Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
In the West, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche serves as temporal and spiritual director of Shambhala®, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. The Sakyong—literally “earth-protector”—is a “dharma king” and lineage holder of Shambhala, a tradition that emphasizes confidence in the enlightened nature of all beings, and teaches a courageous life, based on wisdom and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Sakyong is unique in that he bridges two worlds—Asian and Western—having been brought up in both cultures. The Sakyong is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the incarnation of Mipham the Great, a renowned Nyingma scholar and meditation master. As part of the Mukpo clan of eastern Tibet, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche descends from the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling.