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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.

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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 our life and can't seem to find the mental space for meditation. What can we do?

Published in Phakchok Rinpoche
Monday, 13 May 2013 17:40

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 we are experiencing are in fact who we are.

Published in Sogyal Rinpoche

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 for a transformation in the way we view ourselves and our relationship to the world that could be a powerful force for positive global change.

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Co-founder and former Chairman of the Mind and Life Institute R. Adam Engle has thought pretty deeply about what ancient contemplative practices have to offer the modern world. He 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 for a transformation in the way we view ourselves and our relationship to the world that could be a powerful force for positive global change.

Last May, Adam and I sat down and spoke for almost three hours. Frankly, it was one of the most fascinating conversations I had all year. At a certain point, I asked if I could turn on a camera and here is a fraction of what went down. More to come…

Published in Meditation Blog
Inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's aims and ideals, especially those values of dialogue, non-violence and altruism, the Tenzin Gyatso Institute is delighted to announce the launch of the "Compassion in Society" programme. Compassion in Society will offer real-world tools for cultivating compassion, and demonstrate its universal applicability for modern men and women. Initially offered to young people, "Compassion in Society" will be launched at the "Empathy and Compassion in Society" conference that the institute is co-hosting in London from November 23-24. Featuring neuroscientists, psychologists, educators, policy experts and changemakers, the conference marks a new chapter of the Tenzin Gyatso Institute.
Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 09:59

Meditation is not Business as Usual

A few months ago at a meditation retreat for Business leaders in Australia called Practical Wisdom, which was led by Sogyal Rinpoche, I had the chance to ask a few top executives how meditation has helped them in their lives and in particular whether they had found any benefits in their work.

Here’s my interview with John Akehurst, a former CEO of a large oil and gas company, a non-executive director of a number of top 20 companies and a board member of Australia’s national reserve bank. What he said was quite incredible and possibly not what you would expect.

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:18

What's up? Meditating with your child

Our deepest wish as parents is for our children to be happy. We feel intensely our children’s pain and suffering and would literally do anything to help them. But often we find ourselves at a loss - we don’t know what is troubling them, or how to help, though we keep trying to talk it through, figure it out, fix it up!

Really listening and attending to our children can often be enough to ease their suffering. However, sometimes they do not know what is distressing them, or they may feel powerless to change an old habit such as worry and anxiety, an explosive temper, or fragile self-esteem. Some children also feel that they are in some way ‘bad’, they feel unloved and unlovable.*

Published in Meditation Blog

Here is the second part of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's discussion on the essence of meditation, go here to review the first one.
In this one he gives very practical advice on how to deal with difficult emotions, how you can use anger, low self-esteem, fear etc as support for your meditation.
You can find more about how to work with difficult emotions in Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's book "The Joy of Living".

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:05

Giving your mind a rest

In this video Sogyal Rinpoche explains that when you are not feeling well, the best thing to do is to sit quietly, not focussing on your problems and allow your mind to settle.

 

Published in Sogyal Rinpoche
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