What is the inner teacher, and how can it be trusted? This audio was extracted from a question and answer session on the teaching Aspiration for the Mahamudra, given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Bodhicharya France in Lusse, 2016.
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The teaching on The Relevance of Meditation in the Modern World was given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Kagyu Samye Ling de Belgique in Beaumont, Belgium. There are two versions of the recordings available, one with French translation and the other without translation.
4 May, 2016
English / French translation
The photo is from Rinpoche’s teaching at Bodhicharya Belgium in Brussels, with courtesy of Carine Delande.
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A teaching on the topic Samsara and Nirvana – What Is It All About? given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Kagye Samye Dzong, Brussels.
There are two versions of the recording available, one with French translation and the other without translation.
03 May, 2016
English / French translation
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Rinpoche’s talk in an interfaith dialogue on the topic “Exile” with Ahmed Hany Mahfoud, facilitated by Bodhicharya Belgium.
3 May, 2016
Our emotions arise from how we think, and our actions follow from that. To deal with emotions, first look at your thoughts. This audio recording is excerpted from a teaching Dealing with Emotions given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at KCL in Heidelberg.
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The teaching on Dealing with Emotions was given by Rinpoche at Karma Chang Chub Chöphel Ling in Heidelberg, Germany.
26-28 April, 2016
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Life, Death and Grief was an interreligious dialogue with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and Dr. Thomas Schimmel at Bodhicharya Berlin.
In these three excerpts from the dialogue Rinpoche is discussing the following topics:
1. What can death teach us for this life?
2. What skilful means has Buddhism to offer for the dying and for those left behind?
3. What is the meaning of life? How should we live our life?
21 April, 2016
Listen to Ringu Tulku’s answer to a question concerning the violence and hatred in the world today, and if it is possible for us to change the world for the better.
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This teaching, Freeing the Mind with Wisdom and Compassion in Challenging Times, was given by Rinpoche at Dharma Mati Zentrum (Rigpa Berlin). Photos courtesy of Rigpa Berlin.
20 April 2016
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Rinpoche gave this teaching on the Six Paramitas in Kagyu Dzong Paris.
13 – 15 April 2016
English / French translation
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The three teachings on What Meditation Really Is were given by Rinpoche at Rigpe Dorje Switzerland in Bern.
8 – 9 April 2016
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This teaching on Four Bardos was given by Rinpoche at the ErDi Karmapa Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.
1 April – 4 April 2016
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This is a teaching on the Four Noble Truths, which Rinpoche gave in Gangtok, Sikkim.
15 March 2016
English / Spanish translation
This year Rinpoche has been making audio recordings of most of the teachings he has given while travelling around Europe and beyond. We are now planning to present these on the Bodhicharya website here.
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On his last visit to Bodhicharya Berlin in September 2015, H.H. the 17th Karmapa gave this heart advice on how to practice the Dharma and emphasised the importance of integrating our learnings into the actions of our daily lives.
Those who want to follow the guidance of His Holiness can now join a new, interactive WISDOM-IN-ACTION STUDY GROUP starting very soon on Facebook with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s teachings on the Six Paramitas, condensed into a series of six beautiful videos.
Each paramita will be studied and practised for 2 weeks and the whole course will last 12 weeks. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has kindly agreed to be part of the group and every once in a while share some advice and/or answer some questions. Everybody is warmly invited to join the study group on Facebook: www.wisdom-in-action.com
Read more about the study group on the Facebook page
For those who are not on Facebook, the videos of Rinpoche’s teachings on the Six Paramitas can also be viewed on our playlist of Short Teachings.
So, practically, if we are doing sitting meditation, we relax our body. Try to let all tensions go because we don’t want them. Relax our body from our toes to our head, to the brain, to the eyes. Relax. Wherever there is tension, we try to relax. Relax our eyes. Relax our face muscles, our mouth, neck, shoulders and internal organs. Relax our feet, our hands. We really relax our whole body. And bring our mind into the body so that I feel the body. I am here. I am now, in my body. I feel the relax-ness of my body, I see with my eyes, I hear what I hear with my ears, I feel with my body, I smell with my nose. So I am here now, in this very moment. I am not there in yesterday, I am not there in tomorrow, I am here in my body now, this moment.
My mind is also relaxed. I am not dealing with all the problems from yesterday, I am not dealing with the problems of tomorrow, I am not even dealing with the problems of the last hour or minute or the next hour or minute. I am just here, now.
Only seeing what I am seeing, now. Only hearing what I am hearing, now. Not holding on to anybody or anything, just being.
I am not meditating. I am not doing anything, I am just being. Clear, open, not fighting against anything, not closing anything, not trying to wish away anything, not trying to get anything. Just here, natural.
