Chatelaine Magazine features Sakyong

A Buddhist leader on the benefits of meditating and running

Chatelaine interviewed the Sakyong on the basics of running meditation—how 15 minutes a day could change your life.

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Runner’s World Finds Zen through Running

This last March, 2013, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong of Runner’s World wrote on the monkey mind, and how to tame it.

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Mind Body April 2013

Prayers for Boston

It was devastating and heartbreaking to hear about the bombing of the Boston Marathon. I clearly remember running that race myself, in similar running conditions, with the sun shining and enthusiasm streaming from the city. It is one of the most venerated sporting events in the United States––athletic excellence mixed with community celebration. I especially remember coming toward the finish line, both exhausted and exuberant. Everyone was cheering and humanity’s goodness and spirit was palpable.

To hear that this precious and sacred moment of human celebration was terrorized is truly heartbreaking. As we try to come to terms with this act of senseless violence, a wide range of emotions will arise. In the face of this pain and confusion, we must allow ourselves to touch our own strength and goodness and open our hearts, generating love and compassion for the victims of this tragedy. As well, we must not give up on the spirit and courage of humanity, which this marathon so exemplifies.

At this poignant time, please join me in sending thoughts and prayers to the victims and to the courageous city of Boston.

With love and blessings,

The Sakyong


America Magazine features Sakyong’s Teachings on Dealing With Pain

Toeing the Line,

Finding balance in long-distance running

discusses how spirituality can bring positivity and strength to your long-distance workouts and races. Whether it be a connection with God or buddhist meditation, connecting to some inner strength and confidence is the key

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Seven Days – Vermont’s Independent Voice interviews Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

“Let the Spirit Move You,” the title of Sara Tuff’s review of Running with the Mind of Meditation briefly describes the stages and benefits of bringing meditation to your physical training. She asks the Sakyong vital questions about the Vermont City Marathon and about how mind training might actually help us run a better race.

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Comments from Huffington Post

Is there more to running than just pounding the pavement? Peter Clothier comments on Running with the Mind of Meditation for the Huffington Post.

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A Review in Well+Good nyc!

 

Lisa Elaine Held of Well+Good nyc asks the important question: will meditation help me run a marathon?

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An Earth Day to remember!

This past Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 – Earth Day, The Sakyong’s latest book, Running with the Mind of Meditation, was successfully launched in Boulder Colorado.

Nearly 800 people participated in the 10th Annual Earth Day 5K walk/run, nearly three times the annual registration, which organizers attributed to the focus on the theme of the Sakyong’s new book. At 9:00 a.m. Shambhala trainers led about 100 participants in a guided movement meditation. At 10:00 a.m. the Sakyong took the bullhorn to preface the beginning of the race remarking, “Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to think not only about how this run can help our own life, but about how we can help the world.”

And then the race was on. Both the Sakyong and the Sakyong Wangmo ran the course, along with a large contingency of Shambhalians of all ages.

 

Then for three hours in the afternoon, the Sakyong greeted a nonstop line of well-wishers, signing about 350 copies of the book at the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery in downtown Boulder.

 

An Article in the Guardian – Can meditation make you a better runner?

On Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, an article in the Guardian asked the question: Can meditation make you a better runner? Can training the mind in meditation help you become faster, more flexible, and stronger in the body? The question really comes down to, how can we apply the principles of meditation to physical movement? Find out more here. 

“Running with the Mind of Meditation” review: When a run is more than just running

When New York Times reporter Barry Bearak called last week, seeking information about Micah True, the Boulder ultrarunner who passed away while on a run in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness, I told him I considered “Born to Run” — the book that made True famous — one of the most important books of the first decade of the 21st century.

That is because author Chris McDougall showed how our bodies evolved to run in a certain way, and how running light, free and easy was how we were “born to run.”

Now, with the publication of Sakyong Mipham’s “Running with the Mind of Meditation,” we have a book that has the potential to become one of the most important books of the second decade of this new millennium.

“Running with the Mind of Meditation is an adventure story of a different type than the swashbuckling “Born to Run.” The Boulder-based spiritual leader and marathoner explores the relationship between meditation and running, and what he has discovered in four decades of meditation and 10 years of running. It distills the essence of the Sakyong’s adventures in meditation and running. It can be seen as a manual for living that is like that trusted friend you can go to for sound advice.

The book is smooth and easy to read, full of basic information, yet interesting enough that longtime runners and meditators will find much that is valuable in it. Woven through the book are the Sakyong’s anecdotes about his journey into running, starting with early runs with local marathoners Misty Cech and Jon Pratt, through his first marathon in Toronto where a huge blister nearly derailed his debut.

The Sakyong, 49, has finished nine marathons, with a personal best of 3 hours, 5 minutes. He has a subtle sense of humor that comes through in his stories. It is easy to see that he is a top teacher, as the book has the gentle touch of a someone who knows he something valuable to explain and who wants us to succeed with this new knowledge.

The Sakyong is a tutor, taking us step by step through the six major stages that divide the book, starting with what the mind of meditation is, and continuing through animals and mythical creatures that represent stages in our development in running and meditation. He starts with the basics of both running and meditation, and, skillfully, almost without us realizing it, shows us a way to incorporate the best of both into our lives, until we reach the point near the end of the book where we can ask those key questions:

“Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I want out of life?”

The two activities are not equivalent. Midway through the book, the Sakyong gives us the key difference: running, he writes, “works with the periphery or the superficial level of thoughts, concerns and worries. Meditation not only deals with the periphery, it goes all the ways down to the core.”

It is that getting in touch with our core that is a key benefit of meditation.

What is the best formula for a meditating? “I always tell people that a successful meditation practice is one that you can sustain,” he writes. “It is not necessary how long you can meditate, or how still you can be, if you just give it up the next day.

“First, you must come to the conclusion that the activity is important.”

Just like running. So go ahead; fold up your Friday Magazine, go sit or get out the door and, as the Sakyong writes, “Just do it — with gentleness.”

 

 

 

 

by Mike Sandrock, columnist for the Daily Camera, author of “Running with the Legends”