Monthly Teachings

August

The Story of Shantideva

In today’s Buddhist world, Shantideva is universally considered an exemplary scholar-practitioner. However, this was not always true. While living in the ancient Nalanda monastery, his peers doubted him and labeled him as lazy and uneducated. In this teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche introduces Shantideva and tells the story of why his peers looked down on him. He also shares how Shantideva’s life story — as exemplified in The Way of the Bodhisattva — can serve as an inspiration for us today.

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July

Compassionate Wisdom

Loving-kindness and compassion are critical elements of the path, but they can lead to fatigue and even burnout if left unchecked. In order to prevent this from happening, we must infuse them with wisdom. By doing so, our loving-kindness and compassion will grow in strength and be more sustainable. The result of this process is what Mingyur Rinpoche refers to as nonconceptual loving-kindness and compassion, a state of mind that is free from bias and distinction and is open to all beings. As described in this video, the process of infusing loving-kindness and compassion with wisdom requires us to investigate the self.

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June

Find Your Inner Strength

Like the waves of the ocean, experience is always changing, and we are constantly faced with challenges and obstacles. In the face of this change, the practice is to cultivate an inner resilience and to recognize awareness in the midst of the turmoil. When we do so, the challenges we face become supports for our spiritual growth; they become an invitation to recognize our basic goodness. In this teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the importance of patience in this process and how it can aid us in developing our inner resilience.

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May

Meditating with Pain

No matter who we are, we all experience physical pain at least once in a while. These experiences of pain can be overwhelming at times. Bringing our awareness to pain and using it as an object of meditation can help us learn about the nature of pain and how to relate to it. In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche guides us in a short meditation and briefly outlines four prospective experiences we may have when practicing pain meditation. “Pain meditation” may sound strange at first, but as you might find out, pain can be a great support for meditation!

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April

Pizza Meditation

We often come to the practice of meditation with preconceived notions about what it entails. Some of us think meditation is a thought-free state, or a blissful experience. In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche clarifies that meditation, in fact, is simply connecting with awareness and noticing what is already present. In his characteristically playful way, Rinpoche includes an exercise entitled “pizza meditation” in which we try to control our minds. Come find out what happens when we stop trying to control and instead open to the naturalness of experience.

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March

Understanding the Monkey Mind

Monkey mind loves to create problems for us. In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche clarifies that what monkey mind is doing is not terribly important. Instead, what is important is how you relate to monkey mind. In brief, if you are able to avoid empowering the monkey mind as the “boss” on one hand and trying to dominate it on the other, the qualities of the mind—such as pliability and flexibility—will naturally emerge, and the monkey will rest.

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February

Befriending Panic

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains that emotions are not as solid as they may first appear, but, instead, consist of different components such as physical sensations. Moreover, when we become aware of these components, he explains that a natural space emerges within our experience. Reflecting on an instruction he received from his father as a boy, Mingyur Rinpoche guides us through a simple body-scan practice aimed at supporting us when difficult emotions arise.

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January

The Sense of Self

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche introduces the three “sense” of self: unhealthy, healthy, and luminous sense of self. Habituated to see ourselves as permanent, independent, and singular, Mingyur Rinpoche invites us to see beyond this unhealthy sense of self and open to the innate wisdom that lives within each of us.

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December

Meditate by Letting Your Mind Be As It Is

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the true nature of the mind. No matter what we experience, it always appears within our awareness. This awareness has no limitations and can hold anything and everything we encounter – whether pleasant or painful, happy or sad, or anything in between. During the practice of meditation, the most important point is to simply be as you are, without doing anything extra.

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November

Meditating in Everyday Life

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche provides a range of examples of meditation in daily life. From being aware of bodily sensations while showering to using interactions with co-workers. We can be aware at any moment, regardless of the situation. Or as Mingyur Rinpoche says, “Anytime, anywhere — short times, many times.”

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October

Basic Goodness and Joy: View

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses how simple situations in our lives often are causes of spontaneous appreciation and gratitude. Moreover, he explains that we should take time to recognize these experiences as they will help strengthen our practice of joy. Beginning with the simplest aspects of our life, we can cultivate gratitude, highlighting the good fortune we have.

