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The Community Will Thrive
Shambhala Day messages from the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo
“Mistakes happen because of the nature of humanity. If we create a community that can work with mistakes, and have enough depth to deal with those challenges, then the community will thrive. As challenges arise, we will be tested to our core. Can we engender the principles that we hold so dear?  Kindness and patience are not just niceties. They are actually the fabric of our survival. We are fortunate because we have these words. But now it is time to build a culture based upon the meaning of these words.” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

“What I’ve noticed about life is that it’s hard to push pause. Whether we like it or not, it keeps going. We recognize that we are on a journey. When we look up at the sky, we realize that to be on such a journey is a miracle. Today is about appreciating that miraculousness.” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
“As we know, the world is a very challenging place. As Shambhalians, we are not separate from these challenges, but we are very fortunate to have a way to handle them: by embodying dignity, kindness and care. Manifesting these principles as a community is important because it is an example for our children and for our future generations.” The Sakyong Wangmo

Celebrating Shambhala Day in Boulder

“In the dark sky, the moon comes out, and it is soothing. Can we, in the darkness, be that moonbeam of cool, sentient kindness? Can we manifest that? I believe we can, and it has happened. That is the inspiration of Shambhala: a community that, in the darkness, is able to find the light within and shine it. May we be a community that is able to be kind to each other.  May we create a culture based on this. As a Shambhala community, may we extend this out to the world. May the moonlight of kindness extend around the whole world, soothing the pain and suffering. May this come from the core of our being.” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

For more from the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day address, please click here.
For more video from the day’s events, try this page too.

Photos by Breton Hoagland, Shambhala Day 2018
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