An Everyday Meditation From Tsoknyi Rinpoche

I wanted to share this meditation from Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who wrote the book I’m currently reading, Open Heart Open Mind, because I think it’s simply worded, to the point, and packs a punch when it comes to presence and moment to moment awareness coupled with an expression of the importance of emptiness:

The instructions are simple.

Just straighten your spine while keeping the rest of your body relaxed.

Take a couple of deep breaths.

Keep your eyes open - though not so intently that your eyes begin to burn or water. You can blink. But just notice yourself blinking. Each blink is an experience of presence.

Now, let yourself be aware of everything you’re experiencing - sights, sounds, physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Allow yourself to be open to all these experiences.

Inevitably, as you begin this exercise, all sorts of thoughts, feelings, and sensations will pass through your experience. This is to be expected.

This little exercise is in many ways like starting a weight-training program at the gym. At first you can lift only a few pounds for a few repetitions before your muscles get tired. But if you keep at it, gradually you’ll find that you can life heavier weights and perform more repetitions.

The basic instruction is merely tobe aware of everything that passes through your awareness as it is. Whatever you experience, you don’t have to suppress it.

Just observe these thoughts and feelings as they come and go - and how quickly they come and go, to be replaced by others. If you keep doing this, you’ll get a taste of emptiness - a vast, open space in which possibilities emerge and combine, dancing together for awhile, and vanish with astonishing rapidity. You’ll glimpse one aspect of your basic nature, which is the freedom to experience anything and everything.

Don’t criticize or condemn yourself if you find yourself chasing after physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions. No one becomes a Buddha overnight. Recognize, instead, that for a few seconds you were able to directly experience something new, something now.

I’ve tried this mediation from Tsoknyi Rinpoche twice now, and I think it’s a great way to increase space and presence, which happen to be two aspects of focus I have tried to integrate in my practice lately.

Once you get over the funny mental image of a Tibetan Buddhist monk doing weightlifting at the gym it’s well worth your while.

Namaste and happy Oms,


If the unconscious can be recognized as a co-determining factor along with consciousness, and if we can live in such a way that conscious and unconscious demands are taken into account as far as possible, then the centre of gravity of the total personality shifts into position. It is then no longer the ego, which is merely the centre of consciousness, but in the hypothetical point between conscious and unconscious. This new centre might be called the self.
—  C.G. Jung, Collected Works

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You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it." -Albert Einstein 

I fucking love this quote with a passion. Hasn’t anyone else noticed that, especially at this time, there are more and more people figuring out what needs to be right in this world? And you’re sitting there thinking “well damn! why didn’t they think of that sooner!?” or “Why aren’t they doing this already!?” Its because we are entering a new consciousness as people. And by conscious, I mean almost like a new perspective on life. Like you are finally able to be see the bigger picture and its almost like a wake-up call for many and that is so amazing! There are too many of the “old minds” in power right now and they just can’t seem to get a hold of these new concepts because our intentions are through love and knowledge not power and greed. I really feel more and more great things that people will figure out are going to start happening. December 21st is not a day to be scared of! Nothing apocalyptic will happen, but it will be the end of the world. As we know it. You’re going to wake up and everything will be amazing. No more worries or pain, just love all around. But this isn’t going to JUST happen. You got have to work on it by spreading that love around. Through meditation and accepting things as they are is a great start :)
I can only show you the way, I can’t walk it for you.

Namaste <3

A few words about Earth and being earthy

One of the astronauts who walked on the moon, described his view of the earth as an experience of instant global consciousness. He said: “When you are up there you’re no longer an American citizen, or a Russian citizen, suddenly all those boundaries disappear, you’re a planetary citizen”. 

As well as this linking at a physical level, we are also beginning to link together at a deeper level . . As a result of the information explosion, telecommunications, and the birth of computer networks, we are beginning to exchange information with each other wherever we may be . . we are beginning to share our thinking . . we are beginning to connect together mentally. . We are beginning to link up, mind to mind.


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anonymous asked:

Is you or is you aint a materialist???

No. Although I have much more sympathy for materialism than idealism- as long as it is not reductionist or Marxist.

Materialism holds that what comes first is matter, and then intellect second; idealism the other way around.

But what is matter for human beings for for human beings apart from consciousness? It’s an impossible question to answer. Materialism can explain objects like rocks and mud which don’t have brains, but for humans it’s different.

Consciousness is not matter, but consciousness is our only way of knowing what is material. And likewise, consciouss without anything to be conscious of is not consciousness at all. Matter and consciousness have to be integrated with one another for humans to have any concept of reality whatsoever. Neither one “comes first.”