Sakyong Mipham

A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on zen and meditation

It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don't we think about training our mind?

Sakyong Mipham

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on sakyong, mipham, earth, and shambhala

Within my mind
I live on a small blue planet.
Everyone seems far away,
No one seems close.
Everywhere is blackness,
Yet abundant life consumes each moment.
I wish and hope
Everyone could see this blue fragile life
Floating in the blackness–
Next time they miss the bus,
Next time they forget to look and smile.

We are floating on a blue dot–
We should all be frightfully concerned.
No matter what you think, what I think,
We will always be on this blue dot,
Unless we are the masters of darkness
Or the emperors of blackness.

Look at each other–
Be kind
Stop
Look up
See blue.
That color came from somewhere.
It could be another color if we don't play our cards right.
Our worst enemies we should hold,
Because even they love blue.

The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
Paris, June 2002 on the occasion of a solar eclipse

Sakyong Mipham

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham

Within my mind
I live on a small blue planet.
Everyone seems far away,
No one seems close.
Everywhere is blackness,
Yet abundant life consumes each moment.
I wish and hope
Everyone could see this blue fragile life
Floating in the blackness–
Next time they miss the bus,
Next time they forget to look and smile.

We are floating on a blue dot–
We should all be frightfully concerned.
No matter what you think, what I think,
We will always be on this blue dot,
Unless we are the masters of darkness
Or the emperors of blackness.

Look at each other–
Be kind
Stop
Look up
See blue.
That color came from somewhere.
It could be another color if we don't play our cards right.
Our worst enemies we should hold,
Because even they love blue.

The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
Paris, June 2002 on the occasion of a solar eclipse

Sakyong Mipham

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on buddhism, self, thought, and mind

Even when we speak of selflessness, the mind goes to “me.” We think, “I’m selfless,” but everything is selfless.

Sakyong Mipham

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on buddhism, self, thought, and mind

When I ask people to contemplate selflessness, the sometimes react as if I’ve asked them to put their house on the market or give away all their money. If there was a self that existed in the way we think, discovering selflessness would be like putting our house on the market. But in the Buddhist tradition, the discovery of selflessness is called “completely joyful.” It’s not called “the raw end of the deal,” or “I’d rather go back to bed,” or “This is scary and depressing.”

Sakyong Mipham

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on buddhism, self-reflection, awareness, and mind

In looking for my mind, I discovered that it seems to be in many different places. Sometimes it is drinking a glass of water, remembering swimming in the summer, feeling the breeze. In this contemplation I observed that the self is more elusive than I thought.

Sakyong Mipham

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on power of intention

As I live my day, I always try to have a contemplation going - whether I'm talking to people, riding in a car, giving teachings, or eating.  This can be as simple as bringing my mind back to the thought "May others be happy" at every opportunity. Or I might focus on selflessness or how to help someone who is ill. That power of intention helps me turn confusion on its ear and enjoy my life.  When self-absorption arises, I use the precision of my morning meditation to turn the energy inside out. i find that the more I do this, the less worried I feel. Each day is an opportunity to sharpen and deepen the conclusions I've drawn in my morning practice.

Sakyong Mipham

Source: Ruling Your World : Ancient Strategies For Modern Life, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on karma, virtue, happiness, and suffering

Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act nonvirtuously, suffering results.

Sakyong Mipham

Source: Ruling Your World : Ancient Strategies For Modern Life, Pages: 32

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on being human, time, and useless activities

Being human is a precious situation, and we shouldn't waste time in useless activities.

Sakyong Mipham

Source: Ruling Your World : Ancient Strategies For Modern Life, Pages: 46

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A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on karma and gravity

Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it.

Sakyong Mipham

Source: Ruling Your World : Ancient Strategies For Modern Life, Pages: 51

Contributed by: Brian

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