A Great Long-Form Interview with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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I loved this hour long interview that Jonathan Fields recently did with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Long interviews like this are somewhat rare, and it allows the Sakyong to really get into some of the great themes of his new book The Shambhala Principle as well as for us to see a personal and intimate look at his life and teachings. I'm really excited to be on faculty for his teaching visit to NYC Nov 8-9!

The Shambhala Principle: WE Made This World, We Can Change It

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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has just published his fourth major book, The Shambhala Principle, and I've been lucky enough to spend a good deal of time reading and rereading my now-wrinkled advanced readers' copy over the past few months. I love it. It adds a needed volume to the growing canon of core Shambhala teachings available in print. It weaves together the view of contemplative practice  with a deeply societal message. (more…)

The Sakyong and Rahm Emanuel: Spirituality and Government

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 It was great to wake up this morning and see that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was welcomed to Chicago City Hall by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (more…)

The Meaning of Contentment

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(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) During my talk last night at the Shambhala Center of New York, we discussed the notion of how meditation and the Shambhala Buddhist teachings can affect our understanding of systems and culture. There is no escape from society; our practice eventually has to address cultural issues because our culture is literally sewn into the mind we encounter on the cushion. I even managed to work in a mention of the movie The Devil Wears Prada and actually made it relevant to this discussion of cultural and societal dharmic issues. So I was proud of that. :) (more…)