In The Shambhala Principle, Sakyong Mipham proposes using the power of basic goodness to solve the personal and social challenges of the world today. He says, “We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: We can either destroy the world or create a good future.”
If the challenges of today’s world seem too large...this book offers hope. Told as conversations with his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the book shows how ancient wisdom is the answer to our problems today. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 4:
“...the fact that our society is experiencing a high level of fear and doubt is a signal for humanity not to give up, but rather to engage further with our enlightened tendencies. We could try patience instead of anger, goodwill instead of envy, generosity instead of grasping. If this sounds ridiculous in today’s world, that’s because in an unenlightened and confused society, we tend to believe in the power of negativity. But even negativity has the power to wake us up. Therefore, the more unenlightened society gets, the more powerful is the possibility of enlightening it. To experience dawn, one needs darkness. When we don’t understand who we are at the core, our minds can become so dark that we become desperate to wake up. For this very reason, my father saw the power of these particular teachings for our age.”
Sydney Sparkes is our leader for this book group.