Category Archives: zz Sogyal Rinpoche

Bringing the Mind Home

In my last post I wrote that ultimate true happiness can only be found if we recognize the nature of mind but that on a relative level the practices of meditation, compassion and devotion can help us come closer to … Continue reading

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A deeper happiness based on inner peace and contentment

Many Buddhist teachings begin with the statement that all beings want to be happy, but that unfortunately they are looking for happiness outside and fail to understand that true happiness can only be found inside. The goal of Buddhist practice … Continue reading

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The wisdom that realizes egolessness

I am finding it very helpful to reflect on how ego works. When I reflect on the teachings I always try to combine intellectual understanding with personal experience of what is said. In the Buddhist teachings this process of assimilation … Continue reading

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Clarifying my practice

I arrived in Munich a few days ago after a week of traveling, and have been trying to rest and recover from the massive jet lag. I had hoped to make a few posts once I am here in Munich, … Continue reading

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The world is a mystery

Usually I am very groggy when I first wake up in the morning and it takes a while for my mind to show any signs of consciousness. But sometimes I wake up in the morning with a sense of wonder. … Continue reading

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How to jump start the meditation car

A few of the students in the online class I am helping to instruct are finding it quite difficult to get down onto the cushion. I sometimes have the same problem and this made me reflect on what I do … Continue reading

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A good time to reflect on suffering

Just as I thought I was finally shaking off my flue, which seemed to be dragging on for weeks, I got hit by another bug. It wiped me out for a couple of days, but fortunately now I seem to … Continue reading

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The wrong kind of non-meditation

I have been doing a lot of non-meditation and non-blogging lately, but not the good kind. Settling into our new place is taking longer than I thought. I hoped I would have more time after we moved, but a few … Continue reading

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More advice on non-meditation

Over the last week I have tried to remember the advice from the non-meditation exercise that I wrote about in my last two posts. The message is very simple, “just be aware without trying to do anything”. This sounds all … Continue reading

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An exercise in non-meditation

I will soon be starting to help instruct an online course on meditation from the Rigpa Distance Learning Program. Naturally, as the start of the course has come nearer, I have been thinking more and more about meditation lately and … Continue reading

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Meeting three old friends (or enemies …)

Reflecting on karma over the last few days I came across three old friends, to be precise, actually enemies that are disguising as friends. I am sure you are already guessing who they are. Here is how they popped up … Continue reading

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What is this “one thing” we must never forget?

My last post had a quote by Rumi which said “there is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten.” For me this immediately brought up the question, “So what is this one thing?” Often questions like this … Continue reading

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There is one thing in this world which must be never forgotten

In my last post I wrote about how this life is a special opportunity to become free of the grip of negative emotions and that it would be a pity to let this opportunity go to waste. In The Tibetan … Continue reading

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Why are negative emotions harmful?

In the last few days I have been continuing to reflect on negative emotions. What does it really mean that negative emotions take my freedom? How do they manage to do this? I have been asking these same questions for … Continue reading

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Guess what today’s topic is!

Sorry! Today’s reflection is once AGAIN—I am sure you guessed it— ‘negative emotions!’ You are probably tired of hearing about this again. I fully understand. It’s never been my favorite topic and, for the most part, I successfully ignored it … Continue reading

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Making friends with the word ‘ignorance’

A good way to contemplate the natural freedom of the mind, which I wrote about in last two posts, is to reflect on what keeps us from being free. In The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche recounts … Continue reading

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