What can we really count on?
One of the most fundamental insights of spiritual practice is that despite all the safeguards civilization provides, the feelings of security we achieve through work, relationships and family, etc, we…
Tahiti’s top 5 stress management tips
Maybe it all began with the florid yet languid images of Paul Gauguin. But maybe it was the exotic tale of sailors in Mutiny on the Bountyrisking all for the romantic…
Phakchok Rinpoche: Overcoming our Ego and our Judgmental Mind
Phakchok Rinpoche explains how we can identify our ego by observing the process of our judgmental mind. He goes on to describe that through meditation and compassion we can learn…
Remembering Sisyphus: Everyday life is fuel for Spiritual Practice
In the great myth, Sisyphus is condemned by the gods, day in and out, to roll a large boulder up to the top of a steep mountain. When the stone…
Tsoknyi Rinpoche: Healing our Trauma and Stress
Theses days, it seems like nearly everyone is barely managing to cope with the stress of day-to-day life. In addition, we are often reacting to situations based on unhealed wounds…
Transcending our Addiction to a Busy Life
A busy life can be experienced as an addictive video game, comprising the twisty route from a morning coffee to the time we return home and close the door on…
Sogyal Rinpoche - Awake 2013 in Sydney
Here is a full teaching from Sogyal Rinpoche on meditation and understanding the mind which he gave in Sydney at the end of March 2013.
Phakchok Rinpoche - Creating space in daily life
Sometimes it seems so difficult to meditate. We might try to sit, but our minds are all over the place; or perhaps we have too much pressure and stress in…
Sogyal Rinpoche - Who are we?
In this video, Sogyal Rinpoche suggests an alternative to the habitual self-identification with our thoughts and emotions. Normally, it is as if the thoughts about who we are or what…
Adam Engle - Creating a planetary awareness of fitnees for the mind
Adam Engle argues that most of the biggest problems in the world and for individuals are made by human beings. But recent developments in contemplative science are paving the way…
Adam Engle - Is enlightenment still relevant?
Adam Engle and Erric Solomon discuss whether the traditional goal of profound spiritual transformation, popularly referred to as enlightenment, has any role to play in the new emotional/mental fitness industry.
To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him. If you want to attain perfect calmness in your zazen [meditation], you should not be bothered by the various images you find in your mind. Let them come, and let them go. Then they will be under control.
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Currently Sogyal Rinpoche is conducting a retreat in Amsterdam called "How to be Happy." We started yesterday with a very powerful teaching that seamlessly blended integration instructions with a deep teaching on meditation. What struck me in particular was how Rinpoche taught on how we can work without stress. We can work hard, yet we have to not create stress. And when do we create stress? Rinpoche mentioned two ways: one is when you bang your head against the wall, you keep forcing yourself to go on when your at a dead end. Sometimes it is then better to take a short break, so you'll feel better, and often in that break you'll see a new solution.
Can empathy and compassion meditation help reduce stress? This was the focus of a study published last year by researchers at Emory University in the US.
Sixty-one healthy students were randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group participated in six weeks of twice-weekly classroom training in a secular compassion meditation while the other group (the control group) spent a similar amount of time in health discussions.
When was the last time you missed a turnoff, misplaced your cell phone, lost your car keys or overlooked an important detail at work?
If you counted the number of times these small errors of mindlessness occur in a single day, you might be taken aback. In fact, a great deal of time, energy, and money can be lost through these simple mishaps of mis-attention.
Mindfulness is not just an esoteric practice for monks ensconced in Himalayan caves. It actually has a very powerful and practical application at work and in daily life. It can increase your effectiveness and productivity, bring more presence into your interactions, and foster more joy in your family life.
The spiritual teachings tell us that meditation can help us find true happiness. It is a small hobby of mine to collect quotes and post them on my twitter account! So here are my favorite quotes on happiness:
To my mind, some of the most convincing evidence that meditation has a serious impact on one's functioning is how serious long-term practitioners deal with pain. One example is a story relayed by Matthieu Ricard of a lama who was tortured by the Chinese for many years, and when after his release the Dalai Lama asked him what he was most afraid of, he said it was of losing his compassion for his torturers. Similarly, Garchen Rinpoche, during his visit to Lerab Ling said that he did not suffer at all during his time in prison camp. Clearly they have a different way of dealing with pain than we do.
Here is Lynda from down-under back again...
Death comes to us all
I was reminded of that death comes to us all in the last couple of weeks. My good friend, a Tibetan lama, told us of the death of his younger brother in Tibet. I knew his brother and had spent many days with him. Then my father-in-law’s younger sister died, both of them from lung problems. And then, a few days later, my very dear cat died in her sleep. The next day, my sister told me my nephew’s 18 year old best friend had killed himself while on suicide watch in hospital. As soon as I got back to work in the New Year, I heard a man I work with had fallen down a cliff and also died.
I was born and raised in Bavaria. Yes, I know, everybody around the world who´s ever heard of that place, now thinks of Sauerkraut, Beer, Oktoberfest. (If you did think of something else, you are probably also Bavarian.) In fact, that´s all true. It´s also true that it´s a really wonderful part of Germany with huge mountains and romantic hills, lots of lakes and rivers, and in some ways I miss it. And it´s also very Roman-Catholic, nowadays, and definitely when I lived there. That´s why my spiritual path began as a pioneer in “What a Roman Catholic mass really can be”.