It’s Christmas eve. A tweet from the head of the Shamhala Buddhist lineage comes across my screen. Yes, he tweets…
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche or “The Sakyong” is an interesting guy. A husband, dad and leader of a global spiritual community and lineage, he’s also a real “renaissance lama.” He bridges two worlds—one of ancient wisdom and one of modern reality—with astonishing ease.
The word “Sakyong,” in his name, by the way, is actually a title and it translates to “Earth Protector.” The New Yorker in me thinks “if that was my job, I’d have t-shirts and FBI-style parkas printed with the words ‘EARTH PROTECTOR’ in big white block letters.” I’m guessing that’s one reason titles like that go to people like him.
Back to the mysterious Christmas tweet. He offers something that, from the mouth or touchscreen of another, might sound like a platitude, but it’s him, so I listen because I know there’s something deeper going on.
Here’s what he tweets:
It is said that if our intention is to help others…we will never have any regret. Regret is a result of trying to make “me” happy.
It makes me wonder. I think about things I’ve done in the past that had outcomes “other than desired.”
Where was MY intention? Was it to “help others?”
Would the outcomes really have been different if my intention was more “pure?” And even if the outcomes had stayed the same, would I have been more at peace with the way things unfolded because my intention was cleaner?
My recent conversation with Simon Sinek comes to mind where he shares how, before stepping on stage to keynote, he reminds himself “I’m here to give,” and releases any expectation beyond that. I’ve started doing that, too, and it changes the way I operate, though it’s not always easy to lead with the level of purity invited by Sinek and the Sakyong (seriously, that needs to be a cartoon).
What do YOU think?
Truly “doable” in the real world?
How have you experienced both sides of living and not living into this ethic?
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