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SAKYONG MIPHAM is the leader of Shambhala, a global community of meditation and retreat centers. He's also an avid marathon runner who frequently retreats to study at a Tibetan monastery in India, and he writes a regular column in the Shambhala Sun.

The author of the bestselling titles "Ruling Your World" and "Turning the Mind Into an Ally," Sakyong Mipham was named one of the 30 global visionaries of our time by Planet magazine. He spends his time teaching all over the world, using his unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives to the benefit of his students in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit:

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Chaos Is Good News

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 1:21 PM

I asked my father, the meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "If everything is basic goodness, why is life so confusing?" It seemed to me that the world was becoming ever more crowded, speedy, anxious, and intense. People were acting less compassionate, more aggressive, and more prideful. Society seemed painful, competitive,...

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Keep It Simple

(5) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the spiritual head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. In this new book, The Shambhala Principle, he discusses his relationship with his father and teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

When I became overwhelmed, I would ask my father what to do....

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Karma and Smartphones: How to Use Technology From a Buddhist Perspective

(64) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 8:14 AM

Since the mind can endlessly produce thoughts, clearly it has the potential to endlessly produce new products. Like thoughts, they may not necessarily be helpful or beneficial. In the past, technological culture-changers like the telephone and electricity took a long time to produce and cultures had more time to absorb...

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Overcoming Self-Aggression

(68) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 1:27 PM

My father, Chögyam Trungpa, who brought the Shambhala principle to the modern world, was a great believer in humanity. In both the East and the West, he was always synthesizing the knowledge that he had gained, seeking to understand and compare not only what the Buddha had taught,...

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Manifesto on Basic Goodness

(17) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Inspired by the teachings in "The Shambhala Principle," a group of my students gathered to create this manifesto:

We want to live in a world of peace and goodness. We want a world where the highest values are tolerance, generosity, creativity, kindness and fearlessness rather than self-absorption,...

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A Buddhist Prayer for Boston

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 4:18 PM

It was devastating and heartbreaking to hear about the bombing of the Boston Marathon. I clearly remember running that race myself, in similar running conditions, with the sun shining and enthusiasm streaming from the city. It is one of the most venerated sporting events in the United States -- athletic...

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5 Tips for Running With the Mind of Meditation

(10) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 9:00 AM

When I began running, naturally I found myself applying the principles of meditation to my exercise. For me, this seems natural because running is a training of the body, and meditation is a training of the mind. Ideally, we do not have to decide which is better. Both are natural...

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