An introduction to mindfulness meditation by Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche (part 1)

Sangye Nyenpa RinpocheBenchen Monastery

27 April 2014

Session one

1 hour 23 minutes

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dalai Lama

Dalia Lama at Glastonbury June 2015Dalai Lama – 80th birthday speech at Glastonbury 2015





Good to see my old friend Geshe Tashi on stage too.

How Things Are, by Ajahn Sumedho

Laos Mosaic  Photo: Janet NovakNow, investigating the way things are, we observe. What I have been doing so far this evening is reflecting out loud. What it is that we all have to bear with is having to accept the sensory world for what it is, from whatever extremes it manifests, the best and the worst of it. And reflecting on it means that we have a perspective on it. We suddenly see that this is what life is all about; it’s being sensitive, and having to bear with this whole experience of being born, growing up, getting old, and dying. This is what we are all involved with. This is what life is for us at this time. We are all alive now, living within the restrictions of our bodies and minds. Whether you like it, approve of it, or whatever, it doesn’t matter. We are not saying it’s good or it’s bad — just re­flecting that this is the way it is. We are not judging it. Continue reading

Photographs of India and Burma, 1852-1860 by Captain Linnaeus Tripe

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860
An exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
24 June – 11 October 2015 Photography, Room 38a. Admission free.

This colossal figure of Gautama represents the most popular Burmese form of the historical Buddha

Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was a pioneer of early photography who created an outstanding body of work depicting the landscape and architecture of India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s. This major presentation of Tripe’s photographs will include more than 60 of his most striking views taken between 1852 and 1860.

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Two Levels of Truth, by Lama Chime Rinpoche

Thousand-Armed Chenresi a Cosmic Form of the Bodhisattva AvalokiteshvaraWe discuss the subject of relative and absolute truth a great deal in Tibet; to understand it is really to understand the root of Buddha’s teaching. The relative is the particular and limited, the absolute is the unlimited and universal.

What is it that one sees when one looks at the world? In one sense one sees the relative — particular things happening which are changing all the time. And yet how does one perceive them altogether, as a whole? Only because of the absolute. For example, suppose you are watching a river flowing by. How do you know it is a river? There is no continuity in the particles of water; from moment to moment the water changes and we do not see the same river twice. It only becomes a river by virtue of the absolute nature of flowing water by which the particulars are joined together into the whole; without the universal one cannot form any connection between the particulars. Continue reading

Time to Learn

A young Buddhist monk approached his teacher, and asked the Zen Master: ‘If I meditate very diligently how long will it take for me to become enlightened?’

The Master thought about this, then replied: ‘Ten years.’

The student then said: ‘But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast, how long then?’

Replied the Master: ‘Well, twenty years.’

‘But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?’ asked the student.

‘Thirty years,’ replied the Master.

‘But I don’t understand,’ said the disappointed student. ‘Each time I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?’

The Master replied: ‘When you have one eye on the goal, you can only have one eye on the path.’

The Very Delicious Strawberry

[From: The Very Delicious Strawberry, Twenty illustrated Zen stories adapted for children, by Tim Johnson and Andrea Brajnovic.]


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