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Sakyong Addresses 1,200 in San Francisco

Mar 9, 2012

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited Northern California this past weekend to offer a public address and teach the Rigden program to people from all over the mandala. His public talk on Friday night was to a standing-room-only crowd of 1,200 people at the majestic Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

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The Sakyong spoke eloquently about the "sense of bravery and self-reflection that everybody shares," and the nature of our collective work towards creating a global mood where basic goodness is acknowledged as inherent in human nature. He noted that, "Society is no more than all the thoughts and feelings we have right now, expressed in a myriad of ways."

He described the importance of meditation, and wryly noted, "My new book, Running with the Mind of Meditation, is not to be confused with meditation while the mind is running!" In encouraging us to practice in the face of obstacles, he observed that: "Even the great meditators weren't necessarily in the mood. But they continued."

The Sakyong went on to Craneway Pavilion to continue the Rigden weekend with 400 students who had completed the Way of Shambhala curriculum. Many newer students commented afterwards that up until then, the idea of "Sakyong" had been just that -- an idea. Now that they had met him they understood at a heart level what Shambhala is trying to do in the world.

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)