January 2012: NEW BOOK: Running with the Mind of Meditation

We are delighted to confirm that the Sakyong’s newest book, Running with the Mind of Meditation, will be published in early April this year. The official book launch will take place in Boulder, Colorado on Earth Day, April 22nd 2012. The Sakyong will be running the annual 5k Earth Day race, followed by a public book signing at The Rembrandt Yard, a downtown Boulder art gallery. It is our hope that the regional Shambhala Centers will be a strong presence at both events to help celebrate the release of the Sakyong’s new book.

For some months now, a team of more than 200 Meditation Instructors and those with running experience in more than 60 centres and groups have been working on plans for Running with the Mind of Meditation programs and events, with a special emphasis on taking them beyond the confines of our Shambhala World to public venues such as athletic clubs, running stores, community centre or other locations.

There have now been two conference calls, with a total of more than 70 of the Shambhala runners and meditation instructors already. These provide an introduction to this initiative by Jon Pratt, and start to motivate people to start their own training using the Sakyong’s instructions.

A resource webpage for instructors and centre leadership is now available: http://shambhala.org/members/runningwiththemind/. Please look here to see the information being provided to the Shambhala leadership and the runner/meditation instructors. Video clips and some publicity resources will also be added to the page in the near future.

You can help promote the book by pre-ordering now from your favorite local book store or Amazon.com. However, if centres have a bookstore and prefer to set up an account with Random House for direct orders, they may contact Customer Service at [email protected]

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About Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch was appointed by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, as the President of Shambhala in 2002 — a position he holds to this day. He heads the Government of Shambhala and chairs the highest governing body of the mandala, the Kalapa Council. Prior to his position in Shambhala, he was the global media chief of the human rights organization, Amnesty International, and continues as a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation and Chair of the International Working Group on Sri Lanka, a network of diplomats and major agencies devoted to peace making.