One of Tibet's highest and most respected lamas elucidates for us the principles of Shambhala, or the path to happiness, set down by his legendary father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future. The Shambhala Principle offers the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the personal and social challenges that we face. Do we, as humans, have confidence in the basic goodness of humanity, as well as of society itself? As a Tibetan lama and spiritual leader, this strikes me as our most compelling global issue.
The book revolves around a dialogue with my father, the legendary Chögyam Trungpa. Whether his responses were direct or mystical, he continuously returned to the topics of basic goodness and enlightened society. Not only did he show me how I could become confident in their existence through awareness and meditation, he also taught me how basic goodness is a socially viable standard that could stabilize and transform our world.
However, this book is not a memoir, or even a message. It is an invitation to readers to reflect on their own basic goodness and the basic goodness of society, and then contemplate the question, Can we rouse our energy and confidence to create a good world that is founded on this principle?
I encourage you to join me in this contemplation.
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About the Author
SAKYONG MIPHAM is the head of the Shambhala lineage, which is grounded in the power of creating enlightened society in everyday life. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, he teaches this way of social transformation throughout the world. In addition, he extends his vision to a number of humanitarian projects in Asia and the West. He is the author of the bestselling titles Running with the Mind of Meditation, Ruling Your World, and Turning the Mind into an Ally.
For more information, visit www.sakyong.com.
Table of Contents
Part I Creating Enlightened Society
1 Beginnings 3
2 The Shambhala Principle 13
3 Essential Instructions 23
4 Creation Vs. Destruction 33
5 Chaos is Good News 45
6 Being Brave 53
Part II Feeling
7 Kindness is the Universal Expression 65
8 Life is a Ceremony 73
9 Just You and Me 85
10 Working for the Future 97
11 Cheer Yourself Up 103
Part III Being
12 Shifting Global Values 115
13 Keep it Simple 123
14 Coming Full Circle 129
15 Now 141
16 Culture 149
Part IV Touching
17 The Economy 161
18 Principles of Power and Wealth 169
19 Education 177
20 Unconditional Healthiness 187
21 The Human Rights of Goodness 193
22 The New Human Mandate 199
Shambkala in the World 207
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I am purchasing more copies of this book to give to family and friends! It is written in a simple and touching style, but it deals with profoundly difficult and complex issues. It is encouraging and inspiring.