Creating Enlightened Society: Going Beyond Our Borders -Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala


I really consider today and this gathering of this notion of creating a good human society and that it has to go beyond all of our kind of spiritual borders and personal borders and finding some kind of common language. And I think that my experience has been travelling to various places, that this is an issue that is really directly or indirectly affecting all of us. So it used to be that meditation was something that you didn’t mention too much at the office, because people might think you’re doing something odd. And now it’s clear that the notion of meditation and how we work with our mind and heart is essential for our own personal happiness, but also as a human being in terms of the ability to relate to their own emotions and thoughts that that is not just a soft issue, but that is integral to the vitality of our own being and all society itself. So the way I’m looking at the meditation now and the uses of language in meditation altogether is trying to extend it out so that it is not something that we do in isolation; but that as we meditate, and I believe this, that as we meditate it’s a very powerful act; contemplation is a powerful act and that that itself is a socially viable experience. If you look at the tradition of meditation in any culture, it is basically a way of acknowledging the dynamism and power of the human mind. And so how was it that, you know, we are… how is it that we can come in contact with that? So to myself it doesn’t matter how long you meditate or how long you connect; but that there is some kind of ability for us in some moment to allow ourselves to connect with our own feelings, emotions and experiences. That we all got up today and we’re moving through this thing called life, by the way, and as we move through what is happening? We’re living and we’re curious and we’re engaging; and sometimes because of the stress of our own life, we can only live a two-dimensional life. So sometimes when it’s time to go to bed, we think, “Oh that wasn’t too bad”. [laughter] “That wasn’t too bad”; so basically nothing went wrong. So there’s the notion of just making it through, making it through life. But then if you take a whole society, if the whole society is just trying to make it through, what kind of society is that? What are we creating? And I think the notion here is that we have to address the human heart and mind. And so part of our ability here I think when we’re exploring this is how do we have the language, the expression and the skillfulness by which to take this personnel experience and to bring it into every sphere of life?

7 thoughts on “Creating Enlightened Society: Going Beyond Our Borders -Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala

  1. Creating Enlightened Society- Going Beyond Our Borders. From the Creating Enlightened Society conference in Northern California the weekend of May 10th-12th, 2013.

  2. The captioning was very accurate which isn't the case on YouTube very often. The sound quality had an echo effect that made it difficult to hear for an older person such as myself. I have tried to listen to various speakers about meditation but the accents and my impaired hearing abilities have always made it difficult. I'm happy that I found someone who speaks english so clearly and also most important to me has accurate captioning. Thanks for your efforts, meditation helps me cope daily.

  3. Hello Everyone If you want to be the best you can be and look inside for answers, then you will love my channel, Lets transform together! Nice upload keep them coming 🙂

  4. How do we create an enlightened society? Science and technology have vastly improved our outer well-being. If we can direct those forces towards understanding our minds and brains, it stands to reason that we will enormously improve our inner well-being too. It is only a matter of time and a shift of emphasis, which Buddhism is helping us to accomplish.

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