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The First Tip of Fearlessness

Book coverSadness hits you in your heart, and your body produces a tear. Before you cry, there is a feeling in your chest and then, after that, you produce tears in your eyes. You are about to produce rain or a waterfall in your eyes, and you feel sad and lonely, and perhaps romantic at the same time. That is the first tip of fearlessness…In the Shambhala tradition, discovering fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the human heart.

From “Fear and Fearlessness” in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa, page 49

3 thoughts on “The First Tip of Fearlessness

  1. my question is: why do we have to do this? Why do we have to learn fearlessness? why weren’t we just born fearless? What is the ultimate reason we all go through this suffering and learning to let go, becoming warriors? Can someone say it in just one or two sentences?

  2. why do we have to do anything? If you wish to live in this world with purpose, meaning and satisfaction – in other words – to live a good life, then you must learn to do things. Breathing, eating, walking, interacting, etc. , all have to be learned. So the ultimate reason is to live your good life…. You decide what is good – you decide what has meaning. You die when you stop learning, struggling, deciding! There is no ultimate reason separate from what you decide. Along the way people have found beneficial methods and tactics to accomplish their own ends – fearlessness is one of them and lightens the load of learning. The ancient stoics also had a few psychological techniques you may want to learn about, because they pre date and include all this Buddhist mumbo jumbo in it’s entirety. Reference William Irvine’s book about stoics. hasta myk .

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