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The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure Kindle Edition

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“In this rich and touching book, Sakyong Mipham recounts his relationship with his father, Chögyam Trungpa, to illustrate his personal journey of discovering the Shambhala principle of basic goodness and enlightened society. His contemplation of humanity’s true nature invites us all to do the same: dig deep into our hearts and bring forth the jewel that will illuminate our own inherent worthiness and that of society—as well as the worthiness of the beautiful earth we inhabit.  This is the love that connects us all.
I hope everyone will join Sakyong Mipham in this global conversation. This is a pivotal book for our time.” —Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart
"At a time when we can either destroy the world or create a good future, Sakyong Mipham proposes to use the power of goodness to solve our problems. In this surprising and inspiring book the author develops the view that humanity at the core is basically complete, good, and worthy. If you feel sometimes overwhelmed by the daily crimes and disasters, this is a healing book and a basis for hope, one that shows how basic goodness can begin to affect our homes, workplaces, hospitals, and schools, extending all the way to our economic and political systems." -- Lothar Schäfer, author of Infinite Potential: What Quantum Physics Reveals about How We Should Live
In The Shambhala Principle, Sakyong Mipham offers an inspiring vision of the fundamental wisdom, grace, and courage that resides in the heart of every human being. Rich in insight and practical detail, The Shambhala Principle is an indispensable guide to personal and societal transformation. It is at once a moving and deeply personal tribute to his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a transmission of timeless principles presented in a manner uniquely suited to the challenges of the 21st century.” Eric Swanson – co-author of The Joy of Living and Open Heart, Open Mind

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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 MeditationRuling Your World, and Turning the Mind into an Ally.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ira Abrams on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book has given me the opportunity to examine some of the basic, subtle assumptions I make about others and the world we share, and in so doing to see options for living that aren't normally available to me. The Shambhala Principle targets the thinking behind the seemingly insignificant but ultimately life-controlling personal and social decisions we make throughout our days. Literally, after each chapter I find myself doing something differently--cleaning seemingly immovable piles of procrastinated work, having conversations that I thought were not possible, or taking action in situations in which I have long been stuck.

This book differs from self-help books because, while it is written in a straightforward style, it looks at things from the point of view of the Shambhala teachings which the author received from his father, a historically significant Tibetan Buddhist teacher. The premise of this perspective is a truth that is self-evident but rarely acknowledged in our culture--that things are basically good as they are. There are other books which make this point, of course, but I guess I am liking this one so much because of its focus on how the everyday decisions we make as individuals are actually the decisions that create the larger world. I will let others wax enthusiastic about saving the world, but I will say that the perspective put forward in this book rings true and points out a way to live one's life without ceaselessly fumbling with the twin snaps of self-doubt and self-promotion.

The book's format is delightful and appropriate to the importance attached to relationships and the elements of daily life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy R.Walker on October 28, 2013
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This text combines the intimate conversations of father and son/teacher and disciple with thirty years worth of contemplations on some of the key points transmitted. Shambhala Buddhism is a very unique manifestation of Tibetan wisdom teachings that have arisen in part, as a result of the Tibetan Diaspora and the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Chogyam Trungpa, the father, was deeply saddened but not ultimately discouraged by the near total destruction of a culture, a people and a vast and profound living wisdom tradition. As a child he had already become famous as a discoverer of sacred hidden treasure texts and had received several having to do with Shambhala and the mandate of creating enlightened society on this earth. As he escaped from Tibet, traveling over the Himalayas in the winter one step ahead of the Chinese, he again received Shambhala Terma (treasure teachings) and committed himself to this notion of creating a culture and social structure within which these precious teachings could flourish, spread and benefit the whole world. Beyond just "religion" or Yogic practices for cultivating individual enlightenment the Shambhala teachings are designed to bring about a social transformation based in this deceptively simple yet all encompassing principle of Basic Goodness.

Author, Sakyong (Earth-Protector) Mipham, the son, and the reincarnation of Mipham-the-Great of 19th centaury Tibet, also a channel for bringing Shambhala teachings into this world, muses in each chapter around a few simple words spoken to him directly by his father and then expands them to relate directly to our lives both as individuals and as a collective.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lodro on May 7, 2013
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This book is not just about meditation, like most Buddhist books I read. It's about how we can manifest our innate goodness and how that can have a positive impact on society. Sakyong Mipham has written a very intimate, personal book that also offers practical advice on how basic goodness can shift our culture in many positive ways. I particularly appreciated his chapters on health, education, the economy, and the environment as he has laid out in detail how the Shambhala principle can pragmatically help us help all beings. A great read; I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Dejonghe TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9, 2014
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500 words, are you kidding me? That’s the number of words I’m allowed to quote without needing special publisher permission. If I could, I’d quote for you most of chapters six, seven, eight, and eleven. I found those chapters the most profound and life changing. I’m not saying that lightly. Here’s one quote I put on Twitter while reading this book: “Every moment has its energy; either it will ride us, or we can ride it.”

Let’s start with some definitions. Shambhala is a word that means “source of happiness”. From my understanding, it was the area of Shangri-La, now obtainable through meditation. The author goes into much greater detail of this, some of which is abstract for folks like me, who come into this mostly uninitiated. The author’s title of Sakyong means to be “an earth protector, protecting the goodness by awakening other to it.” It is much like the Indian dharmaraja (dharma king), or the Chinese sheng huang (sage ruler). The author inherited the title from his father; this book describes much of that transition.

Now let’s get to the good stuff. “The principle of basic goodness is not particularly religious or secular. It is about how humanity at the core is complete, good, and worthy.” The author says THE SHAMBHALA PRINCIPLE moves “beyond the parameters of Buddhism” and goes to talk about supporting “the unique qualities of various traditions”. He says that everything boils down to this: “humanity is good, and good is the nature of society.”

It’s a lot to take in, but the process is a worthy endeavor. No matter your religious belief system, you have much to benefit from this book and its practices. Both Eastern and Western cultures are blended together to reveal the virtue of mankind.
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