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September

The Three Wisdoms

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains that there are different ways in which we can know something, ranging from intellectual to experiential understanding. He speaks about his own time of intensive study in which he developed strategies for going beyond mere intellectual knowledge, developing a lasting form of wisdom that remains with him to this day.

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August

Basic Goodness and Compassion: View

Just like awareness is inherent within our basic goodness, Mingyur Rinpoche explains that love and compassion are also always present. Nevertheless, we experience suffering, pain, and stress. In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche introduces practices aimed at understanding this seeming paradox.

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July

What is Dzogchen?

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche briefly introduces Dzogchen, distinguishing it from two other well-known Tibetan Buddhist approaches: Mahamudra and Mahamadhyamaka. In his characteristically approachable way, Mingyur Rinpoche draws on a story of his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, to help present this profound meditative system.

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June

Love for Oneself

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses a form of love that is with us all the time, no matter who we are or what we are experiencing. While explaining this topic, Rinpoche shares a story of one of his students that makes this seemingly improbable idea feel more approachable.

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May

Love for All Beings: View

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the one thing we all have in common: wanting to be happy. He describes how the expression of seeking happiness may differ, but that the fundamental wish is the same.

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April

Preparing for Death

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche describes the “bardo of the moment of dying” and imaginative practices you can use in anticipation for death. He explains how by undergoing this training, you can transform death into a profound opportunity for seeing your true nature.

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March

The Four Liberations

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche describes the four liberations. These four serve as a framework for understanding meditative experience more deeply.

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February

Meditating with Sleep and Sleepiness

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche instructs us on how to meditate while sleeping. He describes the process of having awareness as you are falling asleep and how this awareness continues in the sleeping state.

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January

Vajra Recitation

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses the meaning of the three syllables OM, AH, HUNG and how they are the essence of all mantras. He also explains how we can sync this mantra with our breathing.

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December

Meditation Habit

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the importance of developing a daily meditation habit. He shares his own experience and also offers suggestions on how to develop this habit step-by-step.

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November

Bardo and Nature of Mind

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the real purpose of the bardo teachings and how we can incorporate this perspective into our everyday lives.

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October

Be Natural

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche addresses one of the most common misunderstandings about meditation—that you should create a special state of mind when meditating. He points out that the most important point is to remain natural when meditating.

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September

Recognizing Awareness

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses how awareness is central to meditation. He elaborates on how the recognition of awareness is the very foundation for one’s meditation practice.

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August

Pointing Out Your True Nature

In this teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses how to connect directly with your true nature through pointing out instructions. He explains what the process of this looks like and the central role of recognition.

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July

Development Stage

In this teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche gives an introduction to development stage practice and explains its different aspects.

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June

Fruition as Path

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the main point of the Vajrayana, what is called “taking fruition as path,” and how this is different from other Buddhist approaches.

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May

The View of the Foundational Vehicle

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the view of the Foundational Vehicle of Tibetan Buddhism. He explains how our problems and sufferings stem from dissatisfaction. He then goes on to explain how we can use the view of impermanence to work with our problems in a more constructive way.

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April

The Four Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche introduces the four main lineages of Tibetan buddhism. He gives a brief history of each, and touches upon what they have in common, and also their unique characteristics. He also explains how different personalities might be drawn to a particular lineage.

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March

Anything as Support

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche shows how anything can be used as a support for meditation. Using the breath as an example, he teaches how we can strengthen awareness by coming back to our support again and again, for short times, many times throughout the day.

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February

Meditation is Easier than You Think

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the essence of meditation and describes some common misunderstandings about practicing meditation. He also shares some tips for bringing meditation into our day-to-day lives.

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January

Living in a Dream

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche shares an important episode from his own life when his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, pointed out the dream-like quality of phenomena to him and how this helped him understand the nature of perception.

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December

Mind Creates Reality

In this month’s teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche discusses how the mind creates our reality and how grasping to our own ideas shapes the world we experience. He points out that we can free ourselves from suffering through working with our long held beliefs.

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November

Melting Fixations

In this month’s teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche will touch upon the importance of the view and how we can use it to connect with nature of reality.

