An Interview by Jonathan Fields with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, spritual leader of Shambhala, was recently interviewed by Jonathan Fields for The Good Life Project (www.goodlifeproject.com), which Fields describes as “…about building an extraordinary life, deeper relationships and meaningful bodies of work, businesses and movements. It’s about becoming a creator, a leader, a mentor, a giver, a doer. It’s about telling a story with your life that you’d want to read and share.”
In the wide-ranging interview, the two talk about the Sakyong’s childhood and upbringing which combined both traditional Eastern and modern Western education and culture, and being the son and heir to the renowned Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who is credited as having helped bring Buddhism to the West.
The Sakyong’s activities as an author of several best-selling books, a marathon runner and Sakyong, literally meaning “earth protector” in Tibetan, are discussed alongside its connection to the idea of “basic goodness”, a theme within the Sakyong’s newest book entitled The Shambhala Principle. This prompts a deep discussion of “why we are here and who we are” and the connection of an individual to society.
Enlightened society, leadership, gaining comfort with uncertainty while living with bravery and purpose, and not giving up on the world round out this hour-long interview with Shambhala’s Sakyong.