Meditation and the Mind
with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
“The mind is the source of all experience, and by changing the direction of the mind, we can change the quality of everything we experience. When you transform your mind, everything you experience is transformed.”
Saturday & Sunday, 8th & 9th May 2021, 5 – 7 PM IST
In Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology, the mind or ‘Chitta’ has been given the most profound importance in dealing with life. The view is that the Bodhicitta or the ‘the Awakened Mind’ is the only way to attain enlightenment or overcome the daily mental afflictions of the world. We have also observed that many times our mind is not in our control – like the ‘Monkey Mind’ as it is called in Tibetan Buddhism.
In our daily lives we must deal with a myriad emotion and while responding to those emotions, we are confronted with a variety of consequences, some favourable and others not so much. Although external factors influence the outcome of our efforts, most of the time we have a choice to avoid undesirable results. So, if most of the outcomes depend on individual choices and decisions, how can we manage our thinking and decision-making processes to achieve mental stability and experience satisfaction at the end of the day? Since our mind plays a crucial part in decision-making, how can we ensure that our mind is sharp and alert enough to face any challenge? These are the questions that the workshop will seek to address.
The workshop will be led by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a world-renowned Buddhist teacher and practitioner. Owing to Rinpoche’s ability to present his teachings by weaving together his own personal experiences with modern scientific research, many have deemed him to be the ‘happiest man in the world’.
The workshop will specifically look at the following broad areas:
- Investigate the nature of our mind and explore the techniques that can help contain our ever-restless mind
- Inquire whether meditation can be employed as a tool to calm our mind and make it sharper to see various facets of the choices we make and the accompanying consequences to oneself and others around us
- Explore how we can incorporate meditation as a habit in our daily routine which will in turn habituate our mind to stay calm, increase focus, and think wholistically to bring change for a better world.
- Address precautions and destabilizing effects of meditations and how to confront such situations
About Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche:
The workshop will be led by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who possesses a rare ability to present the ancient Indian and Tibetan wisdom in a fresh, engaging manner. Most uniquely, Rinpoche’s teachings weave together his own personal experiences with modern scientific research.
Mingyur Rinpoche walked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India in early June 2011 and began a ‘wandering retreat’ through the Himalayas and the plains of India that lasted four-and-a- half years.
A world-renowned teacher and the ‘happiest man in 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 twenty languages. Rinpoche’s other books include: Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom. He has also authored an illustrated children’s book entitled: Ziji: The Puppy that Learned to Meditate.