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Tibetan Buddhist Leader Also Runs Marathons

With the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon and attendant bombing coming next week, Bostonians are understandably a little nervous, hopeful, fearful and thoughtful.

The Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Runner and meditation leader Sakyong Mipham RinpocheMar
Marvin Ross

There will be many activities this coming week honoring the victims, caregivers, EMT's and friends, and memorials to what happened that terrible day when all the runners hoped to do was finish the race. Many will come to finish the race they couldn't last year and it will be an emotional scene.

One of the events around the marathon takes place this coming Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Street Church at the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets, as close as one can get to the finish line. There, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, will bring a message ot comfort, compassion and kindness to a city that needs it more than ever.

What's special about the Sakyong is that he, too, is a marathon runner, having run nine marathons and in fact ran in the Boston Marathon in 2006, so he knows what it's like to finish that race.

The Sakyong, as he is called, is the spiritual and secular leader of Shambhala, a global network of contemplative communities, grounded in the power of creating enlightened society in everyday life and the inherent goodness of humanity. He is believed by some Buddhists to be the second incarnation of Mipham the Great, who is revered in Tibet. He is also the author of several books including "Running With the Mind of Meditation," "Turning the Mind into an Ally" and award winning "Ruling Your World."

The Sakyong, literally translated as "earth Protector," is a dharma king and lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, guiding thousands of students around the world in the path of meditation.

He is married with two daughters and divides his time between Boulder, Colorado, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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