Happy New Year, and welcome to week 1 of Tricycle Meditation Month. Throughout January, we invite you to take our annual challenge to commit to a daily meditation practice. Anyone can do it, even if you can only set aside a few minutes. Each week, our Meditation Month teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, will lead a free guided meditation video to help you weave your practice into your life while cultivating awareness, compassion, and wisdom.
Mingyur Rinpoche is a master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and the leader of the Tergar Meditation Community, a global network of Buddhist meditation centers. Born in Nepal in 1975, Mingyur Rinpoche began to study meditation as a young boy with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a revered Buddhist teacher. For his four-part series, The Bodhisattva’s Path of Meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche will explore Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva. Each video will introduce an approach to meditation inspired by the classic text that builds on the previous weeks’ teachings.
In this first video, Mingyur Rinpoche introduces a practice of equalizing self and others and guides us through a meditation on our desire for happiness and our true nature of innate goodness. He explains how to build a foundation for your practice by focusing on how you share a connection with all other beings and recognizing that we all have a universal wish to be happy and free from suffering. But although we all wish for happiness, we don’t always know its true causes.
Download a transcript of this talk. It has been edited for clarity.
Meditation Month is free for all participants. Tricycle is here to support your journey with helpful articles, a live call on January 31 with meditation teacher Myoshin Kelley, a Facebook discussion group, and other free resources for meditation and Buddhist practice. Visit tricycle.org/mm22 to learn more.
This week’s Meditation Month articles:
- “What We Gain When We Learn to Let Go” by Gil Fronsdal
- “Awakening to Joy” by Pema Düddul
- “A Short Meditation for Caregivers Battling Burnout” by Lama Palden
- “The Art of Slowing Down” by Martin Aylward
- “The Zen of Not Knowing” by Zenkei Blanche Hartman
- “A Practice for Breathing Through Pain” by Radhule Weininger
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