|September 23, 2012 –
During this weekend’s celebration of Shambhala’s annual Harvest of Peace, the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, announced that he and the Sakyong Wangmo are expecting the birth of their second child.
“I’m happy to say the Sakyong Wangmo is in good health and we are all delighted. Jetsun Drukmo seems very pleased and cheerful. As our family grows, so does the possibility of Shambhala.”
The formal announcement from the Kalapa Court follows:
“The Kalapa Court is delighted to announce that the Kongma Sakyong, Jampal Thrinly Dradul, and the Sakyong Wangmo, Dechen Choying Sangmo are expecting the birth of their second child in the Spring of 2013.
May all beings enjoy Profound, Brilliant Glory. KI KI SO SO!
“As the world now faces seemingly insurmountable challenges, our future is at a crossroads. Never has there been a more poignant time for us to hear the message of basic goodness. Many of the issues that we encounter, personally and societally, concern the very notion of human nature.
Therefore, reflecting on humanity’s basic goodness can no longer be simply a personal contemplation; it must now be a global one. It is no longer a time when the future can be decided by one person, or even a few individuals. Rather, as a global society, we must pause and reflect on this essential theme: who are we, and what are we doing? This is the meaning of Earth Day. It is a time when humanity can reflect on who we are and how we might move forward.
Therefore, I encourage everyone to take a moment on this Earth Day to reflect on human nature and basic goodness. Then, reflect on how you personally are participating in the global society. As Shambhalians, we have the ability to help shift the global culture from one of doubt and aggression, to one of trust and kindness. It is time for us all to engage in this endeavor, both personally and socially.
To make such a shift is the very notion of enlightened society. Rather than letting challenges overwhelm us, let them incite our warrior heritage of bravery. In this way, Earth Day can be a new dawning of the sun of human goodness.
With blessings and aspirations for the world to be free of plague, famine, and war — and for peace and harmony to be all-victorious,
March 09 , 2012
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited Northern California this past weekend to offer a public address and teach the Rigden program to people from all over the mandala. His public talk on Friday night was to a standing-room-only crowd of 1,200 people at the majestic Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
To read the complete article on the visit with photos, click here
The Sakyong spoke eloquently about the “sense of bravery and self-reflection that everybody shares,” and the nature of our collective work towards creating a global mood where basic goodness is acknowledged as inherent in human nature. He noted that, “Society is no more than all the thoughts and feelings we have right now, expressed in a myriad of ways.”
He described the importance of meditation, and wryly noted, “My new book,Running with the Mind of Meditation, is not to be confused with meditation while the mind is running!” In encouraging us to practice in the face of obstacles, he observed that: “Even the great meditators weren’t necessarily in the mood. But they continued.”
The Sakyong went on to Craneway Pavilion to continue the Rigden weekend with 400 students who had completed the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Many newer students commented afterwards that up until then, the idea of “Sakyong” had been just that — an idea. Now that they had met him they understood at a heart level what Shambhala is trying to do in the world.
(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)