Program Details

Treatise on Enlightened Society: A "Cascading" Lung


May 5 / 10:15 AM - May 5 / 12:00 PM

The notion of  “enlightened society” is at the core of the Shambhala view.



“Every human being has a basic nature of goodness, which is undiluted and unconfused.”
—Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior




For years, most of us have thought of it as a concept or a dreamlike vision for some future world. We’ve read chapters in the book, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, but how many of us actually know how to activate what we’ve learned on a societal scale? Do we even believe that it’s possible? Or maybe we’ve become complacent, content with the level of peacefulness and confidence we get from our own meditation practice?

Recently, the Sakyong has invited us as an international community to explore the meaning of this concept with him. In his recent Enlightened Society Treatise, he says that “enlightened” means awake to the goodness that is already here. He reminds us that a society starts with two people, any relationship. If two people can acknowledge each other’s basic, innate nature of wisdom and goodness, we can see how enlightened society occurs all the time.

What is the Treatise on Enlightened Society?

Written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche while he was on his year-long retreat in 2010, the Treatise on Enlightened Society sets out the meaning of enlightened society and its relevance for our contemporary world.

The Sakyong said he feels that the nature of the treatise itself calls for a social process of transmission. Accordingly, he has launched what he calls a "cascading lung," likely the first ever open-source lung (reading transmission) in our community, whereby all people are invited and empowered not only to receive but also to give the reading transmission.

Lung is a Tibetan term meaning “wind, breath, or energy” and it is used to refer to the process of receiving a reading transmission of a text. Receiving a text in this way is quite different from simply purchasing or downloading information—it includes a sense of empowerment and blessing that flows through a living, human lineage.

The Sakyong aspires to see the text spread among 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 help initiate this process at the Toronto Shambhala Centre, Victoria Hagens and Kelly Murphy are giving the lung. Everyone is welcome to request the lung and attend this event.

Please join us promptly at 10:30.  Once the reading has begun, no one will be able to enter. You may wish to come early for sitting meditation practice anytime between 9am-10:30.


Copies of the lung will be available to purchase after the reading, for $15.

To learn more about the treatise and the cascading lung, you may wish to read this Shambhala News Service article.

To request the lung, please register here.

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