Shambhala Warriors

To be a spiritual warrior,
 one must have a broken heart;
 without a broken heart
 and the sense of tenderness and vulnerability 
that is in one’s self and all others, 
your warriorship is untrustworthy.
(Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche)

No sé muy bien quien soy, qué soy, porqué soy… sólo sé que soy lo que tengo que ser, y va evolucionando a cada momento. ¿Soy un espíritu en forma humana o una humana con habilidades espirituales? ¿O quizás soy las dos cosas?
Me gustaría que la gente conociera la existencia del mundo espiritual, de su existencia desde los inicios de la humanidad y del gran poder que tiene. No quiero cambiar nada, no soy quién para cambiar nada. Sólo quiero darlo a conocer y luego, cada uno es libre de decidir qué opción tomar. Siempre pienso que el chamanismo ha sido perseguido y medio aniquilado, porque es algo incontrolable por el ser humano, y esa falta de control sobre algo más grande que nosotros, no les interesa mucho a los gobernantes. – Sìlvia

Cuando me preguntaste por primera vez que es por mi ser un guerrero de Shambhala me llevaste lejos y también me aparté, porqué muchas veces reconocerse parece doler, cargarse algo… Shambhala está desde siempre en y con nosotros y hoy en estos tiempos de ilusoria desconexión llega como un viento a despejar las nubes a través la acción de sus guerreros, de sus guerreras. Acción de práctica y honradez al trabajo personal, al disfrute, a la risa hacia uno mismo. Ya no es la época de los predicadores. Es tiempo de estar solo en el ahora, recordando la ignorancia de nuestra visión que solo se vuelve ilimitada en la abrazo con nuestra energía del corazón, de lo interno y profundo. Mi clave está en la naturaleza, en acercar a Ella, en acompañar a enamorarse de Ella. Siento que mi don de Shambhala es el contacto con lo primigenio de este planeta. Shambhala es l’emblema de la tabla de Esmeralda que vuelve a abrir sus puertas para quien quiera volver a la unidad. – Dario

Ich wünsche mir für diese neue Generation, dass sie in einer Welt lebt, wo Demokratie herrscht, kein Rassenhass und kein Radikalismus und wo der Klimawandel uns nicht alle vorzeitig überrollt. Vor 50 Jahren kamen für drei Tage in Woodstock ca. 600 000 junge Menschen mit dem Traum und der Hoffnung einer neuen Welt zusammen: liebevoll, gewaltfrei, poetisch und gerecht sollte sie sein. Lasst uns den Traum nach einem halben Jahrhundert zu Ende träumen und endlich wahr werden. – Beate

El simple acto de comer es tan emocional, tan cotidiano, tan social que representa una conexión personal de maravilla para cambiar nuestros hábitos. Y porque, precisamente, la alimentación sostenible mueve los cambios que necesitamos: una economía circular, territorial, que nos reconecta con la tierra. – Alex

I was born with a strong sense of social and environmental justice and when I experience injustice, whether personally or empathetically; I feel compelled to do something about it. It is second nature.  I have always felt compelled to fight for the rights of people and the planet we live on.  I think it is inherent in all of us, this will to bring balance and goodness to our surroundings but it is like all things, it must be practiced and taught. – Tori

Existe un lugar el la Tierra donde…
tu Hacer busca una coherencia con tu Ser.
Dónde entre caídas y vuelos de despliega el ministerio de la Vida.
Dónde tus recuerdos ancestrales te guían y tu corazón te susurra.
Dónde tus manos crean, comparten y experimentan.
Dónde tus manos se unen en un círculo para bailar la canción del „girotondo“. – Marianna

Por eso entrar en la oscuridad de la vida daba miedo y también tranquilidad. Mi madre me acompañaba y algo en mí se sentía a salvo. Podía recorrer el lugar oscuro sabiendo del peligro acechante, y también del final victorioso de la heroína que se salvaba de la temible oscuridad. No recuerdo si el lobo me daba pena. Creo que no. Ni pena, ni empatía. El lobo moría en la noche del final del cuento y revivía cuando volvía a ser contado a la noche siguiente. Lobos, brujas, ogros, madrastras, gente peligrosa. Heroínas, héroes, ancianas, magos, hadas, todo junto, mezclado con magia en el bosque de mi infancia. – Dinorah

