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Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind

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A unique fitness program from a highly respected spiritual leader that blends physical and spiritual practice for everyone - regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability - to great benefits for both body and soul.

As a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala (an international community of 165 meditation centers), Sakyong Mipham has found physical activity to be essent
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Harmony (first published 2012)
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Feb 18, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: General Public, runners
Recommended to Maria by: I just saw it at politics & prose
Second Reading: February 18, 2013
I plan on starting a running program. The last time I read this book it inspired me to start a running program, but I never took a step.

This time, I'm ready to take the step, I just needed a running-buddy of sorts, a teacher really. I already knew what was within the pages, so I considered this a refresher on the joys found within running.

What I realized this time is that if I live in the moment, and my goal of running is to live in the moment, then I don't have
May 13, 2012 Terzah rated it really liked it
Shelves: running-books
I do not have an Eastern mindset.

I remember going to a one-off book club meeting with a bunch of women, all acquaintances of my boss, about two months after my twins were born five years ago. Other than some "dates" with my husband, I hadn't been out much. I wasn't back at work yet, and my overachieving breasts made so much milk that being far away from the babies and the breast pump for any length of time was a recipe for misery. But I longed for adult conversation, so when I was invited to thi
Peter Clothier
May 22, 2012 Peter Clothier rated it it was amazing
I would have been happy to have come across Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind twenty years ago, before my lower back and my hips and knees started telling me that enough was enough. Authored by Sakyong Mipham, the leader of Shambala and himself an experienced marathon runner, the book is part inspiration, part invaluable instruction manual in the parallel arts of running and meditation. Running, I have always maintained, is a mug’s game: do it often enough, ...more
Yelda Basar Moers
If you run, meditate, practice yoga or just love fitness, you should absolutely read this book.

I’ve always viewed my running practice as a moving meditation and wondered how the two disciplines converged. When I saw this book, I thought it could answer the many questions I’ve always had about the connection between running and meditation.

Running with the Mind of Meditation is a wonderful read about two very synergistic practices. Sakyong Mipham is a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala, a commu
Feb 02, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I’ve been a runner for over ten years, and practiced yoga for over five years. I noticed an increase in my recovery time and overall health after regularly incorporating yoga sequences and stretches into everyday. Running and yoga both bring a peace of mind. I’ve never practiced meditation but I’ve always been intrigued by it.

Sakyong Mipham is a leader of meditation retreats and a 9-time marathoner. His book, Running with the Mind of Meditation, combined mindful meditation into running in order
Kevin Shannon
Apr 27, 2012 Kevin Shannon rated it it was ok
I am giving this 2 stars as it is bad karma to criticize Buddhists and I must admit I skipped quite a bit of the latter parts of this lightweight volume. It reminded me of a British sausage, not much meat and a lot of filling, and I think that may be because the subjects are simple; meditation is not thinking and running is putting one foot in front of the other, everything else is elaboration. I do not doubt the sincerity of the compilers, maybe my western mind is too rigid for the truths writt ...more
Luke Winders
Dec 21, 2012 Luke Winders rated it it was amazing
This book may have changed my life. I'll have to get back to you on that one. Running has certainly changed my life. I began to become less fat and now can't imagine life without it. As I began to increase my distances I realized I would occasionally lose chunks of miles and time and really liked the peace of mind it brought me. This all reminded me of my teenage (beat-gen inspired) interest in Buddhism and half-ass forays into meditation (never got to do the yabyum thing, though). So now I'm de ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Qi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-to-books
Unlike most running books, this is not a technical manual on how to run. Written by Sakyong Mipham, leader of Shambhala tradition, this book is a rumination of running, meditation, and the Shambhala world view. The tone is casual and approachable. Heavily utilizing animal metaphors and personal anecdotes, this book is a kind and gentle encouragement for both running and meditation in a particularly way. Here, running is to gain health and clarity of mind, not a performance in terms of time and d ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
I am not aware of any other books that bring together running and meditation as clearly or at such length as this book. For this reason, the book is inherently interesting for someone who is interested in or practices both (such as myself). It is conversational in tone, dare I say 'breezy,' and trots along at a nice pace from start to finish.

