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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 essen
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Harmony (first published 2012)
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May 26, 2012 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 01, 2012 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 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
Jan 27, 2013 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 25, 2012 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 13, 2012 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
Alia Makki
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most powerful messages that I got from this book was the part where he discussed a transcendental stage in running. The stage where you start thinking about purposes beyond yourself. Inno, like what the Prophet used to say, إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّةِ وَإِنَّمَا لِامْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوْ امْرَأَةٍ يَتَزَوَّجُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ ...more
Rohan S.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In order to become well versed in a certain topic, one must dig deep for information that is not generally taught. Being a runner myself, I was looking to advance my skill level to the next level. A coach from a nearby town recommended this book because it allowed him to expand his knowledge about running. However, I was interested in the book to utilize the methods being taught by Sakyong Mipham, who is a high lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Teaching many strategies to improve the strength of the bod ...more
Jul 20, 2013 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
Mar 02, 2014 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
Pierre Fortier
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: training
Je retournerai souvent vers ce livre qui tient maintenant sa place dans le rang de mes références, de mon inspiration et de ma motivation. Puisque la méditation est axée sur l'attention portée à la respiration, puisque la course à pied est également basée en grande partie sur le contrôle de sa respiration et la volonté que celle-ci devienne plus performante et efficace, Sakyong Mipham inter relie les deux activités avec sagesse, simplicité, pertinence et sobriété. Pour ceux qui méditent et qui c ...more
Jul 24, 2012 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 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
Bill Gathen
Jul 09, 2012 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.
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: da-do-run-run
Fuel for runners and meditators of all levels; includes lots of mantras and tips interwoven with personal anecdotes and Buddhist beliefs. Separating the information into different sections by animal metaphor made the material especially memorable. Like a good run, this book is a soothing, energizing experience.
Marlo Goff
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Highly recommend for any runner.
Jul 28, 2013 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. :/
John Spalding
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book for beginners--whether new to running, meditation, or both. As one who started both running and meditation my junior year of college some, gulp, 31 years ago, I found it full of insight and inspiration I can take to the cushion and the trails. It's hard to think of someone more qualified to write this book than Sakyong Mipham, a Tibetan lama and head of the Shambhala lineage (he's also the son of Chogyam Trungpa), who has serious cred as a runner, which was new to me. He ...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
Jennifer Stone
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I return to this book again and again when I want to re-center my life because this book/memoir is essentially about being in harmony with oneself by setting performance goals, hiring the best trainers, and being disciplined. It reminds me to pay attention to the body so that I can optimize my mind. I love this book for another reason. The author is Buddhist royalty. His life is intriguing.
David Mcnaughton
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a conventional book - it is interesting that his next book will be about conversation, because some of the chapters seemed like a conversation - strong content, but sometimes "meandering" taking a while to get to the point. Fine in a conversation, a little unusual in a book, but again, enough strong ideas that this is very much worth reading
Hernán Urbano
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entretenido viaje con el monje y su trayectoria deportiva. Nos muestra las similitudes entre la meditación y el trote... muchas de las cosas que comenta ya habían sido notadas por los que solemos aplanar calles y senderos trotando. Bonita mezcla de sudor, encordonas, esfuerzo y espiritualidad.
Jodie Thill
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A much needed message in small, easily consumed chapters. A message of peace, kindness and love with the goal of helping to direct those who have chosen adding running to their lives.
Francis H J Chia
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good holiday read

Good book to remind me of being mindful and one universality truth of love and humans can love if they so choose
Ron Lai
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
can't tell if this is for runners, meditators, neither, or both. spiritual theory kinda cool. but im not that spiritual either so tiger and lion away!
Lukáš Horák
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me it was a great start into meditating practice. Book gives you a lot of advices for more satisfied life and how running and meditating can help you at it.
Shane Campbell
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book, hard to get through but learned some.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clear and concise- things to keep in mind while running and meditating.
Bernie Gourley
Sep 26, 2015 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
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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.” 7 likes
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