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Mingyur Rinpoche

1975 CE –

Modern-day Mahasiddha

Major Dzogchen and Mahamudra lineage holder, descendant of the Tibetan kings Songtsen Gampo and Trisong Deutsen, abbot of Sherab Ling, and builder of Tergar Monastery; Mngyur Rinpoche left his elevated position in the middle of a 2011 night alone and taking nothing with him. For 4.5 years, he lived as an unknown yogi doing a “wandering retreat” in the Himalayas. He now has centers on 5 continents, teaches extensively, and continues his studies not only of Buddhist philosophy but also Western science and psychology.

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Joy of Living

Joy of Living, 2007

The Joy of Living (2007)

Quotes by Mingyur Rinpoche (37 quotes)

“Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.”

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“When you don’t understand the nature and origin of your thoughts, your thoughts use you. When the Buddha recognized the nature of his mind, he reversed the process. He showed us how we use our thoughts instead of being used by them.”

Themes: Reason

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“Buddhist training offers an alternative approach to experiencing life from an essentially fear-based perspective of survival in favor of experiencing it as a parade of odd and wonderful things.”

Themes: Fear

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“There is no greater inspiration, no greater courage, than the intention to lead all beings to the perfect freedom and complete well-being of recognizing their true nature.”

Themes: Meaningfulness

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“Happiness and unhappiness are not primarily created by the material world or the physical body. First and foremost, they are decisions of the mind… The quickest route to happiness is to help others.”

Themes: Happiness

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“The mind is always moving, always processing new ideas, new perceptions, and new sensations. That’s its job… There’s no difference between what is seen and the mind that sees it.”

Themes: Mind

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“Meditation is about learning to recognize our basic goodness in the immediacy of the present moment, and then nurturing this recognition until it seeps into the very core of our being”

Themes: Basic Goodness

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“Instead of rejecting the problems and emotions, or surrendering to them, we can befriend them, working through them to reach an enduring, authentic experience of our inherent wisdom, confidence, clarity, and joy.”

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“Freedom rarely arrives in the form we think it should… For most of us, freedom feels not only unfamiliar but distinctly unpleasant. That’s because we’re used to our chains. They might chafe, they might make us bleed, but at least they’re familiar.”

Themes: Freedom

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“You can break down the present into smaller and smaller increments, but between the instant of present experience and the instant you identify that instant as 'now', the moment has already passed. It is not longer now. It’s then.”

Themes: Time Carpe diem

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“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


Themes: Wu Wei

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“Even though thoughts and emotions come and go, the mind’s natural clarity is never disturbed or interrupted… Just as space isn’t defined by the objects that move through it, awareness isn’t defined by what it apprehends.”

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“most people end up blaming either external conditions or themselves. However, because it reflects a loss of confidence in oneself, blame only makes the search for happiness more difficult”

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“Use every distraction as an object of meditation and they cease to be distractions.”

Themes: Ordinary Mind

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“Rejoicing in the success of others means letting go of competitiveness, jealousy, and envy”

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“What happens when you begin to recognize your experiences as your own projections? … from one point of view—nothing. From another point of view—everything.”

Themes: Projection

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“We are born buddhas, and all dharma practices help us recognize and nurture this truth.”

Themes: True Self

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“When we take the time to look at the way we see things, the way we see things changes… Just by changing your perspective, you can not only alter your own experience, you can change the world.”

Themes: Change

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“liberated from the tyranny of the monkey-mind… awareness itself allows us to stand at the river’s edge without getting sucked into the current. Thoughts are still there but we have stopped identifying with them. We have become the awareness, not the thoughts”

Themes: Control

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“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.”

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“Compassion is the spontaneous wisdom of the heart. It’s always with us. It always has been, and always will be.”

Themes: Compassion

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“The essence of bodhichitta is the heart that thinks, I alone, personally, will establish all sentient beings in the state of complete enlightenment.”

Themes: Ambition

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“Realization – the stable awareness of the true nature of your mind – is like the sky itself, an unchanging background against which shifting experience occur.”

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“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,”

Themes: Letting Go

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“Meditation is about learning to work with the mind as it is, not about trying to force it into some sort of Buddhist straitjacket.”

Themes: Buddhism

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“The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation…”

Themes: Openness

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“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… we can recognize awareness anywhere, anytime”

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“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.”

Themes: Kindness Conflict

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“In a sense, we’re homesick for our true nature.”

Themes: Desire

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“Modern science—specifically quantum physics and neuroscience—offers an approach to wisdom in terms that are at once more acceptable and more specifically demonstrable to people living in the 21st century than are the Buddhist insigns into the nature of reality gained through subjective analysis.”

from Joy of Living, 2007

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“The definition of emptiness as 'infinite possibility' is a basic description of a very complicated term... whatever arises out of this infinite potential doesn't truly exist as a 'thing' in itself, but is rather the result of numerous causes and conditions.”

from Joy of Living, 2007

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“Sadly, the influence of conditioning is so strong that we rarely remember that we can step back. And because our understanding is limited, we mistake the little part we do see for the whole truth.”

from Joy of Living, 2007

Themes: Control Illusion

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“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.”

from Joy of Living, 2007

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“Ignorance is a fundamental inability to recognize the infinite potential, clarity, and power of our own minds… ignorance distorts the basically open experience of awareness into dualistic distinctions between inherently existing categories of ‘self’ and ‘other.’”

from Joy of Living

Themes: Ignorance

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“In spite of your fears, no matter what happens to your physical body, your true nature is essentially indestructible.”

from Joy of Living, 2007

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“an utterly direct expansion of the heart... Compassion is a spontaneous feeling of connection with all living things. What you feel, I feel; what I eel, you feel. There's no difference between us.”

from The Joy of Living (2007)

Themes: Oneness

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“When you can't describe a powerful experience in words anymore, it's a sign of progress. It means you've at least dipped your toes into the realm of the ineffable vastness of your true nature, a very brave step that many people, too comfortable with the familiarity of their discontent, lack the courage to take.”

from The Joy of Living (2007)

Themes: Progress

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