The basic premise of the book is the application of Shambhala meditation principles (Tiger, Lion, Garuda, Dragon, Windhorse) to running. I'm knowledgeable a
Oct 29, 2013 Marshall rated it it was ok
If you're passionate about running and meditation, you'll probably enjoy this book, but I doubt you'd get much from it. It's mostly just his thoughts on meditation, running, and some of the parallels he sees between them. He talks about some of his marathons. He uses animal analogies, the tiger, lion, garuda, dragon, and windhorse, to represent the phases of advancements, both in running and in meditation. Reminded me a little of martial arts. Some of this book inspired me somewhat in my running ...more
Benjamin Zapata
Mar 05, 2014 Benjamin Zapata rated it really liked it
"Movement is good for the body; stillness is good for the mind." - Sakyong Mipham. "A profound guide to the integration of mind and body." -Larry Dossey,MD. Now that I'm getting ready for this year San Francisco Marathon(2014), this books has been a great help and inspiration in training my mind and body. Having ran nine marathons and one ultra himself, Sakyong Miphan brings together his wisdom about meditation and running in this wonderful guide that is sure to help you on your runs through the ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, non-fiction
As a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala (a global community of more than 200 meditation centers), Sakyong Mipham has found physical activity to be essential for spiritual well-being. He's been trained in horsemanship and martial arts but has a special love for running. Here he incorporates his spiritual practice with running, presenting basic meditation instruction and fundamental principles he has developed. Even though both activities can be complicated, the lessons in this book are simple a ...more
This is a lightweight book both in length and in its treatment of the subject matter. Having said that, I must acknowledge that both running and meditation (and running as meditation) could fill up large volumes by themselves. Mipham's writing, while far from pithy, definitely opens the mind to many topics related to both subjects. He provides some good food for thought as well as some good introductory tools and concepts. I found myself saying, "that's it?", meaning that both Miphram and I know ...more
Bill Gathen
Jul 26, 2012 Bill Gathen rated it it was amazing
A life-changer. Got me much deeper into meditation and helped my running quite a bit, too. Both activities seem dead-simple, but there are such depths to be plumbed for someone who digs deep. They are doorways into enormous worlds that can't be described, only experienced. Without the experience, the descriptions are completely misleading. Try it.
James Furiosi
Feb 05, 2014 James Furiosi rated it really liked it
I started studying Eastern religions last april and started running in September. Had an injury in November and it was hard to walk. This book gives a very simple and meaningful overview on meditation and how to have compassion toward's one's body to become a good runner. I was more interested in the Tibetan stages if tiger, lion, garuda and dragon with this book. I love how it incorporates a mindset with running. When I ran 13 miles, i had a contemplation mindset. The tips on conditioning, howe ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Ronald rated it really liked it
This book is written by a Tibetan monk and if you are going to read a book on meditating and running why not one written by a monk who have made meditation into a religion. For those who know that meditation is not spiritual but a discipline you need to read this book in the context of your own beliefs. That being said, I think it was an excellent book about helping me to go beyond the pain of running to experiencing the joy of running. It teaches you to enjoy the moment and the surroundings whi ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Stijn rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
In het eerste hoofdstuk krijg je een soort overzicht van wat de auteur verstaat onder mindfulness en meditatie, wat de link met hardlopen is, en welke fases van ontwikkeling je hierin kan doormaken. De verwoording voelde soms wat zweverig aan, maar uiteindelijk kreeg ik een vrij goed begrip van wat er bedoeld werd.

De daarop volgende hoofdstukken gaan dieper in op die verschillende stadia. Bij de eerste paar kon ik mij nog min of meer iets praktisch voorstellen, maar naar het einde toe werd het a
Dec 19, 2014 Kate rated it it was ok
It was good off the start, but like most self-help books, I got bored. I need a self help book on how to read and incorporate self help books. :/
Mar 15, 2014 Anni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mieltä avartava, mielen lujuutta vahvistava ja ajatuksia kirkastava lukukokemus. Kirja ei ole juoksuopas, vaan mielen ja kehon yhteyttä juoksuharjoittelussa tarkasteleva harjoituskirja. Olen erittäin New Age ja uskontoallerginen, mutta en kokenut minkäänlaista vaivaantunutta 'just joo' -hetkeä. Meditaation periaatteet esiteltiin tyynesti ja eleettömästi; juoksuharjoittelun meditatiiviset ulottuvuudet avattiin hyvin selkeästi ja käytännönläheisesti. Kirja ei kaipaa rekvisiittaa yrttijuomista, sui ...more
Bernie Gourley
Jun 02, 2016 Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the mind / body interaction.
Tibetan Buddhists believe Sakyong Mipham is the reincarnation of a great teacher from late 19th century Tibet. He’s also completed many marathons—nine at the time of this book’s publication. He’s certainly qualified to comment on meditation, running, and the nexus of the two--if there is such a thing. However, it may not be clear that the topics are particularly connected. Readers may have an intuitive sense that they are closely connected, but without sufficient understanding of both elements t ...more
May 01, 2016 puppy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic-running
Sakyong Mipham, a Buddhist high lama and accomplished runner, calmly and clearly examines the intersection of running and meditation.

