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16 Dec 20, 16:33
How to develop the wisdom of impermanence and turn tough times into growth? Just thinking that we need the wisdom of impermanence doesn’t help much. Mingyur Rinpoche is offering a meditation practice on impermanence that brings this wisdom into the subconscious level of mind. (Approx. 7 minutes)



17 Dec 20, 12:35
That was nice Aloka, thanks for posting. I enjoy Mingyur Rinpoche's talks - he's very down to earth and direct.

18 Dec 20, 10:40
I have often undertaken such meditations on change, especially as I trained as a biology teacher. I visualise all of the processes taking place in my body, or at least those I know of, as it is a good starting point to the process of understanding change. Unfortunately I couldn't use this particular meditation as it has a couple of mistakes. Oxygen does not change to carbon and neither does your internal temperature change (unless you are ill or dying of hypothermia). The guy was trying to incorporate science, but only showed his lack of education and knowledge. It's a shame the people who posted the video didn't pick up on that either.

19 Dec 20, 10:53
The guy was trying to incorporate science, but only showed his lack of education and knowledge. It's a shame the people who posted the video didn't pick up on that either.

I didn't watch the video before I posted it here. ...mainly because I like Mingyur Rinpoche & have attended some of his teachings in the past ..... and I don't have all day to be scouring the internet looking for new topics for BWB.

It also depends what one values as "education and knowledge" in one's life! Here's some information about Mingyur Rinpoche, who didn't have a western-style education (and Tibetan medicine and physiology are very different to the western varieties.) :

Mingyur Rinpoche was born in Nepal in 1975 the youngest of four brothers. His mother is Sönam Chödrön, a descendant of the two Tibetan kings Songtsen Gampo and Trisong Deutsen. His brothers are Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche and his nephews are Phakchok Rinpoche and the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, known popularly as Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. From the age of nine, his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, taught him meditation,passing on to him the most essential instructions of the Dzogchen and Mahamudra traditions.

At the age of eleven, Mingyur Rinpoche began studies at Sherab Ling Monastery in northern India, the seat of Tai Situ Rinpoche. Two years later, Mingyur Rinpoche began a traditional three-year retreat at Sherab Ling. At the age of nineteen, he enrolled at Dzongsar Institute, where, under the tutelage of the renowned Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk, he studied the primary topics of the Buddhist academic tradition, including Middle Way philosophy and Buddhist logic. At age twenty, Mingyur Rinpoche became the functioning abbot of Sherab Ling. At twenty-three, he received full monastic ordination. During this time, Mingyur Rinpoche received important Dzogchen transmissions from Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.

In 2007, Mingyur Rinpoche completed the construction of Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, India, which will serve large numbers of people attending Buddhist events at this sacred pilgrimage site, serve as an annual site for month-long Karma Kagyu scholastic debates, and serve as an international study institute for the Sangha and laity. The institute will also have a medical clinic for local people.

Mingyur Rinpoche has overseen the Kathmandu Tergar Osel Ling Monastery, founded by his father, since 2010. He also opened a shedra (monastic college) at the monastery.

In June 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya to begin a period of extended retreat. Rinpoche left in the middle of the night, taking nothing with him, but leaving a farewell letter. He spent four years as a wandering yogi.

During the first few weeks of this retreat, Rinpoche had a near-death experience, likely due to a severe form of botulism. This may have been the result of choosing to eat only the meals that were free and available to him after allowing himself to run out of money. The near-death experience, according to Rinpoche, was one of the most pivotal and transformative experiences of his life. After continuing with his retreat for four years, he later returned to his position as abbot.


19 Dec 20, 15:16
I meant the ones who recorded it and put it on YouTube. The rest of the meditation was fine. It is good to use your own body as a focus for a meditation on change, especially for me as I get older as there is no kidding myself that I am changing.