Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
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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...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Harmony (first published 2012)
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Feb 18, 2013 Maria rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Kevin Shannon
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
Peter Clothier
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
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...more
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...more
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
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. :/
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...more
Luke Winders
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
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
Bill Gathen
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
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
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
Benjamin Zapata
"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
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...more
Taede Smedes
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
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
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...more
Alex Jeffries
I often entertain the idea of regular meditation, thinking that the practice would provide clarity and calm, two assets much needed in the life of a freelancer, hoping to gain a deeper insight into myself. In 'Running with the Mind of Meditation', Sakyong Mipham shares how that insight is possible through the dual-training of both mind and body, by meditating and running, in a series of easily digested chapters and steps filled with personal anecdotes and invitations for you to experience simila...more
Matthew Carlton
It's the beginning of the year, so it felt right to try and refocus on running. I don't remember where I saw this, but I thought it looked interesting, so I put it on Christmas wish list.

After receiving this book as a gift, I started reading it during my annual New Years vacation. I read the bulk of the book once I returned. The first twenty-five percent of the book was tedious for me to read, I couldn't connect with the material. Why? I'm not exactly sure.

The book didn't really offer any earth...more
I probably shouldn't have been surprised that a book by a Tibetan lama would have a spiritual slant, the abstract nature of which (e.g. the 'tiger phase', the 'windhorse contemplation') I had difficulty grasping. But I did appreciate the more concrete advice for a spiritual approach to running, and for meditation in general. I came to the book hoping to replace pure meditation (which I've made some half-hearted attempts at but never really made a habit) with mindful running, and ended up feeling...more
Who can resist a Buddhist monk who runs marathons? I read this book little by little at night, and I loved it. I have never been successful with meditation, but I love what he had to say about pain. In this book, there is short story about monks who would carry knives to kill themselves should they not reach their goals of enlightenment. This prompted me to create my own statement of motivation that I need "to carry the knife" in races. Of course, I'd never go all Seppuku over a race, but I love...more
I somehow suspect that catering a meditation book to running is simply another market yet untapped... However, with that said his meditation guidance was not overly preachy as some other books have been and his obvious joy for the sport could be sensed. Worth a look.
Allie Mullin
I'm not a runner at all, but this book was a great way to learn about mindfulness during physical exertion. I'm trying to incorporate more of the idea of gentleness into my life-I don't have to beat myself up to realize my potential, and that's a scary and exciting thought!
I also found Mipham's approach to pain/illness very interesting:
"There is clearly a relationship between a healthy mind and a healthy body, and a relationship between imbalance and illness. We embody our worries. We have to le...more
I could not have found this book at a more perfect time. I had recently watched an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter about the benefits of meditation and I was very interested in learning, however, meditation retreats are way out of my budget. At the same time I was thinking of rebuilding my running base, so this title totally stood out to me, and I loved it. I really like that he takes you through the basic instructions of meditation for beginners, including what you should be seeking as you prog...more
A lovely book with some thoughts on how to begin meditating, even doing it while running. The author includes information on his own runs but only as it pertains to meditation. He blends info and biography seamlessly.
Jan-Jaap van Peperstraten
A bit of a mixed bag. Some interesting anecdotes, some actual insights. Somehow the style of writing vaguely annoyed me. Not overly structured. One can read it in a single sitting, and perhaps one should.
this book was exactly what i needed to mentally prep for my upcoming marathon. very often during my runs my mind will wander off and i'll start having negative thoughts about wanting to stop, or i'll focus on why everything hurts. mipham very simply suggests that when this happens to focus on your breath, locate the pain, accept it and move on, and to continually ask yourself what your motivation is. it can be as simple as running to the end of the block or up a hill but small things like this c...more
A simple yet brillant book filled with pearls of wisdom about the integration of mind and body. While the book may appeal particularly to runners, the psychology of mind-body connection is relevant to all aspects of life. The book teaches how to enrich our exercises through practising mindfulness and awareness, drawing parallels between meditation and running.
"Movement is good for the body, and stillness is good for the mind. To lead a balanced life, we need to engage and be active, and to deep...more
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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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“If we do not push ourselves enough, we do not grow, but if we push ourselves too much, we regress. What is enough will change, depending on where we are and what we are doing. In that sense, the present moment is always some kind of beginning.” 5 likes
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