Quote Archives: Mingyur Rinpoche

Being diligent ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

We think we’re being diligent by sitting down to meditate for hours at a stretch. But real diligence doesn’t mean focusing yourself beyond your natural limits; it means simply trying to do your best, rather than focusing on the result of what you’re trying to accomplish. It means finding a comfortable middle ground between being […]

We are born buddhas ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

What makes our birth so precious is our potential for awakening. We are born buddhas, and all dharma practices help us recognize and nurture this truth. Because we do not actually believe in our own capacity for awakening, these teachings work to reverse the tendency to see ourselves as insufficient Mingyur Rinpoche

Setting the tone for your entire day ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Setting the tone for your entire day ~ Mingyur Rinpoche The best period to begin formal practice is first thing in the morning after a good night’s sleep, at which point the mind is most refreshed and relaxed, before getting involved with all the daily stuff. Taking the time to practice before you leave the […]

What Buddhists mean by happiness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Gradually I began to recognize how feeble and transitory the thoughts and emotions that had troubled me for years actually were, and how fixating on small problems had turned them into big ones. Just by sitting quietly and observing how rapidly, and in many ways illogically, my thoughts and emotions came and went, I began […]

Meditation on compassion ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

When I began to practice meditation on compassion, I found that my sense of isolation began to diminish, while at the same time my personal sense of empowerment began to grow. Where once I saw only problems, I started to see solutions. Where once I viewed my own happiness as more important than the happiness […]

Freedom exists within our very own mind ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Meditation is a mind-activity. Everywhere the mind goes, the opportunity for meditation exists. The idea that meditation is something that we only do sitting on a cushion in a particular way or at a particular time has created a lot of confusion. Yet if we can recognize awareness anywhere, anytime, we may ask why we […]

Rejoicing ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Rejoicing in the success of others means letting go of competitiveness, jealousy, and envy, and nurturing the capacity to celebrate the virtuous activities and merit of others, which at the same time generates merit for ourselves. Mingyur Rinpoche

The mind of letting go ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Grasping and fixation arise from the mind, and therefore cannot be eliminated through body and speech alone. The mind of letting go has the capacity to cut the root of ego-clinging; the activity of letting go accumulates merit. And by letting go, we gain access to our own immense inner wealth, which has never been […]

A more fluid sense of identification with other beings ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Clarity, like emptiness, is infinite: it has no limits, no starting point and no end. The more deeply we examine our minds, the less possible it becomes to find a clear distinction between where our own mind ends and other’s begin. As this begins to happen, the sense of difference between “self” and “other” gives […]

Ability to fly ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

When we become fixed in our perceptions we lose our ability to fly. Mingyur Rinpoche

Just resting in the open present ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

That’s how to rest the mind in objectless shinay meditation: as though you’ve just finished a long day of work. Just let go and relax. You don’t have to block whatever thoughts, emotions, or sensations arise, but neither do you have to follow them. Just rest in the open present, simply allowing whatever happens to […]

Just observing ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

A more constructive approach to negative emotions, similar to working with negative thoughts, is simply to rest your attention on the emotion itself rather than on its object. Just look at the emotion without analyzing it intellectually. Don’t try to hold on to it and don’t try to block it. Just observe it. When you […]

Beginning to identify with pristine awareness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Though we’re conditioned to identify with the thoughts that pass through our awareness rather than with awareness itself, the awareness that is our true nature is infinitely flexible. It is capable of any and every sort of experience – even misconceptions about itself as limited, trapped, ugly, anxious, lonely, or afraid. When we begin to […]

You are discovering yourself ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

One day I asked my father, “When I get enlightened, will I be able to remember me? My old self?” It was not unusual for my father to laugh affectionately at my questions, but he found this one particularly hilarious. Then he explained that enlightenment is not like being possessed by a spirit. Tibetan culture […]

Becoming aware ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

If we were to become aware of our habitual thoughts, perceptions, and sensations, rather than being carried away by them, their power over us would begin to fade. Mingyur Rinpoche

Preventing conflicts ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

The more we allow ourselves to be guided by compassion – to pause for a moment and try to see where another person is coming from – the less likely we are to engage in conflict. Mingyur Rinpoche

Mind ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

There’s no difference between what is seen and the mind that sees it. Mingyur Rinpoche

Homesick ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

In a sense, we’re homesick for our true nature. Mingyur Rinpoche

The ability to adapt to changes ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Conditions are always changing, and real peace lies in the ability to adapt to this changes. Mingyur Rinpoche

The essence of meditation practice ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation. Mingyur Rinpoche