Making the Impossible Possible
“Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s make the impossible possible,” said the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, in his Shambhala Day address this weekend. “Enlightened Society seems like an impossible mission… What we are doing is something that may have never been done before. That is our duty and delight.”
“The Dorje Dradul was looking at the most profound teachings that he received. He said unless this is transmitted — the basic core of who we are as humans and as beings on this planet — unless we feel confident in that, the literal future of what this planet can be is in peril.”
The Sakyong spoke of the many responses that he had already received to his “Letter of the Morning Sun” and said that he was pleased to give people a further three months for contemplation and response to the three questions he had asked. “I encourage everyone to please keep writing and responding,” he said. “This is a wonderful way of reflecting.”
Watch the full broadcast of the Sakyong’s 22-minute address below, as well as the address of the Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Sakyong Wangmo and the President of Shambhala.
Download Introduction by the Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Lady Diana Mukpo.
Download The Sakyong’s 2011 Shambhala Day Address
Download The Sakyong Wangmo’s address, followed by President Reoch’s presentation “Raising the Tide for Shambhala” and a video montage of all the participating Centres.
A feature of this year’s broadcast was a short, four-minute hand-drawn film by the President giving a graphic overview of Shambhala’s global economy. View video on Shambhala Times.
“I had no idea how true it was when I said in that film that the tide was rising,” the President said. He reported that the mandala of the Scorpion Seal practitioners and other donors had already given more than $120,000 to welcome the Sakyong back and fulfill his vision. He invited the rest of the mandala to boost that total to $250,000. Early reports indicate that the community has exceeded that target, and every effort is being made to collect information from all centres and groups as quickly as possible.
Further news and photographs from the events in Boulder will continue to be published this week on the Shambhala Times.