Sakyong Mipham

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Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong, book signing.jpg
Religion Kagyü and Nyingma
School Shambhala Buddhist
Lineage Chogyam Trungpa
Born 1962
Religious career
Reincarnation Mipham the Great
Sakyong Mipham
Tibetan name
Tibetan ས་སྐྱོང་མི་ཕམ་

Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, Jampal Trinley Dradul (born Osel Rangdrol Mukpo in 1962) is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International, a worldwide network of urban Buddhist meditation centers, retreat centers, monasteries, a university, and other enterprises, founded by his father, the Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (XI Trungpa Tulku). Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is a high lama in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is believed by some Buddhists[who?] to be the second incarnation of Mipham the Great, who is revered in Tibet as an emanation of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.[not verified in body] Rinpoche is an honorific (meaning "precious one" in Tibetan) commonly afforded to tulkus.[not verified in body]


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers grounded in the inherent goodness of humanity. The Sakyong, literally translated as “earth protector,” is a dharma king and lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, guiding thousands of students around the world in the path of meditation. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, he teaches meditation and social transformation while also guiding a number of humanitarian projects. Born in Bodhgaya, India, in 1962, the Sakyong is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As a young man, the Sakyong studied with the great Tibetan masters: His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. He is married to Khandro Tseyang Palmo and has two children. In 2006 the Sakyong initiated the Compassionate Leadership conference and dialogues by presenting His Holiness Dalai Lama with the Living Peace Award; awarded to living examples of people who benefit humanity. The Sakyong has written many books including the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, award winning Ruling Your World, and Running with the Mind of Meditation. He is also an avid poet, artist, and athlete. The Sakyong’s new book, The Shambhala Principle, was released on May 7th, 2013.

Dharma activity[edit]

Sakyong Mipham leads programs and retreats at Shambhala Centers throughout North America and Europe. He oversees the development of the Shambhala community and works closely with its senior teachers and leaders. In 2001 Sakyong Mipham visited Tibet for the first time. Here he was greeted by thousands of people as the Sakyong and the rebirth of Mipham, returning to the place that his father had left in 1959. Choseng Trungpa, the Twelfth Trungpa Tulku, along with the other tulkus and leaders of Surmang, asked him to assume stewardship of the Surmang monasteries and their people. While in Tibet he was also asked to assume responsibility for Weyen monastery, the Gesar orphanage, and the Mipham Institute in Golok, and Khamput Monastery in Kham; his support for all of these is now directed through the Kunchok Foundation.

In 2004 he returned to India to meet for the first time with Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, and also journeyed back to Tibet to visit the monasteries under his care.

The Sakyong travels extensively, teaching throughout the world.

Lineage of Sakyongs[edit]

The Sakyong holds and propagates the teachings of Shambhala, an enlightened society. This tradition emphasizes confidence in the basic goodness of all beings and teaches courageous rulership based on wisdom and compassion. The term "Sakyong" literally means "earth-protector" in Tibetan, although it is colloquially understood to mean "king". Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is regarded as a chögyal (Sanskrit dharmaraja) – "king of truth" – who combines the spiritual and worldly paths. The first Dharmaraja of Shambhala, Dawa Sangpo, was said to have been empowered directly by the Buddha. The Sakyong is the earthly embodiment or emanation of the Rigden — enlightened awareness — and in this sense he is a tulku (Tibetan), or nirmanakaya (Sanskrit) of the Rigden.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is regarded as the first in this lineage of Sakyongs, and as such he is referred to as the "Druk Sakyong", or "Dragon Earth-Protector". In 1978, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche performed a ceremony officially confirming Ösel Rangdröl as his Shambhala heir and the future Sakyong.[1][verification needed]

Sakyong Mipham's wife Khandro Tseyang. (Credits)

Sakyong Wangmo[edit]

The consort of the Sakyong is referred to as the Sakyong Wangmo. The first Sakyong Wangmo was Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's widow, Lady Diana Mukpo. As of 2013 the Sakyong Wangmo was Khandro Tseyang Ripa Mukpo, daughter of Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, to whom Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was married on June 10, 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[2][dead link][3][dead link] The marriage included a lhasang held at Citadel Hill National Historic Site. Khandro Tseyang was empowered as Sakyong Wangmo in a ceremony held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Khandro Tseyang Ripa Mukpo have a daughter named Drukmo Yeshe Sarasvati Ziji Mukpo (Lady Dragon Wisdom), born August 11, 2010.



  • The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure, Harmony Books, 2013, ISBN 0770437435
  • Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind, Harmony Books, 2012, ISBN 0307888169
  • Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life, Morgan Road Books, 2005, ISBN 0-7679-2065-1
  • Turning the Mind into an Ally, Riverhead Books, 2004, ISBN 1-57322-345-X


See also[edit]



  • Hayward, Jeremy (2007) Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chogyam Trungpa ISBN 0-86171-546-2

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