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Often, when someone tells us we should be fearless, we think they’re saying not to worry, that everything is going to be all right. But unconditional fearlessness is simply based on being awake. Once you have command of the situation, fearlessness is unconditional because you are neither on the side of success or failure. Success and failure are your journey.

Nevertheless, sometimes you become so petrified on your journey that your teeth, your eyes, your hands, and your legs are all vibrating. You are hardly sitting in your seat; you are practically levitating with fear. But even that is regarded as an expression of fearlessness if you have a fundamental connection with the earth of basic goodness—which is unconditional goodness at this point.

©2001 Diana J. Mukpo. All rights reserved.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987) is recognized for playing a pivotal role in the transmission of genuine buddhadharma to the West. One of the first Tibetan Buddhist teachers to come to America, he establishing Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and an organization of some 200 meditation centers worldwide known as Shambhala International. In addition to his many best-selling books on the Buddhist teachings, including Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and The Myth of Freedom, he is the author of two books on the Shambhala warrior tradition: Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior and Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala.

This teaching was edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian, a freelance writer and editor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently preparing a new book of Chögyam Trungpa’s Shambhala teachings, tentatively entitled The Heart of Warriorship: Manifesting Enlightened Society.
 

The Warrior Tradition: Conquering Fear, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Sun, March 2002.
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