October 19, 2021

According to the dzogchen teachings, the simple act of resting in the stillness of our body can serve as a doorway to the refuge of the dharmakaya: the pure, unbounded spaciousness of our true nature. In a live online broadcast, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche helps us to enter through the door of stillness.

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In advance of viewing, Rinpoche encourages creating a bit of space for meditation in your house — in a quiet, peaceful location where you can feel some sense of warmth and connection to yourself. You might provide a comfortable cushion to sit on, and a candle or stick of incense. A supportive outer space can support your inner space during meditation.

About the teaching: In his broadcast, Rinpoche speaks of recognizing, resting, recovering, and then allowing qualities to arise. During your meditation session, as you connect deeply with the stillness of the body:

  1. Recognize your suffering — the sense of pain identity that is wanting to act out through your speech or mind. That pain can be seen as an opportunity, a doorway to healing.
  2. Instead of acting out, use that moment of awareness to rest deeply in the stillness.
  3. As you continue resting, you now have the opportunity to recover from the pain and to access your inner refuge.
  4. The more you rest and recover, the more you can allow the virtuous dynamic energies of body, speech, and mind to spontaneously arise. Experience a fresh sense of energy in your body; allow a new voice to manifest; and within your heart and mind, notice that nothing is wrong with your painful emotions. Rather, the pain is your teacher. It is helping you to become stronger and clearer. Everything is good as it is. You are not only allowing a sense of inner refuge, but also being guided by your inner refuge.

This broadcast marks the start of the Month of the Body in “A Year of Body, Speech, and Mind,” a free 2021 online program of live teachings, practices, and science & spirituality dialogs. Learn more

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