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May 05
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Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom

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Reflections on favorite passages from a book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

by Susan Firer

I’ve been re-reading the book, The Shambhala Principle, written by my teacher Sakyong Mipham, who is the head of Shambhala. I would like to share a few passages that I try to keep in mind.

“If we hold to the belief that humanity has already failed, and try to limit the damage with a mediocre social vision, we are surrendering to an underlying belief that humanity is bad. When we stop believing in humanity’s possibilities, we stop building our future. If we have the bravery to proclaim basic goodness and move beyond our doubt about humanity, it will be harder for evil to arise.” Continue…

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Like a Lion Licking Your Face

Like a Lion Licking Your Face – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Acharya Noel McLellan originally published on broken leaf The path of the Lion is connected with discipline and joy. Do the words “discipline and joy” go together for you? Here, discipline is not about rules and their enforcement. The outer level of form, rules, protocols, manners, ... continue
Posted March 18, 2015 by
True Listening

True Listening – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche It is said that when the Buddha first taught, two deer approached, knelt down, and raised their ears. They symbolize the act of listening, a sublime way of being present in the moment. Their perked-up ears represent keen attentiveness. Their bodies kneeling ... continue
Posted March 16, 2015 by
Steadfast Clear Seeing

Steadfast Clear Seeing – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Ani Pema Chodron originally published in Shambhala Sun As we meditate, we are nurturing five qualities that begin to come forth over the months and years that we practice. You might find it helpful to reconnect with these qualities whenever you ask yourself, “Why am I ... continue
Posted February 28, 2015 by
Obstacles Arise

Obstacles Arise – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche In meditation, we are on a journey from here to there — to whatever we are trying to accomplish, be it mindfulness, peace, or compassion. We are developing the ability to have fuller experience of our lives. But as we gain understanding ... continue
Posted February 13, 2015 by
Becoming One With Dharma

Becoming One With Dharma – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche We often bring the dharma into our life only when things come to a painful point — when we are facing a crossroads or experiencing confusion. Then we go into our library, dust off a book and crack it open. We try ... continue
Posted January 5, 2015 by
Natural Brilliance

Natural Brilliance – HIGHLIGHT

Leading from Within by Irini Rockwell We are singing the same song, in different languages. The Awake in the World online conference sponsored by Shambhala Mountain Center reached 80,000 people. Acharya Susan Skjei, talking about leadership, addressed three components: presence, engagement, and leading change. Acharya Fleet Maul, talking ... continue
Posted December 26, 2014 by
Bravery = Showing Up

Bravery = Showing Up – HIGHLIGHT

Monthly Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche These days I am struck by the speed of life. As we get speedier, we do things in half steps. Therefore, the practice of whole-hearted engagement is important. How can we be steady and complete, and what kind of wisdom does ... continue
Posted December 15, 2014 by
Embodying Wisdom, Becoming Sensational

Embodying Wisdom, Becoming Sensational – HIGHLIGHT

Exploring the Five Wisdoms by Irini Rockwell A sensuous sixteen-year-old dancing; a couple in sexual union: ultimate wisdom and enlightenment are personified in the iconography of the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition by just such deities. They live in palaces, and offerings of sense pleasures are bestowed on them. Vajrayana ... continue
Posted November 14, 2014 by
Shining Confidence

Shining Confidence – HIGHLIGHT

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, photo courtesy of BHH StudiosDharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche We are all leaders, in that each of us is leading our life. We have no choice. We are making decisions moment-to-moment, even if it’s to butter our toast. To lead our lives well, ... continue
Posted November 10, 2014 by
Inherent Dignity

Inherent Dignity – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Throughout history, the deepest minds have come to the conclusion that there is something profoundly worthy about being human. In the Shambhala tradition, we call this the sun of basic goodness. The sun is a symbol of life, warmth, and wholeness, like ... continue
Posted October 13, 2014 by
A Picture of the Sky

A Picture of the Sky

Celebrating a collaboration between Naropa University and the University of Colorado on a Buddhist Studies Lecture Series in honor of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche …a course at the University of Colorado – Winter, 1971 (see part 1 here) Part 2 by John J. Baker …But there is another subtler way to ... continue
Posted September 17, 2014 by
Investigating Motivation

Investigating Motivation – HIGHLIGHT

Dharma Teaching by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche In Buddhism, it is motivation that defines us what kind of practitioner we are. Simply put, the greater our motivation on the path, the greater our potential. Traditionally, there are said to be three kinds of motivation: small, medium, and large. Within the ... continue
Posted September 5, 2014 by
The Threefold Purity

The Threefold Purity – HIGHLIGHT

Curtis Pond in Calais, VT,COLUMN: Dharma Teachings by Ani Pema Chodron “To begin with, just give up any expectations of yourself. That’s a simple good instruction for how to do Buddhist meditation.” Buddhist meditation is about dissolving our fixation on ourselves, on the process of meditating, and on any ... continue
Posted August 25, 2014 by
In with the Bad, Out with the Good

In with the Bad, Out with the Good – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teaching On Tonglen guest article by Shastri Ethan Nichtern orginally published on Shambhala Sun “Accepting and sending out” is a powerful meditation to develop compassion for ourselves and others. Shastri Ethan Nichtern teaches us how to do it in formal practice and on the spot whenever suffering arises. ... continue
Posted August 11, 2014 by
Creating a Culture of No Mistake

Creating a Culture of No Mistake – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: Dharma Teaching Gentle and Tough originally published on broken leaf guest article by Acharya Noel McLellan Gentleness is nice and all, but it’s a tough world out there. We can’t always live in a protected world of soft things, kind people, and the sounds of running water. There are ... continue
Posted July 30, 2014 by

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