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Equanimity in Uncertain Times
Photo courtesy of Aarthi Tejuja

Photo courtesy of Aarthi Tejuja

By Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

There are many layers to the process of enlightened society and how it manifests—and how we manifest it ourselves and in our own lives. Now we are at the point where we are looking at how we can manifest it at an earthly and global level…. We have our own work and jobs and so forth, but I don’t think we can underestimate the power of the drala. I don’t think we can underestimate the power of the Rigden at this particular time.

As the economy seems to worsen and as we go forward, we need to have more equanimity altogether – not a passive equanimity, but more the notion of really being able to mature and understand the insidious level of hope and fear that we experience these days, and how our practices can actually bring about a level of strengthening and stabilization.

My feeling, obviously, is that we do have something to offer, but if we are going to offer it, it cannot just be at just a light level of social decorum. There has to be actually some power and some depth to it. All of us intrinsically see it and experience it, and certainly most of you have experienced it with the Dorje Dradul. But we have to believe in it and deepen it.

If we can demonstrate that principle of equanimity, that would be a lot to offer to the world at this particular time, when there is a lot of fear and a lot of intellectual discursiveness going on. I think this particular grounding principle is the transmission that we can offer to the world.

For further teachings on equanimity in uncertain times, listen to the Sakyong’s shamatha audience, recorded on May 2 in Boulder, Colorado:

These days it is easy to see the practicality of meditation because there are a lot of highs and lows–maybe more lows than highs–and meditation fosters equanimity.


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
May 2, 2009
Boulder, Colorado

On April 13, shortly after his return to Halifax from Orissa, India, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche spoke to the Halifax sangha at a Werma feast. This excerpt from his talk is the first of what we plan to be ongoing dispatches from the Sakyong as he visits various centres in the mandala.

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4 responses to “ Equanimity in Uncertain Times ”
  1. K.Jameel Ahmed
    Mar 8, 2010

    Let’s spread Equality by Equanimity

  2. robert horton
    May 9, 2009

    great teachings
    please set up like you have so folks with dial up ( ie poor)
    can right click and download
    that would be very helpful to many
    thank you
    robert horton

  3. We at the Israel Shambhala Meditation Group listened to the Sakyong’s shamatha instruction session from Boulder at our last gathering, last Thursday. It was wonderful. I second Sarah’s appreciation for more accessible teachings. E Ma Ho!

  4. Sarah Farash
    May 8, 2009

    Thank you for posting the May 2nd, ’09 audio message from the Sakyong. The increased accessibility of teachings via internet helped bring a gentle reminder of confidence and awakefullness to what has seemed a day of sticky mind-messes! :)

    Many blessings to those whose efforts came together to make the event and posted recording clear and accessible.

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