Friday, November 22, 2013

Tsoknyi Rinpoche on benefits of meditation

CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly, Chan Tse Chueen (South China Morning Post,, 11-22-13) 
Tsoknyi Rinpoche III says meditation techniques he teaches fit easily into rhythm of city life.
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Visiting Tibetan Buddhist master explains the benefits of meditation. "If we are living in a nightmare, at least we try and turn it into a healthy dream," he says.
As the practice of meditation gains mainstream acceptance, a visiting Tibetan Buddhist master tells Chan Tse Chueen how it has helped him.

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For someone regarded by the Tibetan Buddhist [Vajrayana] faithful as a reincarnated master teacher of the Dharma, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III is remarkably frank about his own human frailties.
It took him seven years to stop drinking a certain popular brand of [sugar-laden] soda, which he knew was bad for his health.
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This story, which he shared last month with a Hong Kong audience at a series of talks on death and meditation, is typical of his teaching style -- honest, amusing, and direct. It makes accessible the lofty topics of his concerns: the limitless potential of our mind, the nature of reality, and happiness.
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His soda anecdote speaks to those of us who find it difficult to bridge the gap between knowledge and action, which happens, he explains, when the head fails to communicate with the heart.

This disconnect, and how meditation can help us to bridge that gap, is a message Tsoknyi Rinpoche carries with him to lectures and retreats in Europe, America, and Asia. More

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