Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: Enlightenment in the Age of Disruption

sakyong-ftdBorn in 1962 at the site of Buddha’s enlightenment in Bodhgaya, India, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the global Shambhala spiritual community and the son of legendary teacher and Shambhala founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

So…what was he doing having a conversation with me in a beautiful compound just outside Boulder, Colorado?

Nothing less than talking about the future of the human race, one person at a time…

The Sakyong is a fascinating marriage of East and West. An avid runner and marathoner, bestselling author, married father and spiritual teacher, he was educated both in the deepest traditions of Shambhala and Buddhism and the culture and knowledge of Western society.

Through this lens, he’s cultivated a stunning ability to bridge both worlds in a very real, human, modern, insightful and immensely-relatable way.

In this episode we talk about the Sakyong’s remarkable journey. We explore where the world is heading and how we’re in the midst of a rare window of opportunity to make profound shifts in global consciousness.

We explore the challenging concepts of basic goodness (are people fundamentally good or evil?), uncertainty, bravery, enlightenment (and why it’s such a loaded word) and purpose.

At times, the conversation gets beautifully candid and personal, especially toward the end as we speak to the dance of fatherhood and spirituality in an increasingly disruptive world.

These ideas and more are also explored in depth in the Sakyong’s latest book, The Shambhala Principle.

Today’s tweetable…

“Leadership is being comfortable with uncertainty.” -Sakyong Mipham Click to tweet

Highlights include:

  • The profound story behind the name: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
  • How he balances his role as “earth protector” and living in a disruptive society
  • How running marathons integrates with spirituality
  • The origins for his notion of the basic goodness of humanity
  • Technology and it’s effect on ones sense of wholeness or oneness in the modern world
  • Living life as a journey, rather than an obstacle we must overcome
  • The role of society in discovering purpose
  • Exploring the meaning of Enlightened Society
  • The imperative for the entrepreneur to consciously build a purposeful society
  • The roles of bravery, risk and the fear of failure
  • The bolstering effect of bravery and belief in goodness
  • The role of parenthood in an enlightened society
  • Contrasting the roles of Earth Protector and Daughter Protector
  • How parenthood effects awareness and urgency to improve global conditions
  • What challenges lie ahead and how we can embrace meaningful change

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