As It Is

By Mingyur Rinpoche • 3 min read

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Unchangeable and pure

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 like clouds.

An unconditional welcome

To connect with that ground, that sky, you don’t have to do anything special. Just be with everything ​as it is.​ Welcome all the clouds, accept the temperature of the air. In this moment, perhaps there’s a nice breeze, and puffy white clouds, and birds flying: pleasant thoughts and emotions, agreeable perceptions. On the other hand, there might be a brisk chilly wind, and gathering storm clouds. The details of the thoughts, feelings, and perceptions don’t matter. The important thing is to be with everything ​as it is​. Whatever occurs, accept any changes. Allow them to come and go. Despite all their coming and going, they exist within awareness. And awareness is completely free.

No limits

Awareness has no limitation and no edges. It is nowhere and everywhere. You can see the ocean in the far distance, but that doesn’t mean your awareness goes to the ocean, or that the ocean comes to you; awareness is completely open in the ten directions. Yet it is empty. It has no specific essence that can be held onto, nothing we can cling to. Awareness is completely empty, yet you can see, you can hear, you can think, and you can feel. If you think about it, it’s strange and wonderful. And all we have to do is — nothing. Just be with everything as it is.

 “Because your mind in its natural state is infinite, the brilliant light of your own awareness shines everywhere, at all times. It sees all things, knows all things, and understands all things.”

– Mingyur Rinpoche –

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By Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

In his approach to teaching meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche integrates traditional Buddhist practice and philosophy with the current scientific understanding of the mind and mental health – making the practice of meditation relevant and accessible to students around the world. Mingyur Rinpoche is the author of the best-selling book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, as well as Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying, and many others.

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