How to meditate

Theory, practice, tips, and guidance from world-renowned teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Tergar Meditation Community guides – everything you might need to start your journey on the path of meditation.

How to meditate

Should You Meditate with Your Eyes Open or Closed?

As a beginner, if keeping your eyes open during meditation is too distracting, it’s fine to close them. And, as your practice progresses, you may encounter particular types of meditation that involve visualization, in which case, having your eyes closed can be helpful. Generally, though, in Mingyur Rinpoche’s tradition, you…

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What is the Difference between Mindfulness and Awareness?

“Mindfulness meditation” is omnipresent these days. Some of these programs are based on traditional meditation practices, others are what you might call “New Age,” and others have been invented out of whole cloth. There exists at least one program claiming it will get you enlightened in seven days! But is…

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As It Is

The mind is just like a mountain, just like the sky. No matter what you’re experiencing at present, your mind remains the unchangeable ground, like a mountain. Like the sky, it’s free and pure, and it has the wondrous quality of allowing thoughts, feelings, and perceptions to appear and dissolve…

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Meditating with Pain

Hearing the phrase “pain meditation” might not make you think, “Sounds fun, where do I sign up?” However, those folks who already experience some physical pain as they go through life (read: pretty much everyone who lives in a human body) may be intrigued to know that there’s a meditation…

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A sun is pictured as a metaphor to help overcome negative emotions

How to meditate

Overcoming Negative Thoughts

"To cope with destructive thoughts, we need to understand that what is really happening is a failure to recognize our mind’s true nature. We get muddled when we confuse our conceptual mind — the way we perceive external objects, the way we feel and think — for reality. And, in…

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A metaphor depicting the safety of meditation

How to meditate

Is Meditation Safe? 

Is meditation safe? Yes, as long as you have the right teachings. "it is literally impossible to block thoughts and emotions. The mind is like a river, always moving, constantly changing. If meditation instructions aren’t teaching you how to embrace that natural flow, then they are turning the flow into…

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Meditation For Negative Thoughts

“Your awareness is bigger than your negative thoughts. So when you can hold sensations in your awareness, that is kindness. If you feel like you can’t let go of your aversion to some of them, that’s okay too. Just be with your aversion. When you allow yourself to have an…

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