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Play of emptiness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/bzphq All thoughts, perceptions, and physical sensations are, according to buddhism, momentary expressions of the infinite possibility of emptiness. – Mingyur Rinpoche from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness" ISBN: 978-0307347312…

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Gaining control over your experience ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/plpjb To the extent that you can acknowledge the true power of your mind, you can begin to exercise more control over your experience. Pain, sadness, fear, anxiety, and all other forms of suffering no longer disrupt your life as forcefully as they used to. Experiences that once seemed to be obstacles become opportunities for deepening your understanding of the mind’s unimpeded nature. – Mingyur Rinpoche from…

Seeing the whole truth of any situation ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/7pasw We must recognize that the "whole truth" is that everyone just wants to be happy. The truly sad thing is that most people seek happiness in ways that actually sabotage their attempts. If we could see the whole truth of any situation, our only response would be one of compassion. – Mingyur Rinpoche from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness" ISBN: 978-0307347312…

Observation of thoughts, emotions, and sensations ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/bx27d Through the patient observation of the thoughts, emotions, and sensations we experience in any given moment, from which comes a gradual recognition that they are not inherently real things. – Mingyur Rinpoche from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness" ISBN: 978-0307347312…

Only thoughts ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/sktby There are, in fact, no good thoughts or bad thoughts. There are only thoughts. – Mingyur Rinpoche from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness" ISBN: 978-0307347312…

Our first taste of emptiness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/h4uvd Whether we’re analyzing material objects, time, our “self,” or our mind, eventually we reach a point where we realize that our analysis breaks down. At that point our search for something irreducible finally collapses. In that moment, when we give up looking for something absolute, we gain our first taste of emptiness, the infinite, indefinable essence of reality as it is. – Mingyur Rinpoche from the book "The…

Befriending the monkey mind ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/qhnk7 In private interviews, I hear about problems with family members, partners, and employers. When you listen, the problems sound so small. But if you think about that problem again and again, it gets bigger and bigger. Making a mountain out of a molehill is the monkey’s specialty. This is the nature of the restless monkey-mind. Generally we do not observe the mind itself, so this encounter with the monkey can be…

Form Meditation ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/tphhq Form meditation is actually very simple. In fact, we practice it unconsciously every day whenever we stare at a computer screen or watch a traffic light. When we lift this unconscious process to the level of active awareness, deliberately resting our attention upon a specific object, the mind becomes very peacefull, very open, and very relaxed. – Mingyur Rinpoche from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and…

Just like me ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/xipgl Once we recognize that other sentients being – people, animals, and even insects – are just like us, that their basic motivation is to experience peace and to avoid suffering, then, when someone acts in some way or says something that is against our wishes, we’re able to have some basis for understanding: oh well, this person (or whatever) is coming from this position because, just like me, they want to be happy and they want to…

The need to look at the mind ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/p9133 If we want to cut through all the varieties and levels of pain, suffering, and discomfort we experience in daily life and grasp the full significance of having a mind, we have to make some attempt to look at the mind and distinguish its main features. – Mingyur Rinpoche from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness" ISBN: 978-0307347312…