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Chögyam Trungpa was a scholar, teacher, poet, artist, and Buddhist meditation master. Born in 1939 in Tibet, he fled to India at the age of twenty. In 1963 he went to England to study at Oxford, then came to the U.S. He played an important role in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West and founded many meditation centers, as well as Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He died in 1987.
Basic goodness is good because it is unconditional, or fundamental. It is there already, in the same way that heaven and earth are there already.
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.
We need to learn how to be decent human beings. That is the basis for what we call “religion.” A decent human society brings about spirituality. It brings about blessings and what could be called the gift of God. This is an extremely simple-minded approach. I’m sorry if I disappoint you, but it is as simple as that.
People always come to the study of spirituality with some ideas already fixed in their minds of what it is they are going to get and how to deal with the person from whom they think they will get it. The very notion that we will get something from a guru — happiness, peace of mind, wisdom, whatever it is we seek — is one of the most difficult preconceptions of all.
Warriorship here does not refer to making war on others. Aggression is the source of our problems, not the solution. Here the word “warrior” is taken from the Tibetan pawo, which literally means “one who is brave.” Warriorship in this context is the tradition of human bravery, or the tradition of fearlessness.