Ruling Our World by Sakyong Mipham

Sakyong Mipham. Ruling Your World. New York: Morgan Road Books, 2005. Hardcover, 210 pp.

Sakyong Mipham, a son of the famous Chogyam Trungpa, is the leader of the worldwide network of meditation and retreat centers called Shambhala. Living in the West and being an avid marathon runner and golfer, he also is a widely sought spiritual teacher and clearly a gifted writer.

The descendent of a warrior king of the … th century, Sakyong Mipham examines what it takes to become rulers of our own mind. As a Buddhist, he believes in the basic goodness of all human beings, and he argues that when we stray from this innate source of goodness and happiness it is because we have forgotten who we truly are. The “ Shambhala path” of the Buddhist spiritual warrior, which he teaches, is meant to introduce us to the practical strategies by which we can find our Buddha Nature and develop wisdom, confidence and courage, as well as kindness, compassion, patience, and the other noble virtues that mark a bodhisattva.

In simple, gripping words and often drawing on his own life experience, Sakyong Mipham manages to convey the essence of the Buddhist path. “Virtue has the power of a hundred thousand suns,” he writes (p. 194). “The Shambhala teachings tell us that when that light shines, the happiness of all sentient beings will be accomplished . . .”

A beautiful, inspiring, and urgent book at a time when virtue is a subsiding concern.

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