Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training the Body and the Mind

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Harmony, $20 (208p) ISBN 978-0-307-88816-7
While applying Buddhist ideas to running is not new, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (Ruling Your World) provides a fresh twist by using Shambhala principles to improve the practice of running. The author, head of the worldwide Shambhala Buddhist organization and son of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, investigates the relationship between running and meditation and how mindfulness can enhance the ability to run long distances. The book is organized around the “four dignities” of the Shambhala warriorship path—tiger, lion, garuda (bird and human), and dragon, which represent different qualities applicable to both sport and mind training. Chapters address building a base, motivation, gentleness, dealing with pain, and intention. Trained since childhood in meditation, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche moved from running neophyte to seasoned marathoner using mindfulness to enhance his ability to finish long races. The writing is clear, the advice simple and direct, using examples from his own runs and competitions. Each section is followed by a contemplation practice, and meditation instruction is included. Agent: Reid Boates Literary Agency. (Apr. 10)
Reviewed on: 03/19/2012
Release date: 04/10/2012
Genre: Religion
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