Sights + Sounds

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche addresses these key questions: How can we change our pattern of response to difficult situations? And what can we bring to the table that will make a real difference in the world? Recorded at Nalandabodhi New York City, 2013.

How Do Buddhist Teachings Become a Lifestyle?

Mitra Tyler Dewar describes how the Buddhist teachings show up in our lives, including the way we approach helping others.

The Heart Attack Sutra

Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl offers a fresh look at the famous Heart Sutra in this interview about his book on this Buddhist text, titled The Heart Attack Sutra.

Getting to Know Your Mind

Mitra Lee Worley explains why getting to know one’s mind in meditation is not a “one shot deal,” and what meditation shows us when we stick with it over time.

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We’re cultivating our intelligence as opposed to expanding or upgrading its contents. It’s like brightening a room by putting a higher-watt lightbulb in a lamp. Suddenly we can see everything in the room much more clearly.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

STUDY

In the Buddhist path, we accumulate knowledge in three ways: through study, contemplation, and meditation.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

MEDITATION

The practice of meditation is basically a process of getting to know yourself by becoming familiar with your mind.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

MEDITATION

When sitting meditation is practiced over time, the mind begins to fall naturally into a resting state, which allows us to be fully present in our life.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

MEDITATION

The position of your body has a very direct and powerful effect on your mind. An upright posture enables your mind to rest naturally in a calm and peaceful state.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

MINDFUL ACTIVITY

Once you join practice with day-to-day life, every corner of your world offers you a way to explore wakefulness, whether you’re in a shrine hall or on the street.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

MINDFUL ACTIVITY

When we’re genuinely engaged in a process of working with others, we’re automatically working with ourselves as well.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

MINDFUL ACTIVITY

The act of bringing your mind into the present is an act of self-discipline. The tendency of mind to move this way and that … is brought to a halt.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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