How & Why we Meditate. ~ Sakyong Mipham

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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.


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).
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)
Meditation is Like Drinking Water (video)
Shamatha and Vipashyana (audio)
Good Mind (Audio)
Ruling Your World (Audio)
Meditation in Action: Sit for Change (text)
Mindfulness (text)
Shambhala Warriorship & Meditation (text)
The Power of Being Cheerful (text)
Meditation In Action (audio). Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Open Way (audio). (CTR) Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Dathün Letter. (CTR)
Meditation: The Only Way (text). (CTR)
How to Meditate: A Talk for Young People (text). (CTR)

Shambhala Web Site: Vision – Lineage – Meditation – Community at Online Archives
These Online Archives have video, audio and written teachings of the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche.
Books & Media Teachings Library
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
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Meditation programs and Shambhala events worldwide .

Biography of The Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
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The Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche – Video and Text Biography, Schedule, Contact, etc.
Closed captioned and translated video biography at

Facebook: Sakyong Mipham

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The Sakyong Wangmo, Khandro Tseyang
Invoking the Mother Lineage: The Sakyong Wangmo and feminine principle.
The Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment

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anonymous Nov 7, 2011 3:14pm

I started off with these meditations and I still listen to them regularly 🙂

anonymous Aug 5, 2011 8:32pm

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

anonymous Aug 3, 2011 11:21pm

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

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