Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dharma Play With Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Last night was the beginning of our weekend retreat with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a funny, very happy, little guy from Tibet, and also extremely gifted Dharma teacher. 

Here is a (bad iPhone) picture of the Rinpoche acting out the 'serious meditator':

His instructions for meditation - abbreviated version:
  1. Don't meditate (as in don't take yourself too seriously and tense up)
  2. Don't get lost (as in stay aware)
Now off to day 2 of retreat, and looking forward to some more joy, play, and simplicity from Mingyur!

PS- I never quite know which part of his name to use in short. Yongey, Mingyur, Mingyur Rinpoche, Yongey Mingyur . . . Do you know?


  1. Wish I could be there! mudita...

  2. Mingyur Rinpoche or Rinpoche.

    My wife attends meditation sessions at his center in Phoenix AZ, and I have heard him speak numerous times. Mingyur Rinpoche enjoys hiking, and this winter he and about 12 - 15 people took a hike up a rugged, rocky trail here in town. I had not experienced a monk who so enjoyed the out-of-doors before !



  3. Thanks for the clarification, D!

    Rinpoche also surfs apparently . . .

    Lucky you and your wife to be able to attend his lectures so frequently! I think enlightenment and the ability to laugh and play are related somehow :)


  5. The above is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Mantram, originally from Indian Buddhism, and it was taken to Tibet hundreds of years ago, by way of a Buddhist Guru from Kashmir, India, who established the first Buddhist Monastery in Tibet.

  6. Yes Rinpoche Bali.

  7. Thanks for the info, Gunawan. I love the image! :)