In less then ten minutes, Sogyal Rinpoche explains the connection between the mind, meditation and contentment.
In this video, from April 2005, Sogyal Rinpoche explains about how we can discover the source of true contentment. In less then ten minutes, Rinpoche explains the connection between the mind, meditation and contentment. This video is from the WhatMeditationReallyIs.com course.
When I become the Czar of Worldwide Words, I'm going to abolish the word "meditation."
Isn't that an odd way to start a blog on meditation? Gets your attention, though.
My post here will be written mainly from my role as a scientist, as a psychologist, as one of the founders of a relatively new branch of psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, although as a student of meditation and spiritual paths all my life, my perspective is "inside" and well as "outside."
As a field, mainstream psychology pretty much accepts the materialistic assumptions that dominate in most fields of science today, that only what is material is real, matter and physical energy. The physical matter and electrical and chemical processes of your brain are real, consciousness is nothing but a secondary derivative of those physical processes. From this perspective, all those things called "meditation" are indirect ways of controlling your physical brain's functioning, and so someday you won't have to spend all those (too often boring) hours sitting, because science will develop a pill that directly puts the brain in the best "meditative" state. "Spirit" or "spirituality," from the materialistic perspective, is simply old fashioned nonsense, superstition, and best dispensed with, as it interferes with our rational functioning.
In this video, Sogyal Rinpoche speaks about this awareness and how it relates to the three principles of shamatha or meditation.
Mindfulness probably means slightly different things in different traditions of meditation. At WMRI we usually talk about three principles for using an object, such as the breath, a candle or even the state of non-distraction itself, as the focus of our meditation.
1) Mindfulness – which is the pure knowing or awareness of the object.
2) Watchful Awareness – making sure that we are keeping our attention gently focused on the object
3) Abiding or Remaining Spaciously – It is said that we should ‘train in letting the mind remain’. We should remain in whatever we are aware of, be it:
—meditating with an object like watching the breath, or
—simply remaining in the state of non-distraction or pure awareness of the present moment.
Here is Sogyal Rinpoche’s entire WhatMeditationReallyIs talk from the AWAKE event on the 4th of May 2011 in Amsterdam.
Sogyal Rinpoche is Basel, Switzerland the 24th & 25th of September giving a seminar called:
What Meditation Really Is: Transforming Everyday Life Through the Wisdom of Awareness
And below is a humorous video about meditation made in honor of the event.
Sogyal Rinpoche inspires us to begin the day by integrating our practice, even at the breakfast table!
Here is Sogyal Rinpoche’s entire WhatMeditationReallyIs talk from the AWAKE event on the 54th of May in Amsterdam.
Every morning when I check my email I begin my day with reading an inspirational message called Rigpa Glimpse of the Day. (You can sign-up for free here.) A few days ago (to be exact on July 22) the message was about how we can inspire ourselves to enter into meditation. It quoted an excerpt from the section on Inspiration in chapter 5 of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche: