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Timely relevant wisdom, 12 Jun. 2013
This book proposes something outrageous: that we look to perceive human nature as basically sane and good. With the level of blame, hatred and aggression exhibited in the world today, it is a bold request. Sakyong Mipham explores this proposition, not with naivety, but through a thorough analysis of the human experience. He offers anecdotes from his own and his father's life, drawing on ancient wisdom traditions, but clearly showing how the question of human nature is one of the core decisions facing us today. The book challenges presumed epistemological hierarchies, elucidating with immense clarity the mechanism that
can crack open our hardened experience towards ourselves, others and our world - allowing insight, compassion and wisdom to become the drivers of our actions. Although Sakyong Mipham comes from a Buddhist background, his message is beyond religion. It is rooted in our shared and very human experience. This book points out a simple yet powerful tool inherent in all humans.
The Shambhala Principle is certainly of relevance to educators or anyone interested in social change, but is highly recommended for all. It might be one of the most important considerations of our time.