Friday, August 7, 2009

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: The Beer of Fearlessness

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

August  7, 2009

[Ed. Note: It's summer, so Ocean of Dharma is having a picnic this month. Here's something to go with the heaven and earth sandwiches.]


A warrior should be capable of artfully conducting his or her life in every action, from drinking tea to running a country. Learning how to handle fear, both how to utilize one's own fear and that of others, is what allows us to brew the beer of fearlessness. You can put all of those situations of fear and doubt into a gigantic vat and ferment them. The path of fearlessness is connected with what we do right now, today, rather than with anything theoretical or waiting for a cue from somewhere else. The basic vision of warriorship is that there is goodness in everyone. We are all good in ourselves. So we have our own warrior society within our own body. We have everything we need to make the journey already.

From SMILE AT FEAR: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery, page 67. Forthcoming from Shambhala Publications.

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"This is powerful dharma encouragement to awaken our own fearless and wise heart ­- from one of the most remarkable and brilliant teachers of modern times."  ­- Jack Kornfield

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