SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE http://www.sakyong.com The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:44:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sakyong to Launch Running With the Mind Online Courses and Community http://www.sakyong.com/sakyong-to-launch-running-with-the-mind-online-courses-and-community/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 23:00:52 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=3547 The post Sakyong to Launch Running With the Mind Online Courses and Community appeared first on SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE.

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On Saturday, February 27th, the Sakyong’s RWTM team launched a Kickstarter campaign which aims to seed an online course and membership site, supporting runners and meditators around the globe who are seeking to experience the benefits of mindful exercise.

Josh Weinstein—head of the RWTM online project—says, “Just like the yoga movement, this is a new way for people to do an old thing…take care of themselves.”

“The Sakyong is an inspirational figure to hundreds of thousands. Our goal is to bring his teaching and innovative practice to more than 20 million dedicated runners around the world and to anyone committed to improving their health and wellbeing.”

SMR Running Book Photo

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The Gongter Abhishekas Begin! http://www.sakyong.com/the-gongter-abhishekas-begin/ Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:57:42 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=3440 His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche bestows the empowerments and transmissions for the complete collection of his gongter, or mind treasures, on the Kongma Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche at Rigon Tashi Choeling in Pharpeng, Nepal. See full articles on the empowerments…

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His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche bestows the empowerments and transmissions for the complete collection of his gongter, or mind treasures, on the Kongma Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche at Rigon Tashi Choeling in Pharpeng, Nepal.

See full articles on the empowerments here!

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Letter to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church http://www.sakyong.com/letter-to-emanuel-african-methodist-episcopal-church/ Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:59:21 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=3325 The Sakyong, having just emerged from leading a deep retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center, wants to share with the Shambhala community the following letter he has written to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Letter to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church…

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The Sakyong, having just emerged from leading a deep retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center, wants to share with the Shambhala community the following letter he has written to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Letter to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

To the congregation of Mother Emanuel, and to the families and loved ones of the recently deceased, I write to you from deep meditation retreat in Colorado, with sadness and compassion in my heart.

Accidents can strike suddenly. Sickness can slowly wither our body and spirit. Natural disasters leave us in a state of panic at the elemental power of the world. But in facing terrorism arising through the poison of racism, we are shocked into a state of horror — personally experiencing humanity at its most violent.

In this time of instability and extreme challenge, where can we find refuge? What can transcend these illusory boundaries of race, ethnic origin, personal background, or orientation of any sort?

Our only reliable source of strength is the goodness of our hearts. Our only foundation for coming to terms with the suffering of the times is our innate need to be decent human beings.

All of humanity has this worthiness, locked deep beneath the layers of hope and fear. I write to you today from that fundamental place, in the midst of our loved ones being taken from us, and our very identity being stripped away. Underneath the bewilderment, grief, and anger, we find ourselves questioning the whole thing — our ground has been shaken.

However, when we come this close to senseless terror, we begin to glimpse our true nature — goodness — and we remember the goodness of those we have lost. We see this kind of bravery in the profound forgiveness voiced by the families of those who were killed in South Carolina. This is such an example of basic goodness and the power of forgiveness, right in the midst of the most ruthless violence and pain.

We must find and reside on that innate ground of human goodness in order to move through the darkness of this age. We must take refuge in the warmth of human decency in order to weather the pain and confusion that assaults the sanctuary of our very heart. We must join together in wisdom and kindness to combat the senseless terror we see all around us.

With profound love,

The Sakyong
June 28, 2015

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CBS Religion & Culture covers the Sakyong’s visit to Chicago http://www.sakyong.com/cbs-religion-culture-covers-the-sakyongs-visit-to-chicago/ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:50:19 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=3312 Three years ago, the Sakyong challenged Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center to bring peace, hope and empowerment to their surrounding community. In May, the Sakyong visited Chicago again and he spoke about making peace possible at Fourth Presbyterian Church, checked in with community members…

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Three years ago, the Sakyong challenged Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center to bring peace, hope and empowerment to their surrounding community. In May, the Sakyong visited Chicago again and he spoke about making peace possible at Fourth Presbyterian Church, checked in with community members and faith leaders of Englewood, and delivered a community talk at Shambhala Chicago.  CBS Religion & Culture covered the Sakyong’s visit to Chicago as a part of a documentary that looks at mindfulness and meditation in today’s society. The piece will air on June 28th on CBS.  Follow this link Facebook.com/CBSReligion to see when the broadcast airs in your town or cbsnews.com/religion-and-culture to watch online starting the 28th of June.

