As well as being a meditation master, Sakyong Mipham
is a poet and an artist, and he is very athletic. He enjoys many
activities—golf, running, horseback riding, and yoga.
Calligraphy by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Top photo
by Peter Seidler.
About Sakyong Mipham
His Eminence the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, is one
of Tibet’s highest and most respected incarnate lamas. He
is unique in that he bridges two worlds. The eldest son of the
Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was instrumental
in bringing Buddhism to the West, he is the incarnation of Mipham
the Great, who is revered in Tibet as an emanation of Manjushri,
the buddha of wisdom. He descends from the Tibetan warrior-king
Gesar of Ling. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages
of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage
and is spiritual director of Shambhala,
a global network of meditation and retreat centers. He is the lineage holder of Naropa University.
The Sakyong—literally “earth-protector”—is
a chögyal—“dharma king”—who holds
and propagates the teachings of Shambhala. The first king of Shambhala,
Dawa Sangpo, was empowered directly by the Buddha. The Shambhala
tradition emphasizes confidence in the enlightened nature of all
beings—windhorse—and teaches courageous rulership based
on wisdom and compassion.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was born in 1962 in Bodhagaya, India,
to Lady Könchok Palden. He spent his early years receiving
a Buddhist education, later joining his father in the West, where
he continued his study of Buddhist philosophy and ritual. He has
studied with the great masters His
Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche—teacher
of the HH Dalai Lama and the king of Bhutan—and HH
Penor Rinpoche. He is married to Princess Tseyang Palmo, daughter
of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, head of the Ripa
lineage. . The Sakyong has written two books, the national bestseller
Turning the Mind into An Ally, and Ruling Your World. He is a poet
and an artist. He has run marathons to raise money for Tibet through
the Konchok Foundation.
He travels extensively, teaching throughout the world.
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