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Message from the Sakyong,
Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

On Earth Day
April 22, 2012 


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,


The Sakyong

Global Culture Shift

Earth Day Message

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Photo: NASA

At this pivotal time in history, the challenge that most clearly binds us together in a common destiny is the urgent imperative to stop the devastation of our planet.


We are witnessing a complex phenomenon that affects almost every facet of human endeavour: political, social, economic, and technological. Yet this unfolding drama is, at its heart, a matter of the human spirit.


Through our failure to honour the deep interconnectedness of all forms of life, we have separated ourselves out from the very planet that sustains us. Aggression and greed are consuming our world.


In the Shambhala tradition it is said that it is precisely in dark times like these that the innate wisdom of the universe makes itself felt. Thus, at the same time that this crisis deepens, we see it awakening a higher level of intelligence, understanding and commitment in many communities around the world.


We see now signs of an emerging global movement determined to change our destructive trajectory. Our inherent wisdom, dignity and courage are beginning to shine through. Together, we can tap the power available to us from our diverse disciplines, cultures and societies to cultivate the dignity, confidence and fearlessness necessary to protect our Earth.


We can do so with confidence in the very foundation of what it means to be human. In the Shambhala tradition this foundation is described as inherent, basic goodness.


This is the basis from which we will be able to rekindle an unshakeable conviction in the sacredness of life, respect for our common humanity and an attitude of deep caring for the well-being of this Earth


On Earth Day this year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche issued this message (left) in which he invites people everywhere to engage in a collective reflection on our humanity and our global society.



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