The Shambhala Warrior

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[A Tibetan Legend]

"There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Barbarian powers have arisen. Although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in common: weapons of unfathomable devastation and technologies that lay waste the world. It is now, when the future of all beings hangs by the frailest of threads, that the kingdom of Shambhala emerges.

"You cannot go there, for it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of the Shambhala warriors. But you cannot recognize a Shambhala warrior by sight, for there is no uniform or insignia, there are no banners. And there are no barricades from which to threaten the enemy, for the Shambhala warriors have no land of their own. Always they move on the terrain of the barbarians themselves.

"Now comes the time when great courage is required of the Shambhala warriors, moral and physical courage. For they must go into the very heart of the barbarian power and dismantle the weapons. To remove these weapons, in every sense of the word, they must go into the corridors of power where the decisions are made.

"The Shambhala warriors know they can do this because the weapons are manomaya, mind-made. This is very important to remember, Joanna. These weapons are made by the human mind. So they can be unmade by the human mind! The Shambhala warriors know that the dangers that threaten life on Earth do not come from evil deities or extraterrestrial powers. They arise from our own choices and relationships. So, now, the Shambhala warriors must go into training.

"How do they train?" I asked.

"They train in the use of two weapons."

"The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary. We need this first one," he said, lifting his right hand, "because it provides us the fuel, it moves us out to act on behalf of other beings. But by itself it can burn us out. So we need the second as well, which is insight into the dependent co-arising of all things. It lets us see that the battle is not between good people and bad people, for the line between good and evil runs through every human heart. We realize that we are interconnected, as in a web, and that each act with pure motivation affects the entire web, bringing consequences we cannot measure or even see.

"But insight alone," he said, "can seem too cool to keep us going. So we need as well the heat of compassion, our openness to the world's pain. Both weapons or tools are necessary to the Shambhala warrior."

-- Joanna Macy

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    On Dec 19, 2020 Mikael Cromsjö wrote:
    I am connecting to people who have got the ShambalaWarrior calling. If you feel that you are one of us then I invite you to find me on UniteAwale,com/news/

    Love and Light

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    On Aug 31, 2020 brian wrote:
    Can anyone tell me who the "he" Macy refers to is?

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    On Mar 30, 2020 Duffy Smith wrote:
    what a great read to wake up to

    it gives me "good intention" in a troubled time

    may boddhichittaprevail

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    On Feb 15, 2020 Robert wrote:

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    On Jan 30, 2020 Mary wrote:
    Beautiful and so very true

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    On Mar 30, 2019 Mark David Vinzens wrote:
    We live in this time.It is time for the Shambhala Warriors to awaken.

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    On Jan 21, 2019 Mette wrote:
    were can I read more about this legend? Tibetan sources in English or German? :^)

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    On Dec 2, 2014 Michael Sharp wrote:

     Love this article. Though you might like this poem I wrote entitled Shambhala Warriors

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