How & Why we Meditate. ~ Sakyong Mipham

Via on Aug 3, 2011

Update: with thanks to Toby Sifton, please keep in mind that it’s traditional—because it’s more personal and precise—to learn meditation from a human. Find a Shambhala Center near you here. ~ ed.

It’s not easy. But it’s simple. Meditate for even just five minutes a day, first thing in the morning after waking and last thing before sleeping, and you’ll find yourself less caught up in yourself, and more available and awake for business, family, sports…life.

Recently, a young non-Buddhist investor friend of mine asked me how to meditate. So I put the below videos and quote by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche together for him.

Any other quotes or videos I should include? Tips? Tell me and I’ll likely put ‘em in. ~ WL.

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Shambhala Buddhist meditation master (and daddy) Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:

“Many of us are slaves to our minds.

Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first.

And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged.

It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds?

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Extensive (!) video notes:

To change Closed Caption (subtitle) language move mouse over red CC icon (below video).
http://www.sakyong.com
The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche guides viewers in basic meditation practice.
© Copyright 2008 Mipham J. Mukpo
Produced By Centre Productions and James Hoagland.

See also:
A Short Introduction to Peaceful Abiding (video) http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=71
Meditation is Like Drinking Water (video)
http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=69
Shamatha and Vipashyana (audio) http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=104
Good Mind (Audio) http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=105
Ruling Your World (Audio)http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=117
Meditation in Action: Sit for Change (text) http://sakyong.com/teachings.php?id=14
Mindfulness (text) http://sakyong.com/teachings.php?id=12
Shambhala Warriorship & Meditation (text) http://sakyong.com/teachings.php?id=31
The Power of Being Cheerful (text) http://sakyong.com/teachings.php?id=28
Meditation In Action (audio). Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=91
The Open Way (audio). (CTR) Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Dathün Letter. (CTR) http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=
Meditation: The Only Way (text). (CTR) http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=116
How to Meditate: A Talk for Young People (text). (CTR) http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/view.php?id=103

Shambhala Web Site: Vision – Lineage – Meditation – Community at http://www.shambhala.org

Sakyong.com Online Archives http://www.sakyong.com/archive.php
These Online Archives have video, audio and written teachings of the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche.
Books & Media http://www.sakyong.com./booksandmedia.php
http://www.shambhalamedia.org/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1

Shambhala.org Teachings Library
http://www.shambhala.org/teachings/
This Teachings Library has video, audio and written teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche.

Learn More About Meditation at http://www.shambhala.org/meditation/
You can find out more about our Meditation Programs available at your local Shambhala Meditation Centre: List of over 200 Shambhala Centers and Groups Worldwide http://www.shambhala.org/centers .
Meditation programs and Shambhala events worldwide http://www.shambhala.org/programs/ .

Biography of The Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche http://www.shambhala.org/teachers/vctr/
The Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche -Official Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/TrungpaRinpoche

The Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche – Video and Text Biography, Schedule, Contact, etc. http://www.sakyong.com./sakyong.php
Closed captioned and translated video biography at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfm11LFpvVo

Facebook: Sakyong Mipham
http://www.facebook.com/Sakyong

Visit the Sakyong’s web site at http://www.sakyong.com for daily text messages with the Sakyong’s contemplation of the day.

You can subscribe to the iTunes Podcast at itpc://www.sakyong.com./videofeed.php, the RSS Video Feed at feed://www.sakyong.com./videofeed.php .

Make a Teaching Gift and support Sakyong.com today! http://www.sakyong.com./teachinggift.php

The Sakyong Wangmo, Khandro Tseyang
Invoking the Mother Lineage: The Sakyong Wangmo and feminine principle. http://www.shambhala.org/community/SakyongWangmo.php
The Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkTmytojq68

EveryBodhi (formerly Buddhist Youth Project) http://every-bodhi.org
EveryBodhi on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/BuddhistYouthProject
Buddhist Youth Festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JRmxkj9ETM

Shambhala Media at http://www.shambhalamedia.org
Toll Free 1-888-450-1002 Ph: 902-421-1550 x1
Communicates the vision, teachings, and culture of Shambhala and the Sakyong lineage through publications, recordings, and other media. Shambhala Media also includes:
Shambhala Archives at http://www.archives.shambhala.org.
Shambhala Times, community news magazine at http://shambhalatimes.org

Shambhala Sun http://www.shambhalasun.com “Today’s leading Buddhist magazine”
Buddhadharma www.thebuddhadharma.com “An in-depth, practice-oriented publication for Buddhists of all traditions.”

Shambhala International
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Email: info@shambhala.org
phone (902) 425-4275
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Shambhala is a global community. There are more than 200 centers and groups around the world, as well as thousands of individual members.

Shambhala web site: Vision – Lineage – Meditation – Community at http://www.shambhala.org
Shambhala -Affiliations The Global Mandala at http://www.sakyong.com/affiliations.php

Shambhala Europe at http://shambhala-europe.org
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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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13 Responses to “How & Why we Meditate. ~ Sakyong Mipham”

  1. Greg Houston says:

    It's not by the Sakyong, but one of my favorite teachings on meditation:

    Blood, Bone, Space and Light
    By Reginald A. Ray, Ph.D.
    http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=com_

  2. Meditation saved my life. Everyday no matter what I sit, for 20years now; sometimes hard, sometimes wonderful and yet it just keeps getting better!

  3. I started off with these meditations and I still listen to them regularly :) http://meditation.org.au/learntomeditate.xml

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