spiritual warrior

A Quote by Maureen Murdock on sacred marriage, heroines journey, spiritual warrior, warrior, heroic quest, journey, quest, goal, feminine, masculine, and serve

The heroine must become a spiritual warrior. ... She must not discard nor give up what she has learned throughout her heroic quest, but learn to view her hard-earned skills and success not so much as a goal but as one part of the entire journey. She will begin to use these skills to work toward the larger quest of bringing people together, rather than her own individual gain. This is the sacred marriage of the feminine and masculine--when a woman can truly serve not only the needs of others but can value and be responsive to her own needs as well.

Maureen Murdock

Source: Heroine's Journey, Pages: 11

Contributed by: Wendi

A Quote by Chögyam Trungpa on spiritual warrior, ego, warrior, fearlessness, warriorship, and dignity

A WARRIOR WITHOUT TERRITORY

Student: The idea of a warrior is usually associated with territory or responding to a sense of danger. If we give up all territory, what is the motivation for having the spirit of a warrior?

Chogyam Trungpa: A warrior is not like a samurai who is looking for a job. You are not trying to be hired by anybody, not even by yourself. The idea of a warrior is based on a sense of fundamental fearlessness. There is no reason why you should be a coward. It's as simple as that. You are not being a warrior because a state of war exists in your country. We are not trying to win against the egohood people. We are not trying to fight with them. You are being a warrior because you ARE a warrior. If someone asks you, "Are you twenty-one years old?" you say, "Yes, I am." They don't ask you WHY you are twenty-one years old or how you have done this. You would have no answer for that. You are just twenty-one. Warriorship is a basic sense of unshakeability. It's a sense of immovability and self-existing dignity rather than that you are trying to fight with something else.

From "Meditation: The Way of the Buddha," Talk Four, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, July 1 1974. Edited from an unpublished transcript.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: From "Meditation: The Way of the Buddha," Talk Four, Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, July 1 1974. Edited from an unpublished transcript.

Contributed by: sengmo

A Quote by Morihei Ueshiba on aikido, swordsmanship, bushido, japan, spirituality, spiritual warrior, and the way

The penetrating brilliance of swords, wielded by followers of the Way, strikes at the evil enemy, lurking deep within, their own souls and bodies.

Morihei Ueshiba

Source: The Art of Peace

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Shosan on zen, spiritual warrior, japan, self, others, prejudices, knowing yourself, ignorance, and delusion

Be aware of yourself and know yourself. No matter how much you have learned and how much you know, if you don't know yourself you don't know anything. Indeed, if you don't know yourself you cannot know anything else. People who don't know themselves criticize others from the point of view of their own ignorance. They consider what agrees with them to be good, and hate whatever doesn't go their way. They become irritated about everything, causing themselves to suffer by themselves, bothering themselves solely because of their own prejudices. If you know that not everyone will be agreeable to you, know that you won't be agreeable to everyone either. Those who have no prejudices in themselves do not reject people, and therefore people do not reject them.

Shosan

Source: The Japanese Art of War

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, reality, non-duality, one, spirituality, and spiritual warrior

It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all Ways and be more and more in accord with his own.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, reality, falling, being at ease, blind masseuses, the way, spirituality, spiritual warrior, and japan

Once a group of ten blind masseuses were travelling together in the mountains, and when they began to pass along the top of the precipice, they all became very cautious, their legs shook, and they were in general struck with terror. Just then the leading man stumbled and fell off the cliff. Those that were left all wailed, "Ahh, ahh! How piteous!" But the masseuse who had fallen yelled up from below, "Don't be afraid. Although I fell, it was nothing. I am now rather at ease. Before falling I kept thinking 'What will I do when I fall?' and there was no end to my anxiety. But now I've settled down. If the rest of you want to be at ease, fall quickly!"

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, life, present moment, and spiritual warrior

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succesion of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the present moment.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, life, present moment, and spiritual warrior

Everyone lets the present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it was somewhere else. No one seems to have noticed this fact. But grasping this firmly, one must pile experience upon experience. And once one has come to this understanding he will be a different person from that point on, though he may not always bare it in mind. When one understands this settling into single-mindedness well, his affairs will thin out.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: The Hagakure

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto on bushido, zen, life, on-going practice, and spiritual warrior

It is not good to settle into a set of opinions. It is a mistake to put forth effort and obtain some understanding and then stop at that. At first putting forth great effort to be sure that you have grasped the basics, then practicing so that they may come to fruition is something that will never stop for your whole lifetime. Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, "This is not enough."

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

Source: Hagakure

Contributed by: Laurens

A Quote by Deishu on zen and spiritual warrior

If a fine sword is not constantly polished, it will never show its luster. If you don't practice, you will never be able to master universals and particulars. Plenty of people can talk about Zen, but not many can live it. Get to work!

Deishu

Source: The Sword of No Sword

Contributed by: Laurens

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