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Lions Roar : May 2013
humanity remains the same. What leads to a climate of unpredictability is not knowing our intangible nature. It is time for humanity to connect with this univer- sal principle, the basis for all human cul- ture, so that basic goodness can become a healthy and grounding element. In that light, The Shambhala Principle explores basic goodness not only in Eastern thought but also in Western phi- losophy and culture, acknowledging that basic goodness has no borders. It has genuine potential to benefit the multicul- tural nature of our modern geopolitical landscape because it is dynamic, alive, and energetic—the nature of life altogether. With this understanding, basic goodness is not simply a concept to be explored but an immediate and tangible experience that we encounter every time we breathe, smell, touch, or look. Because it is instinc- tual, it is not a premeditated decision but the essence of our humanity. When we personally lose contact with what makes us human, we naturally lose touch with the fabric of society, and society devolves into an individualistic struggle where people are disconnected from themselves and others. This leads to a lack of care toward nature and the environment. In contrast, basic goodness is an expression of the natural harmony that exists when humanity connects with its own internal environment. This leads us to connect with the external environ- ment. This is what my father meant by “enlightened society.” In discovering basic goodness, we have a great opportunity to influence how the world moves toward the future. We can use our understanding to create enlightened society. The Shambhala Principle invites the reader to share my journey by reflecting on these core principles. This journey leads beyond personal transformation, to the understanding that basic goodness is a socially viable principle that could sta- bilize and transform our world. I hope it will inspire the reader to reflect and to gain courage, exploring the real possibility of effecting social transformation by dem- onstrating the principle of basic goodness at home, at work, and in society. o SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2013 17