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Nepal Solidarity Day http://www.sakyong.com/nepal-solidarity-day/ Fri, 01 May 2015 17:44:32 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=3223 Message from The Sakyong: “I write to you today with a full heart of compassion for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Reports continue to flood the media, telling us of the innumerable children who now find themselves without…

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Message from The Sakyong:

“I write to you today with a full heart of compassion for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Reports continue to flood the media, telling us of the innumerable children who now find themselves without parents, the broken families without homes, and the isolated villages without access to aid.

In the midst of this disaster, please join me in meditation and prayer for the people of Nepal. Let us gather in silence to offer our wishes for healing and wellbeing, bearing witness to the suffering of our Nepalese brothers and sisters.

The Sakyong Wangmo and I would like to offer our Shambhala centres around the world as quiet and sacred spaces to bear witness and offer compassion to the suffering in Nepal, and other places, such as Baltimore, experiencing turmoil.”

Shambhala Centres and groups around the world will be opening their doors to the people in their cities and neighborhoods so that we may unite as a global community in this challenging time, practicing sitting meditation, sessions of the compassionate practice of Tong Len (sending and taking), and walking meditation or shamatha yoga throughout the day.

To find the Shambhala Centre closest to you, visit http://shambhala.org/centres/find-shambhala-centre/.

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Nepal Earthquake: hold Nepalese people in your hearts http://www.sakyong.com/nepal-earthquake-hold-nepalese-people-in-your-hearts/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:17:39 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=3208 Dear Shambhala Community: Since hearing the news of the earthquake and aftershocks yesterday, the Sakyong Wangmo and I have engaged in practice and prayer for the families and people of Nepal. The Sakyong Wangmo spoke with His Eminence, Namkha Drimed…

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Dear Shambhala Community:

Since hearing the news of the earthquake and aftershocks yesterday, the Sakyong Wangmo and I have engaged in practice and prayer for the families and people of Nepal.

The Sakyong Wangmo spoke with His Eminence, Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, who is in Kathmandu at the Ripa family residence. The Rigon Tashi Choling monastery in nearby Pharpeng sustained minimal damage and no one in the Ripa family or monastery was injured in any way.

The situation in Nepal is very difficult and communication with the rest of the world is still sporadic. We ask that you all hold the Nepalese and Tibetan community in your hearts and personal practice during the coming weeks. In particular, chanting the Seven-Line Supplication to Padmakara and the Shambhala protector practices would be very helpful.

Thank you for supporting our brothers and sisters in Nepal.

 

With love and blessings,

The Kongma Sakyong

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Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo Expecting Third Child http://www.sakyong.com/sakyong-and-sakyong-wangmo-expecting-third-child/ Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:42:56 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=2851   The Kalapa Court is delighted to announce that the Kongma Sakyong, Jampal Trinley Dradül, and the Sakyong Wangmo, Dechen Chöying Sangmo are expecting the birth of their third child in the Spring of 2015. The Sakyong Wangmo is in…

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The Kalapa Court is delighted to announce that the Kongma Sakyong, Jampal Trinley Dradül, and the Sakyong Wangmo, Dechen Chöying Sangmo are expecting the birth of their third child in the Spring of 2015. The Sakyong Wangmo is in good health and shares the delight of the Sakyong and the Princesses in this auspicious news.

In our community, the continuity of teachings is held within the sacred bonds of family lineage—gently and fearlessly passed from parent to child. Let us celebrate the growth of the Royal Family for the strength and continuity of the Shambhala tradition of basic goodness.

We may wish to gather to hold celebratory lhasangs as described below. May joy in the expansion of our lineage pervade all of our practices and may all beings enjoy Profound, Brilliant Glory. KI KI SO SO!

Recite the Homage chant 3 times
Then, arrange a lhasang and chant:

HRIH
The virtuous mark, the great banner of inspiring windhorse,
And these clouds of offerings of all desirable things
We offer to you, great being Gesar with your retinue.
Fulfill all our wishes; be victorious in all directions.
Copyright Nalanda Translation Committee. All rights reserved.

Circle the lhasang smoke while chanting:

KI KI, SO SO ASHE LHA GYE LO TAK SENG KHUNG DRUK DI YAR KYE!