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October

Healthy Sense of Self

In this month’s teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how we can get in touch with a healthy sense of self and how we can free ourselves from the unhealthy sense of self that is so common in today’s world. To do this, we look closely at the sense of “I” and use this to see our innate qualities.

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September

Analytical Meditation

In this month’s teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches the importance of analytical meditation. He also shares a personal story from his childhood of how analytical meditation helped him to deal with his panic attacks.

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August

The Essence of Meditation

In this month’s teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the essence of meditation and how you will know if you are in meditation or not. He also teaches what it means to be distracted and offers a simple method for beginning your own meditation practice.

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July

The Essence of Patience

In this month’s teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche touches upon the essence of patience and how we can use it to deal with the ups and downs of our daily lives. (This video is an excerpt from The Six Paramitas: Exploring Wisdom and Compassion, a course in Tergar’s Vajrayana Online program.)

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June

Key Points of Meditation: Everywhere, Anytime

In this first video of 2018, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches one of the most important aspects of meditation, namely that it can be applied everywhere at anytime. This instruction is also key for bringing meditation “off the cushion” and integrating it into daily life.

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May

The Causes of Happiness

In this month’s teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche summarizes the causes of happiness and how we can cultivate them. He also explains what can get in the way of this connection and also how our happiness is connected to the happiness of others.

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April

Three Ways of Relating to Emotions: Seeing Their Nature

In the third and last part in this series on relating to emotions, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how we can see the true nature of emotions. He offers instructions on two different methods for this type of practice and how, by applying these methods, the emotions will lose their power.

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March

Three Ways of Relating to Emotions: Transforming

In this second part of the Three Ways of Relating to Emotions, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how we can transform emotions into supports for meditation. He also offers instructions on how we can transform emotions like anger and hatred into love and compassion.

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February

Three Ways of Relating to Emotions: Abandoning

In this series on three ways of relating to emotions, Mingyur Rinpoche begins by presenting the most basic idea of these three, which is to abandon the emotion when it arises. Mingyur Rinpoche explains the method for how to do this.

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January

Key Points of Meditation: Everywhere, Anytime

In this first video of 2018, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches one of the most important aspects of meditation, namely that it can be applied everywhere at anytime. This instruction is also key for bringing meditation “off the cushion” and integrating it into daily life.

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December

Key Points of Meditation: Letting Go of Expectations Part 2

In part two of Letting Go of Expectations, Mingyur Rinpoche shares the key to why we should let go of our expectations and what will happen when we do. He also shares an example his father taught him as a young boy concerning how to relate experiences and expectations in meditation.

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November

Key Points of Meditation: Letting Go of Expectations Part 1

In this video Mingyur Rinpoche continues to talk about the importance of trying to let go of our expectations and beliefs about meditation. In particular, he teaches us how we can look at our expectations and beliefs without trying to meet them.

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October

Key Points of Meditation: Being vs Doing

In this third part in the series on key points of meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the importance of simply being when we meditate rather than following our natural habit of trying to achieve something or reach some particular goal. He also offers us the great reminder that letting go is not the same as giving up.

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September

Key Points of Meditation: Intention and Motivation Part 2

In the second part on intention and motivation, Mingyur Rinpoche continues to talk about the importance of setting the proper motivation in order to give meaning to our meditation practice. He also shares a few stories from his own life when motivation has played an important role.

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August

Key Points of Meditation: Intention and Motivation Part 1

In this series on the key points of meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche will share with us practical ways and help us understand how to best work with our minds in meditation practice. In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the most important first step in meditation practice, namely, our motivation.

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July

Non-Meditation and Non-Distraction: Application

In this final part of the three part series on Non-Meditation and Non-Distraction, Mingyur Rinpoche explains how to practice this meditation in everyday life. Using meditation on the breath as an example, we can practice noticing our breath during any activity – walking, talking with others, eating, etc. – everywhere, anytime.

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June

Non-Meditation and Non-Distraction: Meditation

In the second part of the monthly teachings series on Non-Meditation and Non-Distraction, Mingyur Rinpoche explains how to practice meditation.

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May

Non-Meditation and Non-Distraction View

The principles of non-meditation and non-distraction are two of the most important points of meditation practice. "Non-meditation" helps us to let go of our habitual instincts to control the mind and to manufacture states of equanimity and inner peace.

