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Dharma Connect: Running With the Sakyong

Earlier this month, The New Yorker online interviewed Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche while he was getting ready to speak at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.  The Sakyong is the leader of the Shambhala tradition, which believes in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings.

The Sakyong’s main message was that at this time, we must not have a divide between secular and sacred.  What is at stake for all of us is the necessity to reconnect with each other and the integrity and worthiness of being human.  This is not a spiritual issue but is a human issue.  We have inherent goodness, and our happiness is dependent on connecting with our nature and with that nature in each other.  We are interconnected in so many ways.  That social interconnectedness is in fact the basis of our society.

A key element in moving forward as a wakeful society is to connect with our own bravery.  According to the Sakyong, bravery creates the atmosphere of possibility from which ideas and solutions flow.  For the coward, when things become more difficult, they collapse.  When we come from a place of courage, when things get harder, we just get stronger!

The title Sakyong means literally “earth protector” in Tibetan and is also translated as “king.”  The Sakyong, who is an incarnate lama, is the son of meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was prominent in bringing meditation and mindfulness practice to the west.

This interview, which was presented in video format, spanned from reflecting on the human condition to how running can integrate mind and body.  This reflects the depth and mind and breadth of interests of the Sakyong, who, besides being a spiritual teacher, is a marathon runner and author of the book, Running with the Mind of Meditation.

To watch the video in its entirety, please visit the New Yorker website.

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