 

To read more on lhasang practice, please visit: http://shambhalatimes.org/2014/02/24/the-magic-of-lhasang/

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De Sakyong spreekt op het Bright Now Festival in Amsterdam http://www.sakyong.com/de-sakyong-spreekt-op-het-bright-now-festival-in-amsterdam/ Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:04:01 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=2811 De Sakyong spreekt op het Bright Now Festival in Amsterdam over optimisme en over de fundamentele goedheid van de mens. The Optimist stelde hem vier vragen. See the full Q&A HERE   Dit weekend vindt in Amsterdam het Bright Now Festival plaats.…

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De Sakyong spreekt op het Bright Now Festival in Amsterdam over optimisme en over de fundamentele goedheid van de mens. The Optimist stelde hem vier vragen.

See the full Q&A HERE

 

Dit weekend vindt in Amsterdam het Bright Now Festival plaats. Vragen die centraal staan op dit festival zijn: hoe kunnen we goede, menselijk samenleving ontwikkelen? Elkaar met open hart ontmoeten? En de wereld in een positieve richting bewegen?

Eén van de belangrijke sprekers op het festival is Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Als Tibetaanse boeddhist staat hij aan het hoofd van Shambhala, een wereldwijd netwerk van meditatie- en retraitecentra. De Shambhala-leer is gebaseerd op het idee dat mensen beschikken over een aangeboren goedheid. Sakyong betekent ‘koning’ in het Tibetaans, of letterlijk: beschermer van de aarde. The Optimist mocht de Sakyong vier vragen stellen.

1. Uw laatste boek is uitgekomen in een bloedige zomer: van het Midden-Oosten tot Europa steken conflicten de kop op. Ondertussen heerst er toenemende bezorgdheid over het milieu. Toch stelt u dat de ‘menselijk aard’ en ‘menselijke samenlevingen’ in principe ‘goed’ zijn. Hoe verzoent u dat met elkaar?

‘De verstoringen in het milieu, en de negativiteit die oprijst uit de conflicten wereldwijd, zijn symptomen van een dieperliggend probleem. Namelijk: een fundamenteel onvermogen om onze wezenlijke goedheid en waarden te herkennen. Waardigheid en kracht horen bij de aard van mensen, van de menselijke soort. Ze zijn de kern van wie wij zijn. Maar als we dat vergeten, voelen we ons onzeker. Daaruit komt woede voort, en dat leidt weer ertoe dat we een cyclus in gang zetten en in stand houden waarin we onszelf en anderen schaden. We verwaarlozen het milieu en proberen ons af te zonderen van de samenleving. Juist daarom is het terugvinden van onze intrinsieke waardigheid de grootste uitdaging van deze tijd. We staan op een kruispunt: zijn we in staat om over onszelf na te denken en te herontdekken wat we waard zijn? Of hebben we onze menselijkheid al opgegeven?
Als we inzien dat onze natuur goed en compleet is, is het mogelijk met goedheid en mededogen te handelen. Dan kunnen we anderen en onszelf waarderen, dan bekommeren we ons om het milieu. Stel je eens voor dat dit op wereldschaal gebeurt.’

2. Hoe is dan de behoefte aan oorlog en conflict te verklaren? En, evenzo, de behoefte om oorlog en conflict door middel van geweld op te lossen (zoals president Obama nu probeert te doen)? 

‘Fouten zijn onvermijdelijk. Onze verschillen zullen ons dwingen samen sterk te worden, maar dat is een moeilijke weg. Toch is het aan ons terug te keren tot de kern van ons bestaan, het vertrouwen in onze wezenlijke goedheid en kracht terug te vinden. Wanneer we diep in onszelf kijken, zien we wijsheid en kwetsbaarheid. Reageren we door naar de wereld uit te halen? Of richten we onze aandacht op de gezonde verhoudingen die een harmonieuze samenleving uitmaken? Het is veel moeilijker iets op te bouwen dan iets af te breken, maar we moeten de zaken op de lange termijn bekijken, en proberen om voor komende generaties een basis voor een stabiele en harmonieuze samenleving te creëren. Hoe krijgen we dat voor elkaar? Door goedheid, wijsheid en vastberadenheid.’

3. Hoe ziet u de rol van de media in hun berichtgeving over wat er in de wereld gebeurt, vooral als het gaat om oorlogsgebieden?

‘Bewustmaking van lijden, wanhoop en ongelijkheid is op zich een goede zaak, omdat dit de weg vrijmaakt voor een beter inzicht, voor mededogen en hopelijk actie. Er moet echter ook aandacht zijn voor menselijke vooruitgang en successen.’

 

See the full Q&A HERE

 

Full interview in English:

 

1. Your book comes out against the backdrop of a bloody summer: conflicts are on the rise from the Middle East to Europe, and meanwhile, more and more sound the alarm about our impact on the planet. Yet, you claim “human nature” and “human societies” are in principle good. How do you reconcile your point of view with how many people view the world around us now?

