“Don’t forget to practise anytime, everywhere, short time, many times!” In this short video recorded recently, Mingyur Rinpoche sends his greetings and encourages us to bring our practice into our everyday life. Rinpoche will arrive in Hong Kong in a week’s time for a series of teachings. We invite you to join us in learning from Rinpoche how we can cultivate awareness, compassion and wisdom, and further bring these qualities into our everyday life.
October 2-5: Joy of Living meditation workshops – Essence teachings October 7-8: Awareness Leadership workshop October 9 and 10: Encounters with Happiness public talks
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner. His profound yet accessible teachings and playful sense of humour have endeared him to students around the world. Most uniquely, Rinpoche’s teachings weave together his own personal experiences with modern scientific research, relating both to the practice of meditation.
Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal, Mingyur Rinpoche is a rising star among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist masters. From a young age, Rinpoche was drawn to a life of contemplation. He spent many years of his childhood in strict retreat. At the age of 17, he was invited to be a teacher at his monastery’s three-year retreat centre, a position rarely held by such a young lama. He also completed the traditional Buddhist training in philosophy and psychology, before founding a monastic college at his home monastery in north India.
In addition to extensive training in the meditative and philosophical traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Mingyur Rinpoche has also had a lifelong interest in Western science and psychology. At an early age, he began a series of informal discussions with the famed neuroscientist Francisco Varela, who came to Nepal to learn meditation from his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Many years later, in 2002, Mingyur Rinpoche and a handful of other long-term meditators were invited to the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Richard Davidson, Antoine Lutz, and other scientists examined the effects of meditation on the brains of advanced meditators. The results of this ground-breaking research were reported in many of the world’s most widely read publications, including National Geographic and Time.
Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centres on five continents. His candid, often humorous accounts of his own personal difficulties have endeared him to thousands of students around the world. His best-selling book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over 20 languages. Rinpoche’s most recent books are Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism, Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, and an illustrated children’s book entitled Ziji: The Puppy that Learned to Meditate.
In early June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche walked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India and began a wandering retreat through the Himalayas and the plains of India that lasted four-and-a-half years. When not attending to the monasteries under his care in India and Nepal, Rinpoche spends time each year travelling and teaching worldwide.