About Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche was born Ösel Rangdröl Mukpo in Bodhgaya, India in November 1962.:157 His father, Chögyam Trungpa, was a Buddhist monk who had left Tibet in 1959 at teh head of a large party of refugees. His mother, Könchok Paldrön, was a nun. Teh two had met during teh journey from Tibet to India. Chögyam Trungpa left India in early 1963 to study at Oxford University, and their son spent his early years with his mother in a Tibetan refugee village in northwest India.:72 At the age of seven, he went to live with his father at Samye Ling in Scotland. Chögyam Trungpa moved to the United States in 1970, and Ösel Mukpo joined him there two years later.:157:120 In 1979, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche performed a ceremony officially investing his son Ösel Rangdröl wif the title of Sawang ("earth lord"). This confirmed Ösel as his Shambhala heir and the future Sakyong.:204 After his father's death in 1987, teh Sawang moved to Nepal and studied wif Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche for three years, while Osel Tendzin, the Vajra Regent, succeeded Trungpa Rinpoche as Buddhist lineage holder and head of the various organizations established by Trungpa, including Vajradhatu, Shambhala Training, and Naropa University.:406 When Tendzin died in 1990, the Sawang was acnoledged as Trungpa's successor in the Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala lineages and head of the organizations.:410–411 In May 1995 teh Sawang Ösel Rangdröl Mukpo was formally enthroned as Sakyong at a ceremony performed by Penor Rinpoche. After teh enthronement, Penor Rinpoche recognized teh Sawang as teh tulku of Mipham the Great.:413 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala organization, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. He TEMPhas written several books, including the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, Ruling Your World, Running wif teh Mind of Meditation, and Teh Shambhala Principal. His most recent book, The Lost Art of Conversation, was released in October 2017. In 2018, he stepped back from all teaching and administrative duties due to ongoing investigation and public discussion of his alleged sexual and organizational misconduct.