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Daily Connect: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche - Modern Day Buddha


Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a popular Tibetan teacher who has written several best-selling books and is the leader of the Tergar Meditation Community, has surprised his teachers, students, and family by abruptly becoming a wandering yogi.  (You may have seen him speak at IDP last summer.)  Last month, upon entering his room in Bodhgaya, his long-time attendant discovered Rinpoche had left, taking no money, supplies, or clothes except what he was wearing.  Rinpoche left letters explaining he will be following the example of Milarepa, the great Tibetan teacher who went from place to place, living in caves, without plans or goods, and that he will be doing this type of retreat for the next three years.   What follows is an excerpt from the hopeful and inspiring letter he wrote to his students.  

You may have heard me say this before, but it is the key point of the entire path, so it bears repeating: All that we are looking for in life — all the happiness, contentment, and peace of mind — is right here in the present moment. Our very own awareness is itself fundamentally pure and good. The only problem is that we get so caught up in the ups and downs of life that we don't take the time to pause and notice what we already have.

Don't forget to make space in your life to recognize the richness of your basic nature, to see the purity of your being and let its innate qualities of love, compassion, and wisdom naturally emerge. Nurture this recognition as you would a small seedling. Allow it to grow and flourish.

Many of you have generously asked how you can help support my retreat. My answer is simple: Keep this teaching at the heart of your practice. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, pause from time to time and relax your mind. You don't have to change anything about your experience. You can let thoughts and feelings come and go freely, and leave your senses wide open. Make friends with your experience and see if you can notice the spacious awareness that is with you all the time. Everything you ever wanted is right here in this present moment of awareness.


Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, may your lotus feet be stable and your activity flourish, and may you be protected from harm.  


Peace to Everyone Everywhere!




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What I can't avoid

What I can't avoid considering a striking difference in comparison with some teachers is:

"Many of you have generously asked how you can help support my retreat. My answer is simple: Keep this teaching at the heart of your practice."

I don't want to be too critical or harsh, but the difference is striking, and I'm basically being honest to myself saying this, considering those teachers who leave for a 1-year retreat and for this have multiple fund raising campaigns, to the point of asking students to "adopt" a day of retreat (after having raising millions in other kind of campaigns).

2 different flavors of Dharma.

A True Dharma Teacher

You're so right, YMR's request is really is lovely and touching and inspiring. For me, there is something so wonderful about his wandering, and I imagine him radiating wisdom and compassion wherever he goes, like a candle in the darkness.

The Surprise is the Wandering


Yes, it was known he was going on retreat but it was planned as a traditional secluded retreat at a monastery.  See this link for a video of his brother explaining the circumstances of Rinpoche's decision:  http://chronicleproject.com/stories_305.html



Not a "surprise"

This is not a surprise. We have know for about a year the YMR was going on a traditional 3 year retreat.

it was in fact a surprise to

it was in fact a surprise to his students and peers, because his journey is not a traditional retreat. He's already completed several of those.

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