Sights + Sounds

How Do Habits Work?

How do habits become part of us? Rinpoche takes a humorous closer look at the habits we want to give up. Presented in the context of teaching “the four foundations of mindfulness” (body, feelings, mind and phenomena) at KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY. April 2014.

The Culture of Feelings

Rinpoche suggests an alternate relationship with feelings that is more spacious and beneficial to everyone.

Awakening 24/7

At the close of his 2013 US teaching tour, Rinpoche says that enlightenment is here now – it won’t happen anywhere else. Recorded in Philadelphia.

Is Your Body Really You?

What is yours about your body? What is ultimate reality? What is the most fundamental element from which everything appears?

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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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