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Don’t Be Afraid of Who You Are

The key to warriorship and the ultimate definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are. Examine your experience, to see what it contains that is of value in helping yourself and others. Warriorship is the opposite of selfishness. We become selfish when we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of the seeming threats the world presents. We want to build a little nest, a cocoon, to protect ourselves. But we can be much more brave than that. Even in the face of great problems, we can be heroic and kind at the same time.

From The Shambhala Warrior Slogans, Quote One.

For the Tibetan New Year, or Losar, on Tuesday, February 21, the Chogyam Trungpa Digital Library is releasing the first public talk presenting the Shambhala teachings, given by Chogyam Trungpa in 1978. One of the key themes of the talk is “Don’t Be Afraid of Who You Are.” To hear the talk visit the The CT Digital Library.


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