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April

Going to Sleep

In this guided meditation to be listened to before going to sleep, Mingyur Rinpoche encourages us to let go of the concerns of the day and to share our virtuous actions and our sleep for the benefit of all beings. The mp3 audio file of this meditation can be downloaded on mobile devices and used as a support for bringing our meditative awareness with us into sleep.

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March

Waking Up

The experience of waking up in the morning is a potent opportunity to begin the day with a fresh mind and open heart. In this short practice, Mingyur Rinpoche guides us through a few simple steps to help us stay connected to awareness, compassion, and wisdom as we begin to engage the world. The mp3 audio file of this meditation can be downloaded on mobile devices and used as an alarm bell, literally and metaphorically waking us up each morning.

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February

Discovering Wisdom

Many of us are very self-critical, and whenever negative emotions appear, we fight or suppress them. This leaves us feeling bad afterwards. In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches us how criticizing ourselves creates more problems. He shows us how we instead can find wisdom within our emotions and come to see that our true nature is already good.

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January

Basic Goodness and Awareness Part 4

In the last part of this four-part series, Mingyur Rinpoche will guide you through a meditation on awareness and basic goodness. This short practice is a great way to deepen your understanding of awareness in everyday life.

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December

Basic Goodness and Awareness Part 3

In part three of this four-part series, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how the way we view things changes our relationship to everything we experience in our day-to-day life. This shows us how we can use awareness to transform anything we see, hear, think, and feel into meditation.

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November

Basic Goodness and Awareness Part 2

In part two of this four-part series, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches how we can learn to see that awareness is the essence of all of our thoughts and emotions. This helps us to see that we do not have to use meditation to change or fix ourselves, but rather to recognize what we already have.

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October

Basic Goodness and Awareness Part 1

In this four-part series, Mingyur Rinpoche will share with us the most important aspect of meditation—awareness—showing us what it is, and how to practice it. He also discusses how we can see our basic goodness and discover that all the wonderful qualities we are looking for are already present within us.

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September

Mind and Body Part II

For many of us, being in the present can be very challenging. We are either caught up in the past or future. In part two, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches us the importance of being in the present moment, with the mind and body together. He also leads us in a guided meditation on resting in the present moment.

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August

Mind and Body Part I

For many of us, being in the present can be very challenging. We are either caught up in the past or future. In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche teaches us the importance of being in the present moment, with the mind and body together. He also shares a story that reflects this from his own time in retreat.

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July

Building a Stable Meditation Practice

When we begin to meditate, many of us tend to take on too much practice too soon. This often leads to a feeling that practice is a chore, and eventually we may give up meditation altogether. In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche shares how to establish a healthy meditation practice, one that will bring about long-term results.

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June

Keeping Meditation Fresh

If we practice only one meditation technique for a long time, we run the risk of getting bored or losing inspiration in our meditation practice. In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche shares methods for how to alternate between different meditation techniques to keep our meditation practice fresh and inspiring.

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May

Building New Habits

In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche speaks of how to overcome laziness in our meditation practice through building new habits. He also explains how this is linked to one of the biggest hindrances in practice for long-term practitioners.

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April

Transforming the Mind

In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the connection between view, meditation, and conduct, and why they are all needed for our practice to be successful. He also explains how these three can be viewed from a scientific perspective.

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March

The Essence of Meditation

In this short teaching, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the essence of meditation and how it is different from the passing experiences that happen when we meditate. These two can easily be mixed up. We often judge how well our practice is going by looking to our experience, but this is not always helpful. Rather than focusing on fleeting experiences, Mingyur Rinpoche shows us how to focus on the most important point, namely, the essence of meditation itself.

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February

World Peace through Inner Peace – Part 2

In this short video Mingyur Rinpoche continues to talk about violence in the world today. In Part 2 Mingyur Rinpoche shares some practical ways to achieve inner peace using view, meditation and conduct. He advises that the best way to help the world is through promoting non-violence.

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January

World Peace through Inner Peace – Part 1

In this short video Mingyur Rinpoche talks about the fear and anxiety around violence in the world today. He advises us to "work with ourselves first" and mentions that even a small action taken from a place of love and compassion can have a ripple effect in the world.

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