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The classic guide to enlightened living that first presented the Buddhist path of the warrior to a Western audience.

There is a basic human wisdom that can help solve the world's problems. It doesn't belong to any one culture or region or religious tradition - though it can be found in many of them throughout history. It's what Chögyam Trungpa called the sacred path of the warrior. 

The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The warrior discovers the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others. That's what the Shambhala teachings are all about, and this is the book that has been presenting them to a wide and appreciative audience for more than 30 years.

©2009 Chogyam Trungpa (P)2018 Random House Audio

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  • Al
  • 11-18-18

A Guide to Developing Practical Wisdom for Life

Over the last 15 years I have read and reread this book many times. I am an agnostic atheist with little patience for religious explanation and I have no problem with the contents of this guide. It makes use of extensive metaphor as it goes into the later chapters, but it is secular throughout and the value that it offers is based on practical grounding in every day experience.

The most productive periods of my life have taken place when I'm practicing what is in this book.

At those times when I'm feeling out of touch with important parts of my life, this simple book provides reminders of methods that can be immediately started to get grounded and back in touch with myself and begin interacting constructively with those parts of life again. It is not easy to implement the contents of this book, but with a little discipline the practices and perspective offered are very powerful and positive.

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Narrator was not carefully chosen!

The book could've been 10x's better read by someone else but it's still a good.

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Love the book, the narrator not so much

Considering that the sacred path is an equanimous one, a soft, soothing, and calm voice would have carried and demonstrated the message beautifully. The narrator’s work and effort is appreciated (especially since I love audiobooks more than reading); her voice just wasn’t the perfect fit for this material - according to my aesthetic taste, that is.

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One of my favorites

I absolutely love this book. I’ve purchased it 4 different times, and once in audible. The audible narrator is terrible but this book is great and would recommend to everyone. The actual book, not the audible.

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very good book

for all ages.... you truly need to hear this.... don't you understand life. love it out loud.

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  • ZA
  • 03-18-21

Spiritual Wisdom at Its Best

Profound and unsparing yet simple and straightforward, Chogyam Trungpa's work does not disappoint.

Carolyn R. Gimian's no-frills narration was consistently clear.

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A true Warriors handbook!

So much packed into this book.

Anyone who desires to live life boldly, with strength and compassion, to benefit themselves and others, would enjoy the perspective and wisdom contained in the book.

Regardless of your religion or position in life you will be both challenged and affirmed.

Highly recommend.

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life changing, please read for your sake!

helps resolve your mind to help on any path you may be waking. highly recommended

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Incredible book, terrible narration

The content of this book is very deep and insightful, but the narration is monotonous and dull. It was a struggle to finish it.

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Essential

This should be considered absolutely essential to read for all beings to improve our world.

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  • 05-30-21

Down to Earth Buddhism from a Wise Master

Very practical and sensible advice from a unique man who understood that living is not always easy.

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  • 06-10-22

One of my favourite books

I return to this book all the time - every time I read it I find something completely new- If I was asked to recommend a book on sanity, this would be it. All put across in a poetic but accessible way.

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  • Llew Watkins
  • 05-05-22

A complex and extraordinary classic.

Almost 20 years ago this was the book that cemented my connection to spirituality and Buddhism in particular. Each time I read or listen to it new insights emerge. As the original editor Carolyn Rose Gimian is uniquely placed to be the narrator.

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  • Peter Mithamo
  • 02-14-21

Thought provoking book.

Everyone in our modern selfish world should read this book, particularly life coaches and coachees aswell. I learnt a lot about taking kindness and self-discipline to a whole new level. The story and various examples are very relevant and empowering. I recommend this book.

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  • Matthew P
  • 02-13-20

Great book, poor delivery

This book is great. Unfortunately it sounds like it’s being read by a robot/computer.

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  • 07-16-19

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One man's vision of an ideal world but lacks structure or solid foundation to build it on. Also out of steps with time.

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