Inner Peace - Global Impact

Tibetan Buddhism, Leadership, and Work

Edited by:
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Coherent Change

A volume in the series: Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research and Application. Editor(s): Louis W. Fry, Texas A&M University Central Texas.

Published 2012

INNER PEACE—GLOBAL IMPACT describes underlying principles of Tibetan wisdom traditions relevant for successful leadership in the 21st century as well as Tibetan teachers whose entrepreneurial actions were critical to the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. With first-person narratives, personal stories, scholarly research, and commentaries by noted social scientists, this book is written for everyone who wants ideas to revitalize leadership.

It is rich with vivid pictures of deep personal experience. Long-time Western Tibetan Buddhist practitioners describe how their practice has influenced them in fields as diverse as scientific research, social work, art, dance, and university teaching. The Dalai Lama is seen through the eyes of his long-time friend, eminent author Huston Smith, as well as through the experiences of Thupten Jinpa, his 25-year English translator. Sogyal Rinpoche shares his vision for transforming traditional ways of studying, while Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, a 10th generation Tibetan yogi, reflects on the challenges of teaching in a Western culture where perspectives differ so vastly from those of Tibet.

With insights from Tibetan lamas and Western thought leaders including Peter Senge, Bill George, and Margaret Wheatley, this book creates new visions for leadership and the workplace.

Series Preface, Louis (Jody) W. Fry. Preface, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler. Acknowledgments. A Sense of the Possible: Can Tibetan Buddhism Revitalize Leadership and Work? An Exploration in the Sociology of Knowledge, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler. SECTION I: LEADERSHIP: TIBETAN BUDDHISM AS A SOURCE FOR NEW PERSPECTIVES. The Dalai Lama and the Development of Buddhism in the West, Huston Smith. The Fundamental Equality of All of Us: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as a Global Leader, Thupten Jinpa. Leading for Change, Dialogue for Openness: Feminine Principle Teachings for Leaders, Judith Simmer-Brown. Increasing Leadership Integrity Through Mind Training and Embodied Learning, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler. SECTION II: INDIVIDUALS: HOW TIBETAN BUDDHIST PRACTICE IMPACTS PEOPLE AT WORK. Bringing Lingdro to the West: A Dance of Blessing and Peace, Lin Lerner. Learning to Rest, John Eric Baugher. The Art of Now, Scott Snibbe. Flying High and Serving Others Isn’t Always Smooth Sailing, Dana Browning. Releasing Our Attachment, Carl Mangum. Research as a Path of Mindfulness, Paul Ritvo. SECTION III: ORGANIZATIONS: ORGANIZING FOR THE FUTURE. Bamboo Through Concrete... Growing Tibetan Buddhism in the West—The Story of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (the FPMT), Nicholas Ribush. Leading with Authenticity and Presence: The Legacy of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Susan Skjei. Tibetan Buddhism in Modern Western Culture, Sogyal Rinpoche. Developing Rigpa as a Spiritual Organization, Philip Philippou. SECTION IV: RESEARCH: TIBETAN BUDDHISM IN WESTERN SITUATIONS. The “Quiet Revolution” in Care for the Dying, John Eric Baugher. East Meets West: The Development and Methods of Crucible Research, Bronwen Rees. Being a Bodhisattva at Work: Perspectives on the Influence of Buddhist Practices in Entrepreneurial Organizations, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler. SECTION V: REFLECTIONS: THOUGHTS FROM EAST AND WEST. Teaching Wisdom Culture in the West, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. Leadership, Self-Awareness, and Compassion, Bill George. “Leaders Should Be People Who Are Deeply Involved in Their Own Realization of Being a Human Being”, Peter Senge. Ancient Wisdom, Social Science, and the Vastness of the Human Spirit, Margaret Wheatley. Glossary. About the Contributors.

"When the very survival of our planet is at stake, a deeper understanding of practical ways to provide authentic leadership is needed. [This book] connects the wisdom teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and their relevance to the perils and promises of the modern world in a way that is timely and comes as a blessing to us all." Tsoknyi Rinpoche Author of Open Heart, Open Mind; Carefree Dignity; and Fearless Simplicity

"I am amazed how the influence of the Tibetan People, a tiny population from literally the end of the earth, has become so great in modern society. This book helps us understand this phenomenon. A fascinating read!" R. Adam Engle, JD, MBA Co-Founder and former President, Mind and Life Institute

"The stellar and impeccably credentialed writers Kathryn Goldman Schuyler brings to her volume are well chosen. Together, under her leadership, they powerfully make the vital connections between inner and outer peace." Anne Carolyn Klein, PhD Author of Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse and Meeting the Great Bliss Queen

"This fascinating volume is an essential reading for anyone who wants to know about this emerging paradigm." Antoine Lutz, PhD Senior Scientist, Waisman Lab for Brain Imaging & Behavior, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison

"Inner Peace-Global Impact takes a groundbreaking look at how Tibetan Buddhism is interrelating with modern Western organizational structures as well as individual lives. The book is part of a series called Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research and Application, which explores the relationship between spirituality and religion and organizational life. To date, not much scholarship has been undertaken to describe and understand how Tibetan Buddhism’s emergence in Western countries has shaped ideas and experiences in areas having to do with leadership, management, organizational development and the like. In Inner Peace-Global Impact, editor Kathryn Goldman Schuyler has assembled a far-reaching collection of articles that explore the confluence of the Tibetan wisdom tradition and Western society and culture. Goldman Schuyler is a trained sociologist and has coached over 200 executives, but she also has been drawn into Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice. Inner Peace-Global Impact reflects this combination of the professional and the spiritual." Laura Miller in fpmt Mandala (Read full review)

"The book is distinctive in offering a variety of accounts of Tibetan Buddhism as it is being applied in the practice of leadership in organisations. Alongside this, it presents an insight into the sociological aspects of the penetration of Tibetan Buddhism into the west. There are few books (yet) that fill this gap and the book addresses the subject with an exquisite selection of material.
" Glenn Martin in Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management