Maybe a thought comes, it doesn’t matter. You hear something, it doesn’t matter. You see something, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you see, it’s okay. Don’t make a story of it. You hear something, that’s okay. Sometimes a bird sings. Then you think, “Oh, the bird is singing. It’s disturbing me. It has to sing as soon as I start to meditate!” You don’t have to think like that. You let the sound come and go and if it continuously comes, continuously let it come, and let it go.
With thoughts it is the same. When a thought comes, it’s ok. If a thought comes, don’t concentrate on the thought, just be in the present moment. And then, if too many thoughts come, allow your mind to be aware of your breathing. You are feeling that you are breathing in. You are breathing in and then you are feeling that you are breathing out. You are not thinking about it, you are just doing it; you are feeling it. If too many thoughts and too many things are going on in your mind then just lightly focus on that breathing because that is what is happening now.
You are not trying to push away thoughts. You are just letting them go, because you are more focused on what is happening now.
You may remember something that happened yesterday. You don’t go through it too much, you just remember breathing now.
If you are a little bit more advanced, then you can even look at that thought.
The thought is not a story; it’s just a thought coming up. There is nowhere that it comes from; there is nowhere it goes away to. As soon as it arises, it changes. It goes. Another thought comes. And actually that’s your mind. There is nothing called one mind. It’s the stringing of thoughts and emotions and arisings. It’s not one thing.
And all these thoughts and emotions and sensations that arise in your mind are yourself, your mind. It’s not coming at you. It’s not coming to affect you. That is me, that is my mind. So, therefore, I don’t have to be afraid of that. I don’t have to be afraid of my fear as well, because that’s also myself. Anger, upset, is myself, it’s my own manifestation. So there is no need get rid of it, there’s no need to follow it, there is no need to be afraid of it, there’s no need to feel bad, or good. I just allow it to be and then, like the waves coming and going, it dissolves itself. There is nothing outside my mind.
So whatever comes, nice experiences, not nice experiences, they come and they go. And I have to allow them to come and allow them to go. Not holding on to anything, whether good or bad. Even good and bad is just a concept.
If I can enjoy myself in all these thoughts and emotions, if I can just relax in my thoughts and emotions, if nothing is happening, it’s very nice. It’s peaceful; it’s joyful. If thoughts and emotions are coming, it’s very nice. It comes and it goes and I just relax in it. I don’t own it, I don’t grab it, I don’t build a story on it, I just be…. and relax.
If you are trying to meditate for a session, keep an alarm clock. Don’t say, “I want to meditate for five minutes” and look at your watch 50 times. When the time is ended, the alarm clock will come and you might jump out of it! But don’t jump out of it.
Enjoy it. Make friends with your meditation. Think that this is time off. Sometimes you get time off from work, but you don’t get time off from your mind. You don’t get time off from your thoughts and emotions. This is the only time you can get time off from your thoughts and emotions. So it is real time off. Look forward to that time off. It’s not only that you don’t have to work but you don’t have to think also. It’s the greatest pleasure.
This is an excerpt from a teaching on Ultimate Bodhichitta given by Rinpoche in Dzogchen Beara in 2012.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 2014, there will be webcasts streamed from Rinpoche’s teachings at Kagyu Tekchen Chöling in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The webcasts can be viewed at facebuda.org. There will be translation to Spanish, and the English will also be webcast. Viewing the webcast at facebuda.org is quite simple. If you have any issues with the transmission, try refreshing your browser.
The timetable is as follows:
Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th of September:
6:00 – 8:00 Los Angeles
10:00 – 12:00 Buenos Aires
15:00 – 17:00 Central European Time (UTC/GMT +2)
11:00 – 13:00 Los Angeles
15:00 – 17:00 Buenos Aires
20:00 – 22:00 Central European Time (UTC/GMT +2)
Here is the link to a Facebook event, with some more info in Spanish, created by Comunidad Dharmadatta:
With courtesy of Kagyu Tekchen Chöling and Comunidad Dharmadatta. Special thanks to Ani Damchö.
Dear Online Shedra followers,
You can soon download all the Bodhicharyavatara teaching audios through one page in the Library. Chapter 1 audio links are there already, and the rest of the chapters will be added shortly. Hopefully this makes accessing the teachings nice and easy!
Our video server has been down for a while. It will soon be up and running again after a thorough maintenance. We apologise for the inconvenience, thank you for your patience, and hope you enjoy listening to the teachings on audio.
As you know, it has been a busy, exciting and successful year for Rinpoche, with a lot of hard work organising His Holiness the Karmapa’s historical first visit to Europe in May-June, and now he is travelling again, without a steady internet access. Nevertheless, we hope that Rinpoche will very soon send us new teachings on the Bodhicharyavatara again.
Photo: Bodhicharya Berlin, 2014.