Sakyong Mipham: How to Meditate. {Video}

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How to Meditate. And, Why.

We don’t meditate to get enlightened. We don’t meditate to achieve any state. We meditate to come back to the present moment. It’s simple: in training our “wild horse” mind again and again to synchronize with right here, right now, in joining body and mind and heaven and earth, we become ourselves. We become more sane, more clear, the world itself seems to shine in through our eyes more vividly. You could call it a glimpse of enlightenment, actually. But, really, as a meditation instructor of mine explained, enlightenment is no more than not being caught up in self-concern, but rather being awake to reality. He said, “When you’re driving your car, and you see a red light, and you stop—that’s enlightenment.”

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (click that link for old school wow) and my teacher for many years, who I haven’t seen much for a few years, gives this pithy explanation of how-to meditate:

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Bonus bonus, via Gesar Mukpo, son of Chogyam Trungpa, a video with spoken word by Sakyong Mipham:

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Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & 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 | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view.

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anonymous Mar 19, 2011 3:05pm

I consider Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche's "Shambala" teachings essential reading for my yoga method.

anonymous Mar 19, 2011 12:32pm

Some of us DO teach meditation in schools!

Donna Quesada
Eastern Philosophy
Santa Monica College

Benjamin Riggs Jan 5, 2011 5:01pm

This is truly a great meditation piece on Elephant. Not enough attention is given to the simple act of observation. Sakyong Mipham is not a figure I am all that acquainted with, I have read Turning The Mind Into an Ally, and liked it… I will have to look more at his writings! Thanks Waylon.