We suffer because we want life to be different from what it is. We suffer because we try to make pleasurable what is painful, to make solid what is fluid, to make permanent what is always changing.

— Sakyong Mipham

The most undeniable Sakyong Mipham quotes that are glad to read

Our power comes not from suppressing others but from uplifting them.


This is bravery: using the challenge of daily life to sharpen our mind and open our heart.


Whatever we do lays a seed in our deepest consciousness, and one day that seed will grow.


Movement is good for the body. Stillness is good for the mind.


If we do not appreciate the sensitivity and subtlety of the human heart, how can we appreciate the sensitivity and subtlety of the natural world?


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


We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future.


The most outrageous thing we can do in this world is to accept what happens and fly with it.


Even when we speak of selflessness, the mind goes to "me.

" We think, "I'm selfless," but everything is selfless.


Our only reliable source of strength is the goodness of our hearts.

Our only foundation for coming to terms with the suffering of the times is our innate need to be decent human beings.


If the mind is flexible, the world is flexible.


When the mind is totally present, it is relaxed, nimble, and sensitive.

It feels lighter and clearer. It notices everything, but it is not distracted by anything. It is the feeling of knowing exactly where you are and what you are doing.


About Sakyong Mipham

Quotes 118 sayings
Birthday October 16

In a speedy and aggressive culture, we need different principles to live by-bravery and insight. The first moment of bravery is building trust in the mind, which we do in meditation. When we know how to create peace in our own mind, we can transform the world.


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


In meditation we are continuously discovering who and what we are.


Meditation practice is relevant because in meditation our conceptual mind relaxes and we can feel who we are at heart.


We want to infuse our day with good habits so that we can turn seemingly mundane situations into a ceremony of goodness.


As the conceptual, material world increases its hold on us, and inanimate objects become more lifelike, we humans must become more human. Open hearts, kindness and care-these are our most precious gifts.


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.


Being fooled into trying to make things work out for 'me' is called samsara.


It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor-the determining factor of success and happiness is contentment.


When we have gone beyond the boundaries of hope and fear, we are able to work with whatever comes our way.


There are no boundaries-only possibilities


When people say that meditation makes them calm, they are often referring to this stability of the mind. A stable mind creates the foundation for a happier and more contented person.


If we cut speed and relax with what’s going on in our life right now, kindness and patience will naturally come about.


Enlightened Society is all about nurturing the human spirit - waking up to the goodness, kindness and strength that we already have.


The first thing you have to do is acknowledge the basic and fundamental goodness of all beings. If you don't, then you are going to have conflict. That's at the core of Shambhala.


When stress is the basic state of mind, even good things stress us out. We have to learn to let go.


You need to eat well, sleep well, and have a roof over your head, but don’t go much further than that before extending yourself to others.


Changing our decision sets up a bad habit.

It reinforces decision-making as an expression of bewilderment and ignorance, instead of wisdom and freedom.


Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first.


If you see life as an opportunity, or if you see helping others as an opportunity, then all of a sudden you become joyous. You want to go forward.


Caring for others is the basis of worldly success.


The bones and tendons of the mind are mindfulness and awareness.

Mindfulness is the mind’s strength, and awareness is its flexibility. Without these abilities, we cannot function. When we drink a glass of water, drive a car, or have a conversation, we are using mindfulness and awareness.


Sometimes it seems like most people are being pulled into a negative energy, but then you meet strong individuals or strong leaders and they are free from it.


To protect this earth is to protect the very spirit of life


When we are using this term 'basic goodness,' we are talking about our inherent completeness.


Shambhala is a tradition where there were rulers, kings, and powerful people who actually were very benevolent and kind. They got things done, and they didn't abandon their tradition.


In Tibetan, we say people who have good windhorse have the sense they can accomplish what they want to do.


There is a tendency sometimes within the Shambhala community to make it just about meditating and, so, less about compassion. Shambhala is based upon compassion, but a lot of people come in and say, "I need to get more meditation. I need to do this for me, me, me." That's fine, but the view here is much more societal.


We can't hire out our own inner work, but we can do the manual labor with delight and decency.


The wise are balanced, and the foolish are extreme.


Auspicious coincidence is the right thing happening at the right time.


People sometimes don't like organized situations.

Sometimes people need to be left alone more. Sometimes people need environmental support.


I would say courage first; then wisdom, which is a sense of knowledge and confidence; and also the wish and desire to uplift. The underlying notion is "How do I help?" That attitude really is a spiritual journey and a path.


I think Shambhala can be a very strong force as a social example of how you can try to live a life balanced in terms of both the spiritual and the secular.


After you run, there's a sense of accomplishment;

you feel like your life is meaningful. It's a moment of clarity.


If ruling our world stems from developing certainty in our sanity, how do we discover it? The Shambhala teachings instruct us to "put our mind of fearfulness in the cradle of loving-kindnes."


Part of the notion in Shambhala teachings is that everybody can live their lives so they get weaker and more stressed out as they go along, or so they get more fortitude and strength.