Thursday, 18 September 2008

Finding Peace, Compassion and Wisdom in a Complex World

Given during Sogyal Rinpoches recent visit to Australia, this teaching brings together many aspects of Rinpoches instruction on meditation into one essential form. Rinpoche also explains to considerable depth how meditation allows us to work directly with the three mental consciousnesses, purify ourselves of all obscurations and, ultimately, attain enlightenment. What determines whether we are happy or suffering is our perception of ourselves and the world. Therefore, if we can overcome our dualistic mind, we will no longer be subject to the fickleness of momentary thoughts and moods, and find lasting happiness. We achieve this through practising meditation, compassion, and above all, by transforming our mind. Meditation slows down our tendency to grasp and react to what we perceive. By gradually learning to remain undistracted in the pure knowing quality of the mind, we dissolve the concepts and conflicting emotions that are caused by our grasping, purify ourselves of their distorting influence, and discover our inherent wisdom. Most of us need to begin this path of practice by calming our wild minds with shamatha meditation. By developing and staying vigilantly aware of our mindfulness and remaining spaciously in the state of non-distraction, we free ourselves of our concepts and return to the realization of our ultimate nature.

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