Les llavors volen pel vent.
Algunes germinen, d’altres no els hi cal.
Tot té el seu ordre.
Cada gest, cada acte és per a tots.
Per petit que aparentment sembli, sempre és per a tots.
Descobrir els dons que ens brinda la vida és un camí.
Descobrir-te,
estimar-te i
compartir-te és un camí.
I com una eruga, quan per un moment sembla que estàs perdut, t’adones que el camí es va dibuixant sota els teus peus.
Aquí, aquí és on resideix la força. – Eduard

Me siento agradecida porque esa lucha es parte de la vida que tengo ahora.
Indiana mi yegua fue mi puente a dejar asfalto y le estaré siempre agradecida, para mí ella fue la Guerrera de Shambahala y yo su discípula. Un mundo mejor será en el momento que todos pisen la tierra y sientan que somos parte de un todo. Y sí, hay esperanza.“ – Susanna

Project description

When I first started photographing Shambhala warriors, both they and I had to get used to the term „warrior“. The people you see and whose words you read here, are far from being violent. On the contrary, many of them have withdrawn from fighting for career and prestige. Instead, they walk their own path, the path of love. Nevertheless, I find the term „warrior“ as used in the old Tibetan text to be suitable. Because with the courage of their heart these women and men are committed to what is right, most of them against resistance. With their courage they help to heal our world.
They are brave because they have chosen a path that is not mapped out. Almost everyone gave up their well-paid and „safe“ job to devote themselves to what is their calling. They narrate stories or sing about the sea, they bring people together with animals, plants and the world of the spirits. They fight for children to learn with dignity and freedom. As the old text says, one of their weapons is compassion, the other is the deep knowledge about the connectedness of all life. They draw their strength from this knowledge, and yet their path is not easy.
All the friends I photographed for this project were confused by the fact that I think they are special. I am very happy and grateful that nevertheless everyone agreed to participate, and that I can publish their thoughts and show their portraits. My hope for this project is that my friends encourage Shambhala warriors out there, to listen to their hearts and bravely walk their own path. Because I know that you are many. I also know that swimming against the current is difficult when you feel like you are alone. But you aren’t, these men and women walk with you.
The legend says: „Shambhala warriors know that the dangers that threaten all life on earth do not come from extraterrestrial powers, satanic deities or the providence of an evil fate. They grow from our decisions, from our way of life and from our relationships.“ A small virus is just showing us how true that is, how closely everything is connected, it evokes compassion for people we don’t even know. Now is a good time to follow the Shambhala warrior’s path.

The legend of the Shambhala Warriors

„There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Barbarian powers have arisen. Although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in common: weapons of unfathomable devastation and technologies that lay waste the world. It is now, when the future of all beings hangs by the frailest of threads, that the kingdom of Shambhala emerges. You cannot go there, for it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of the Shambhala warriors. But you cannot recognize a Shambhala warrior by sight, for there is no uniform or insignia, there are no banners. And there are no barricades from which to threaten the enemy, for the Shambhala warriors have no land of their own. Always they move on the terrain of the barbarians themselves.

Now comes the time when great courage is required of the Shambhala warriors, moral and physical courage. For they must go into the very heart of the barbarian power and dismantle the weapons. To remove these weapons, in every sense of the word, they must go into the corridors of power where the decisions are made.“

The Shambhala warriors know they can do this because the weapons are manomaya, mind-made. This is very important to remember. These weapons are made by the human mind. So they can be unmade by the human mind! The Shambhala warriors know that the dangers that threaten life on Earth do not come from evil deities or extraterrestrial powers. They arise from our own choices and relationships. So, now, the Shambhala warriors must go into training.

„How do they train?“ I asked.

„They train in the use of two weapons. The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary. We need this first one,“ he said, lifting his right hand, „because it provides us the fuel, it moves us out to act on behalf of other beings. But by itself it can burn us out. So we need the second as well, which is insight into the dependent co-arising of all things. It lets us see that the battle is not between good people and bad people, for the line between good and evil runs through every human heart. We realize that we are interconnected, as in a web, and that each act with pure motivation affects the entire web, bringing consequences we cannot measure or even see. But insight alone,“ he said, „can seem too cool to keep us going. So we need as well the heat of compassion, our openness to the world’s pain. Both weapons or tools are necessary to the Shambhala warrior.“ (A Tibetan Legend)

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