Program Details

Treatise on Enlightened Society Group Lung


with Larry Higgins & Iris Ramos
April 6 / 10:00 AM - April 6 / 1:00 PM

Please join us this morning as this lung will be offered in a group setting by Shastri Larry Higgins and Shastri Iris Ramos.


During his Harvest of Peace address, the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, publicly introduced his Treatise on Enlightened Society and launched what he called a "cascading lung" (oral reading transmission of this text) that enables the treatise to be shared person-to-person, within and beyond the Shambhala community.

"The notion of enlightened society is at the heart of Shambhala altogether," the Sakyong said. "Even our namesake, Shambhala, is inspired by a country and a society that existed. Whether we see this as a literal place on earth or even if it's a metaphor or mystery, Shambhala has to do with a society that acknowledged basic goodness as a binding principle of that society. It is said that Shambhala, geographically, was at the most western part of the east, and the most eastern part of the west. Therefore it was a mixture of east and west, north and south. Thus it was universal."

"This basic theme of society is something that all of us encounter daily,"' he said. "It is definitely challenging when we see nowadays the level of suffering and disharmony, fear, instability, atrocities and tragedies that are constantly facing society. So if ever there was a time that we doubted the inherent goodness of society,certainly it would be now. That is why these teachings on Shambhala were introduced at this time. In a sense when we are at our most difficult moment, there is an opportunity to self-reflect and wonder if this apparent aggression and selfishness that pervades is in fact human nature. It is a time for all of us to reflect. This reflection is at the heart of the Treatise on Enlightened Society."


Written while the Sakyong Jampal Trinley Dradül was on his year-long retreat in 2010, The Treatise on Enlightened Society (formerly Enlightened Society Treatise) clarifies the meaning of enlightened society, a theme that has played an integral role in Shambhala vision. This theme has been under discussion in our community for many years, but it has not always been understood. The Sakyong is offering this treatise as a way to elucidate the relevance of enlightened society in the modern world. May it awaken the intellect, goodness, and magic of all Shambhalians.


What he is calling the "cascading lung" is likely the first ever "open-source" lung in our community, whereby all people are invited and empowered not only to receive but also to give the reading transmission. The Sakyong aspires to see the text spread along genuine lines of social communication and find its way into the hearts of any human beings who are inspired by a vision for enlightened society.

To read more about the treatise and the Sakyong's vision for this process -- including full instructions for requesting and giving the lung -- please read the letter from the Kalapa Acharya, Adam Lobel included at the end of this set of Frequently Asked Questions: http://shambhala.org/community/docs/Treatise_FAQ.pdf

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