Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: a Buddhist teacher’s advice to teenagers.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 28, 2009
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We’re late to this Buddhist Blogosphere party, but via our friends at Chronicle Project up in Halifax, here’s advice from leading Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to teenagers (I know, only parents will listen to this—click here for audio file).


On growing up too fast

So, today I have something to tell you, that is especially for the teenagers, especially. I don’t know whether you realize this, this is really important. It’s … important is not the right word. I don’t know what to say. I’m trying to fish for a word.

There is something so incredible about being young. I made a mistake by trying to grow up fast, and I’m sure there are a lot of other people who have made the same mistake. Please for your own sake, do not grow up fast, because you can never rewind and play back.

Once you play, that’s it!

But this is easier said than done, no? … a whole society, books, television, movies … all trying to make you grow up. And you yourself, as a human being … human nature is competing: “Who will grow up fastest?” I’m sure you even tell yourselves sometimes, “Grow up! C’mon!” … not the right thing to do.

On discipline and depression

OK. One last word. Now, I hate to use the word discipline. The trouble is this is the one thing that you don’t want to hear, discipline … But even to make a cappuccino, you need a discipline … you need a discipline, of course. Skateboarding…go to Chronicle Project for rest.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & 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. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche: a Buddhist teacher’s advice to teenagers.”

  1. Karyn Robinson at 9:53pm January 29
    Hey Way! Do you have anymore information like this for teens? Seeing as they are the main demographic of Facebook could you post more? My 18 year old could really use some more of this type of information. Do you recommend any SMC stuff or would you be willing to have a cup of tea with him? He is just lost right now…. email me if you are interested…. Thanks a ton honey!

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 10:48pm January 29
    I wrote something on Shambhala Sun Summer Camp—which is actually fun, and amazing, I did it…if your son is 10 – 16 do Sun Camp! You can search on our site for the blog…I think also Shambhala Center has some programs with teenagers, might be fun, a chance to hang out with girls at the least!

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