The book is organized into roughly five sections, each corresponding to a phase of mindful running: the tiger, learning embodiment; the snow lion, delighting in it; the garuda, realm of "outrageous" runs and pushing your comfort zone; the dragon, broadening awareness and compassion; and finally the windhorse, or enlightenment.

Amidst all the mythical animals and al
Robert Jonsson
Nov 01, 2015 Robert Jonsson rated it really liked it
Sakyong Mipham är en Shambala-munk och långdistanslöpare, i ”Running with the mind of meditation”, visar han på beröringspunkterna. Den inre stillheten som man kan finna både genom meditation och genom att rent fysiskt trötta ut sig. Men han tar även upp skillnaderna och förklarar hur att springa genom 2-timmarslistan på Spotify eller att gå igenom dagen mentalt under löpturen inte är att meditera eller vila sinnet. Hur man faktiskt rent mentalt kan känna sig än tröttare efter en sådan runda. Nu ...more
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Krista Squires
Dec 13, 2014 Krista Squires rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone with a body. It is directed at those interested in running and/or seated meditation and how the principles go together, but I found most of the book can be directly applied to my yoga practice and many other parts of life as well. I was constantly highlighting sections of this book to come back to later, as he makes so many great points that stuck with me. It is one I think you can come back to again and again and can really help many people positively shift the w ...more
May 30, 2015 Marije rated it really liked it
Shelves: running
This book explains how the practice of meditation can help you run.
It is not about meditating while you run (although you can do that, too), but about the overlap between training the mind and training the body. Both have obvious benefits of their own, but Sakyong Mipham shows, in short, accessible chapters, how one and one is more than two.

He uses the four stages of Tibetan meditation as his starting point. Meditation is a skill that requires practice and perseverance. A beginner needs to lea
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Dit boek van de hand van Sakyong Mipham – de spiritueel leider van het wereldwijde boeddhistische netwerk Shambhala – is een heel gezond boek. Het wil niet alleen de geest voeden, door de lezer aan te zetten tot meditatie. Maar het wil ook het lichaam van de lezer voeden, door hem of haar te inspireren om te gaan hardlopen. Meditatie en hardlopen zijn weliswaar niet hetzelfde, maar het is mogelijk om een manier te ontwikkelen om “mindful” te hardlopen, dus hardlopen “met een meditatieve mindset” ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Colleen rated it it was ok
When I picked up the book written by a marathon-running Tibetan lama, I believed it relate a personal story about a mediator who had taken up running. While there are some take-away quotes, this book is mostly about mediation and it is mostly about recording a mediation process in four stages of growth and recounting matter-of-factly without much background or setting. As an avid runner I had hoped this book would give information about the journey and progress of running with the mind of mediat ...more
Jul 14, 2012 JDK1962 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. I feel as if a lot of it sailed over my head though, so maybe this is the sort of book you should re-read at intervals. I've always been interested in meditation, and have been trying to build my running base and prepare for a marathon, so this was right up my alley. I had never really thought about the many parallels before, nor about combining the activities.

Still not sure about some of the higher level stuff, about running for the the benefit of others. Perhaps it's meant th
Apr 04, 2016 Wisethady rated it it was amazing
i started rather dubiously when Sakyong announced he had been asked to write a book about running and meditation but continued when he said he didn't think he had enough experience at the time and so off he went and ran several marathons. I'm glad i persevered as it is a book full of wisdom about both running and meditation. See my blog 1615 The Bray 10k - Mindful Running at my usual blogspot
Caitlin Hunter
Sep 01, 2015 Caitlin Hunter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Fantastic book. I've learned so much about the mind and the body and how they are connected. Great perspective on how to improve my running abilities and mindsets, excited to put it to use.

A few of my favorite lines:
"getting angry does not help us grow from the experience!"

"happiness is not a goal but rather a byproduct of healthy activities"

"The wise are balanced, and the foolish are extreme!"

"Just do it- with gentleness"

The Tiger and Lion phase are my favorite, particularly learning about gen
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Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, The Kongma Sakyong II Jampal Trinley Dradül (born Osel Rangdrol Mukpo in 1962), most commonly known as Sakyong Mipham, is the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International, a worldwide network of urban Buddhist meditation centers, retreat centers, monasteries, a university, and other enterprises, founded by his father, the Buddhist teacher Chögy ...more
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