CyberSangha® is launching a new series of live broadcasts featuring Tulku Ponse Yigme Tenzin. Upon the program’s launch, we invite you to join Tulku Ponse as he guides a weekly live online meditation in English on YouTube. From his unique perspective as a young practitioner intimately familiar with both Eastern and Western traditions, Tulku Ponse Yigme Tenzin has also offered to answer selected questions submitted to him by email. His answers will be shared via a series of short CyberSangha videos. Scroll down to learn more.
Born in Mexico and now in his twenties, as an infant Tulku Ponse was recognized as the reincarnation of the renowned Bön master Lopon Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche. After his enthronement at a young age as a tulku, or reincarnated master, he started studying Tibetan language and culture and regularly traveled from his family’s home in Mexico to Triten Norbutse and Menri monasteries. Later, he studied Bön and Buddhist meditation in India and Nepal. He now majors in financial administration in a Mexican university while continuing to develop his knowledge of the Yundrung Bön tradition.
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Weekly Online Guided Meditation
Meditation sessions with Tulku Ponse Yigme Tenzin will be held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. New York time (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mexico City time). The launch date and full schedule will be announced in coming weeks.
View live on the CyberSangha YouTube channel
Ask Tulku Ponse Yigme Tenzin … and He Will Answer
You have a unique opportunity to engage with Tulku Ponse Yigme Tenzin by asking him a question via email. Tulku Ponse will answer selected questions in an ongoing series of short videos. As they are posted, the videos will be viewable here on cybersangha.net, on the Facebook page of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, or on the CyberSangha YouTube channel. Questions can be on any topic — a problem you are dealing with, a challenge for the global community, or anything else that moves you.
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Tulku Ponse in His Own Words
For most of his life, Tulku Ponse has had the good fortune of studying with some of the greatest masters of the Yundrung Bön tradition. He wishes to share with others the meditation techniques he has learned and knowledge he has gained. In his own words:
In the Bön Buddhist tradition among the many practices, vast teachings and techniques, there is a particular emphasis in training the mind through meditation. Many people have a mistaken perception of meditation. They assume that it means to sit down and make their thoughts stop. My teachers explain meditation in a different and very simple way: It is a skill to gradually familiarize the mind with an object of meditation, so that we can have a calmer and clearer mind, have a sense of peace and openness, and become more present and less distracted. This object of meditation can be anything: It can be your breath, a sound, a mental image, an emotion. So it is not about making the thoughts stop, but rather becoming aware of thoughts and emotions and simply observing them without engaging with them. As an example, imagine that you are by a crowded walkway and all you have to do is sit there and watch the people pass by. Now, imagine all these people are your thoughts. Because life is constantly filled with distractions, we tend to become a bit unsettled and so we jump up and start following them, forgetting our intention to just sit there and observe.
For most of our lives we have been accustomed to being driven and controlled by our thoughts. Our thoughts, in turn, fabricate problems and adverse situations that we believe are keeping us from true happiness and success. Luckily for us, there is a way to end this cycle, by allowing the mind to become free from all the mental noise and allowing both mind and body to let go of the stress. As the mind connects more fully with the space within, we can connect more fully with ourselves and with life. Through meditation, over time our perspective of external situations also can change, so that even adverse situations may be viewed as a supports or as enriching experiences.
In these meditation sessions I will introduce you to a variety of techniques and explain how each one can be used to help you cope with challenging life situations, and more importantly, to help you live a fuller life.