As we get busy with preparations for Mingyur Rinpoche’s teaching tour, it’s good practice to always ask ourselves our motivation for this work. All of us, I trust, are dedicated to working for the benefit of all. Even so, with so many people working together and so many decisions to be made, there are plenty of opportunities for disagreements. In this short video, Mingyur Rinpoche offers, to my mind, the best and most succinct advice for how to work well with others. He offers many tips, including the importance of good and clear communication. Most useful of all is his reminder to be aware of the subtle shades of our minds as we work.
This is the ninth and final video sharing in a series of videos recorded back in March this year, for the purpose of publicising the Hong Kong teaching tour. We thank Rinpoche for his generous sharing, and we hope you’ve enjoyed every one of them.
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, his teachings weave together his own personal experiences with modern scientific research, relating both to the practice of meditation.
Mingyur Rinpoche was born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal. From a young age, he 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
Behaviour 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 groundbreaking research were reported in many of the world’s most widely read publications, including National Geographic and Time.
Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings are shared worldwide through his Tergar meditation centres. 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. His 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 titled Ziji: The Puppy that Learned to Meditate.
In June 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya, India to begin a period of extended solitary retreat. In November of 2015, he returned after more than four years of the wandering retreat. He is currently teaching his students living around the world.