March 25, 2014

Sakyong Mipham—Is Meditation Selfish?

Sakyong Mipham

The King of Shambhala comes to Hotelephant


Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis.

Waylon sits down with Sakyong Mipham, Shambhala Buddhist Teacher, and talks about how meditation can help us create a more enlightened society.


Last year, Waylon sat down at the home of Sakyong Mipham, a leading Buddhist teacher, to discuss his “Shambhala Principle”—his book that shows us how simple it is to save the world from ourselves, by re-rooting ourselves in our fundamental goodness and acting mindfully from that powerful place of love.

About two years ago, Waylon was honored to speak with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, an avid marathon runner, leader of the international Shambhala community and meditation master, about his book, Running with the Mind of Meditation:

The New Yorker Features the Sakyong:

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The Sakyong believes revealing humanity’s natural worthiness and strength is the key to creating good society. Our meditation is not to hide from the world, but to allow us to be more socially active and intelligent with how we help our world.

Over the past year, the Sakyong has been actively working with the youth violence occurring in Chicago by working with over 20 partner organizations and City Hall. The Mayor of Chicago just accepted a Peace Platform from the Sakyong.

In May, the Sakyong and Pema Chodron are leading a retreat near San Francisco aimed at helping us understand how our meditation helps us to be more socially active and work with compassion to benefit our world. Find out more about the retreat here.




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carrie Apr 4, 2014 12:29pm

As someone who has tried to meditate and found it quite difficult to do, I think Sakyoung's way of explaining it made it feel more accessible. No talk of imagining lights, energy, colors, etc. I always had a problem with that. I'm really glad I tuned in.

Linda V. Lewis Apr 3, 2014 7:39am

Great interview! You both look + sound great!

Rick Apr 2, 2014 10:15pm

Great job with interviewing Rinpoche, Waylon. you should get a screen grab of your goofy expression as you were trying to read Laura's question. It was priceless.

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