Welcome back for week 2 of Tricycle Meditation Month, our annual challenge to sit all 31 days of January. 

If you’re just joining us, Meditation Month teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is leading a four-part series of free guided meditation videos to aid you in your daily practice. 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. For his series, The Bodhisattva’s Path of Meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche will explore Shantideva’s classic text The Way of the Bodhisattva. Each Monday, we will release a new video that builds on the previous week’s teachings.

This week, Mingyur Rinpoche explores the practice of exchanging self and others, in which you imagine or sense that you become another person and, in turn, another person becomes you. Pointing out our tendency to project onto others, Mingyur Rinpoche asks us to practice exchanging ourselves with three types of people: someone you think of as less than you, someone you think of as higher than you, and someone you think of as equal to you. Through this practice, Mingyur Rinpoche explains that we can become free from our perceptions of others when we can recognize that we are all fundamentally the same and looking for happiness. 

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.

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