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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is unique in that he bridges two worlds—Asian and Western—having been brought up in both cultures. The Sakyong is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is the recgnized incarnation of Mipham the Great, a renowned Nyingma scholar and meditation master. As part of the Mukpo clan of eastern Tibet, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche descends from the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling.

In the West, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche serves as temporal and spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is an avid poet, artist and athlete, and writer. He has written two books: the national bestseller, Turning the Mind into an Ally, and Ruling Your World.  The Shambhala Sun is honored to have had him as a regular contributor to its pages. Here you'll find a collection of his always-popular articles from the magazine.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the Shambhala Sun

Time to Be Pragmatic

Intention is what sets our direction in life, and meditation is the way to hone it. But as Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche says, we need to be realistic about how high to set the bar for ourselves.

How to do Mindfulness Meditation

“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible. Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.”

Becoming a Buddhist

“When we take refuge in the Buddha, we mean the qualities of the Buddha that are inherent within us. We are taking refuge in our own intrinsic enlightenment.”

How to Be a Peacemaker

To bring peace to the world, each of us must take on the responsibility of discovering inner peace, says Sakyong Mipham, and the first step in the process is to develop a meditative discipline.

Peace in the Fast Lane

Uncovering our inherent peaceful nature and cultivating its qualities in our daily lives, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is essential for the survival of humanity.

Ready, Steady, Go

One of the crucial qualities of the bodhisattva warrior, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is the steadiness of mind that fosters strength and confidence. We harness the energy of mind through the practice of meditation.

The Jewel You Carry With You

Even beyond diamonds and rubies, the most valuable gem is the compassionate, loving nature of your own being. Sakyong Mipham on uncovering this treasure.

The Path Through Obstacles

Obstacles aren’t to be avoided. When we apply the right antidotes, they are the path itself. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche diagnoses the different types of obstacles we face and prescribes the proper remedies.

Contemplating Compassion

Generating compassion is the most effective way to put our meditation into action, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, but it isn’t an easy thing to do. By using contemplative meditation, we can turn the thought of compassion into a reality.

There's No "I" in Happy

If “What about me?” is the thought that rules our day, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, then we are setting ourselves up for a life of fearfulness and struggle. Real happiness comes freom putting others first.

From Seed to Bloom

Bodhichitta, the seed of enlightenment, grows where it’s cultivated. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche explains six traditional contemplations for developing awakened heart.

It's All in Your Mind

The mind is where we live, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, it is how we experience things. Through the practice of meditation, we see past the superficial waves of discursiveness and discover the noble qualities that are the true nature of mind.

Good Mind

Underlying all our discursiveness and dramas, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, are inherent qualities of peacefulness, compassion, and clarity that we can access through meditation practice.

The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel

Virtue, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is like the legendary jewel that fulfills all our wishes. By meditating on and practicing the virtues of wisdom and compassion, we make our lives meaningful, happy, and successful.

The Mind of the Dragon and the Power of Non-Self

The mind of the dragon is powerful, vast, and skillful. That’s because it sees the emptiness of all things, both self and other. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on how to bring the wisdom of the dragon’s mind into our lives.

A Reign of Goodness

A peaceful, stable world is built on freedom of mind and openness of heart, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The place to begin is with our own basic goodness.


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