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Lions Roar : November 2008
67 SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 not working together at that level, it’s going to be a long haul. As Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, part of what we want is to ben- efit others. That is an important element in terms of how we view our marriage. Khandro Tseyang: Respect and trust— these are the qualities that you need to have for the relationship to work. And space—I feel that space is most important in a rela- tionship. Here in the West I’ve found that sometimes people are so attached to each other, especially in the beginning. They want to do everything for each other and there is too much attachment. So even at the beginning, if we try to give space to each other, then naturally the relation- ship will last. We started our relationship that way, and there has always been a lot of space. It’s important not to tire each other out by being too attached. What about feeling disappointed when your partner doesn’t fulfill your expectations? Khandro Tseyang: Holding on to little dis- appointments is another way to fill the space. It’s okay to be disappointed; things don’t have to go right all the time. People make mistakes, but then you shouldn’t be holding on to them. There is a certain way of working with it: let go. That’s very im- portant to know. Just forget and forgive. Start each day off fresh, not with, “What you said yesterday. . .” These are the things that people need to work on—not being too attached, let- ting go when your expectations are disap- pointed, and giving space to each other. This way the relationship will last. You have the titles Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, which connote royalty, and for most Westerners, this kind of title seems pretty for- eign. Yet in the Shambhala teachings it is said that all of us can be the kings and queens of our own lives. How can we bring these prin- ciples into our lives? Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: With the Shambhala principles, you approach your life with the view of awakened mind— sanity and goodness. The journey is fulfilling Earth Protector Lady BY EMILY HILBURN SELL IN A TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST CEREMONY held on August 16, Khandro Tseyang, the wife of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, was empowered as Sakyong Wangmo. The ceremony took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was per- formed by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the former supreme head of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The term Sakyong literally means “Earth Protector” in Tibetan, and is colloquially understood to mean “king.” The Sakyong rules by bringing an enlightened perspective into everyday activity for the benefit of others. The role of Sakyong Wangmo, or “Earth Protector Lady,” is to provide space for genuine communication to take place. As leaders of the Shambhala Buddhist community, with some ten thousand members worldwide, the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo manifest the vision of Shambhala, a tradition that teaches how to bring the spiritual and worldly aspects of our lives into harmony, fulfilling the essence of human potential. The Shambhala teachings emphasize confidence in the basic goodness of all beings and courageous rulership based on compassion and wisdom. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, introduced these teachings to the West and was the first in this lineage of Sakyongs. The Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo manifest the two essences of energy, the masculine and the feminine. The power of the Shambhala teachings is that they recognize and engage with these fundamental energies, viewing their qualities as the working basis for healthy and genuine human relation- ships. Once there is the enlightened feminine principle of space and wisdom, the enlightened masculine principle of compassion and skillful means can arise—for both men and women. As we wake up to these inherent principles, we begin to realize that we are all capable of living in a dignified way, sitting on the throne of our lives as fearless and gentle kings and queens. EMILY HILBURN SELL is Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s editor. The Sakyong Wangmo empowerment performed by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. ➢ page 114 PHOTOSBYMARVINMOORE NOV 64-67.indd 67 NOV 64-67.indd 67 9/1/08 12:22:51 PM 9/1/08 12:22:51 PM