Shambhala – the Sacred Path of the Warrior


Like much of Chogyam Trungpa’s writing, this little book is somewhat deceptive. The language is so simple. But soon the attentive reader realises that she is being spun into a many-layered world of vast depths. Shambhala – the Sacred Path of the Warrior is one of two Trungpa books released by Shambhala meant to contain ‘secular’ teachings. Of course, the Lama remains rooted in his Buddhist lineage. But this little volume, being part of Trungpa’s Shambhala vision, was delivered in the spirit of providing everyday teachings to westerners, unadorned by the ‘other-worldliness’ of traditional Buddhist teachings. As the name suggests, these teachings tap authentically and […]



In his book Shambhala – the Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa uses the Tibetan word drala, which he says, is a magical quality we start to experience when we have come to live on the edge of the vastness of existence. About this, he says: ‘By magic we do not mean unnatural power over the phenomenal world, but rather the discovery of innate or primordial wisdom in the world as it is. … In Tibetan, this magical quality of existence, or natural wisdom, is called drala.’ He goes on to explain that the literal meaning of the word means, ‘above the enemy’ or […]

The primordial mirror

In his book, Shambhala – the Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa uses the phrase ‘the primordial mirror’. He visualises it as: ‘The unconditioned, original ground of nowness, which exists and existed before history began, before thinking began’. He says we can be in contact with it … ‘through relaxing beyond our minds, letting go of the anxiety and concepts and depression that normally blind us’. Which he says, is a matter of ‘relaxing and resting continuously in nowness.’