If you find yourself wishing that your practice of meditation had more direction, structure, or depth, then studying the step-by-step Buddhist path is one way you could take your meditation practice further.
In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains how Buddhist study and practice support our journey of liberation by transforming unhealthy concepts into healthy concepts – and eventually going beyond concepts altogether:
This video is an excerpt from the newly relaunched Vajrayana Online course on the Three Yanas, or three vehicles – the three stages of practice in the Buddhist path of awakening as traditionally taught in Tibet.
In his approach to teaching meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche integrates traditional Buddhist practice and philosophy with the current scientific understanding of the mind and mental health – making the practice of mediation relevant and accessible to students around the world.
Born in Nepal in 1975, Mingyur Rinpoche began to study meditation as a young boy with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, himself a well-respected Buddhist teacher. He spent many years of his childhood in strict retreat and completed the traditional Buddhist training in philosophy and psychology. In addition to extensive training in the meditative and philosophical traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Mingyur Rinpoche has also had a lifelong interest in Western science and psychology, which has led to many fruitful collaborations with neuroscientists and psychologists.
Mingyur Rinpoche is the author of the best-selling book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, as well as Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism, and In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying.