will affect how you experience your world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world.
— Pema Chödrön, Comfortable With Uncertainty
Nie można życia redukować do jego podstawowych praw; trzeba przemóc w sobie własny niepokój i wyjść na spotkanie przyszłości. Realizować siebie, nie wiedząc jednak, co właściwie się realizuje, gdyż nie zna się własnego planu, własnej przyszłości.
— Antoni Kępiński, Lęk
Właściwe pytanie nie brzmi “jak zorganizować społeczeństwo?”, ale “jak ułatwiać społeczną samoorganizację?”.
— Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski
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Nie przychodzimy na ten świat, lecz się z niego wyłaniamy - tak jak liście wyłaniają się z drzewa. Takj, jak ocean faluje, tak Wszechświat “ludziuje”. Każda jednostka jest wyrażeniem całości królestwa Natury, unikalnym aktem całego Wszechświata. Ten fakt jest rzadko - jeśli w ogóle - doświadczany przez większość ludzi. Nawet ci, którzy teoretycznie wiedzą, że jest to prawda, nie odczuwają tego, lecz nadal postrzegają siebie jako wyizolowane ego zamknięte w workach ze skóry.

Alan Watts, Kim jestem?

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At this time, great confusion and suffering exists because humanity cannot simply be.

Sakyong Mipham

Meditation is a way of permitting hang-ups of mind to churn themselves up. If we try to focus on our neurosis as a practice, that is an escape; and if we try to suppress it, that is also an escape. So the process is to relate with the neurosis as it is, in its true nature, the actual simplicity of it. Then we begin to make some progress.
Chögyam Trungpa
As this process of relating to our hang-ups develops, at some point we at last begin to trust ourselves. We begin to develop some kind of faith and trust that what we have and what we are is, after all, not all that bad. It is workable, usable.
— Chögyam Trungpa
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Reality is what it is, not what you want it to be.

Frank Zappa

If humanity is to survive – and not only that, to flourish—we must be brave enough to find our wisdom and let it shine.

We uncover it by beginning to examine our assumptions. We may never before have considered human nature, but in order to move forward as a global community, it is vital that we do it now. Is it really our nature to be fearful and aggressive, or could it be that we are actually gentle and fearless at heart?

Underneath the stress and anxiety, is it possible there is peace?

If our self-reflection turns up an inkling of that, we can draw power from it, daring to shift our destiny. In this way, the Shambhala principle is a socially transformative process through which confusion about human nature becomes confidence in human worthiness.

— Sakyong Mipham
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