The disharmony we experience in the environment and the negativity we see in conflicts throughout the world are symptoms of a deeper issue. At a fundamental level, we are failing to recognize our own inherent goodness and worth. As a species on planet earth, our nature is dignity and strength. This is the core of who we are. When we forget this fact, we feel insecure. Anger arises, and we perpetuate a cycle of pain through harming ourselves and others. We ignore the environment and attempt to separate ourselves from society. In this way, remembering our intrinsic dignity is the most important issue of our time.

We are at a crossroads. Can we self-reflect and discover our own worthiness? Or have we already given up on the human heart?

When we see that our nature is good and complete, we act with kindness and compassion. Then, we have the ability to appreciate ourselves and others, and we care for the environment. Imagine if this occurred on a global level.

2. If people are in principle good, how do we explain the desire for war and conflict? And, similarly, how do we explain the desire to end war and conflict by violent means (like President Obama is now attempting to do)?

We will always make mistakes. And our differences will force us to grow strong together, which is a path fraught with difficulty. However, it is up to us to return to the focus of our lives—trust in our inherent kindness and strength. When we strip away the layers of our being, we find wisdom and vulnerability. Do we react by lashing out at the world? Or do we reach for the healthy relationships that make up a harmonious society?

It is much harder to build something than to tear it down. But we must take a long-term perspective. We should focus on creating the foundation of a stable and harmonious society for generations to come. How do we accomplish this? Through kindness, wisdom, and determination.

3. How do you see the role of the media in reporting about what’s happening in the world, especially when it comes to reporting about war zones?

Promoting awareness about suffering, despair, or inequality can be positive in that it allows for greater understanding, compassion, and hopefully action to occur. However, there must be reporting on human progress and triumphs as well.

4. Is it possible for those using the horrible violence we’re now witnessing at the IS, to discover their “hidden treasure” of fundamental goodness? If so, how? And, is there a way for others (us) to help them?

Every moment presents an opportunity to recognize the core of humanity—whether one is a bus driver, the president of a nation, or a murderer. In each instant, we can stop and reflect on who we are and what we are doing with our life. Even in the direst situations, when people are given the opportunity to discover their humanity, the possibility of it coming through can occur. By creating a global culture where humanity itself is respected, rather than simply our own agenda, we create a greater tendency for qualities such as empathy and wisdom to come about. The acts of aggression being experienced all over the world are not isolated occurrences. We all play a part in the health of our global community. We are in this together and we all have the opportunity to shift the degradation of our time to a stronger and brighter future.

I think this moment is an invitation for all of us to reflect on who we are and where we are headed as a species.

 

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I’m a Runner http://www.sakyong.com/im-runner/ Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:28:28 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=2752 Back in February, the Sakyong and Michele Moses from Runner’s World got together to talk about running, meditation, and deepening our experience of life. See the full article and video here.

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Back in February, the Sakyong and Michele Moses from Runner’s World got together to talk about running, meditation, and deepening our experience of life.
See the full article and video here.

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Sakyong Bestows Inaugural Friend of Shambhala Award http://www.sakyong.com/sakyong-bestows-inaugural-friend-shambhala-award/ Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:28:35 +0000 http://www.sakyong.com/?p=2691 Governor Shumlin of Vermont receives the inaugural ‘Friend of Shambhala Award’ from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche On Tuesday June 3rd, in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the Vermont Statehouse, Shambhala Buddhist leader and best-selling author Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, presented the first…

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Sakyong in Vermont

Governor Shumlin of Vermont receives the inaugural ‘Friend of Shambhala Award’ from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

On Tuesday June 3rd, in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the Vermont Statehouse, Shambhala Buddhist leader and best-selling author Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, presented the first ever “Friend of Shambhala” award to Governor Peter Shumlin and the people of Vermont, in recognition of the state’s continuing role in creating and propagating a climate of inclusivity and compassion for all Vermonters, and its historic role as the birthplace of what is now a strong Shambhala Buddhist community throughout the US.

Fifty students of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche were on hand to witness the Friend of Shambhala Award presentation to the Governor and three members of his Cabinet. The Award reads in part:

This award honors the people and institutions of Vermont for their commitment to the inherent dignity and worth of the human being. Vermont offers a generous spirit of welcome to people from all walks of life and beliefs. It fosters human community as a rich resource of care and connection, providing a safety net for all those in need including a livable wage and meaningful work, as well as quality, affordable and accessible patient-centered healthcare.

To read the full article, please visit Shambhalatimes.org

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