In Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior , Chögyam Trungpa offers an inspiring and practical guide to enlightened living based on the Shambhala journey of warriorship, a secular path taught internationally through the Shambhala Training program.
Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala - is a continuation of that path. Shambhala was an exploration of human goodness and its potential to create an enlightened society - a state that the author calls 'nowness'. And in that spirit of nowness, Great Eastern Sun - which is accessible to meditators and nonmeditators alike - centers on the question: 'Since we're here, how are we going to live from now on?'
Chögyam Trungpa had a vision of a society of enlightened people, or at least of people on the path to enlightenment. These are the Shambhala warriors, people "brave enough not to give in to the aggression and contradictions that exist in society". This is an invitation for all people to discover their own goodness, which is always there, just as the sun is always rising.
Trungpa had an uncanny grasp of the hang-ups and excuses that keep Westerners in their safe ego cocoons, and in Great Eastern Sun he entices us all out, to express our goodness and live a life on the edge of insecurity. The mindful life turns out to be one of detached but sacred existence, floating with the power of compassionate awareness. A genuine life is what Trungpa propels us to, and Great Eastern Sun is his lantern for guiding us down the path of genuine living.
With brilliance and good will, Chögyam Trungpa illuminates the dharma of wise society. He invites all of good heart to find a dignity in their human experience that joins together heaven and earth.
— From back cover