Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is a bestselling author, runner, husband, and father. He is the lineage holder of the Shambhala teachings, guiding thousands of students worldwide on the path of meditation. 


about sakyong mipham

With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. Using everyday life as a means to ripen this spiritual potential, his teachings help us practice turning the mind toward others as a discipline that creates confidence and compassion.

Born in Bodh Gaya, India, in 1962, he is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lady Könchok Palden. He is the incarnation of Mipham the Great, a renowned Nyingma scholar and meditation master. As part of the Mukpo clan of eastern Tibet, he is a descendant of the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling.

The Sakyong is a husband and father of three daughters. An avid runner, he has completed nine marathons. He is author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally, and a forthcoming release in October 2017 from Harmony Books. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the Shambhala vision in Asia and the West. 

As the world gets harder, we have to maintain the ability to remain soft. This is not weakness, but strength,
like a tree simultaneously reaching up into the sky and rooting down into the earth
— Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, February 2017