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Don’t fight your monkey mind – Mingyur Rinpoche

Isra writes and posts IG team – A while ago, Manex Ibar talked about Mingyur as one of his teachers, which caught my attention. So, I started to investigate, until a few months later, we initiated contact with Tergar (thanks, Maria Primachenko) to be able to interview Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on the podcast, one of the highest Tibetan meditation masters of our times. A disruptive profile due to his approach to meditation – between spiritual and scientific -, his history as a child with panic, for leaving everything and going to wander around India for years and his significant impact on the three published books. After a while, we were granted the opportunity to ask him some questions and here is that interview…

Who is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche?

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Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned meditation teacher with a personal experience of anxiety and panic attacks, which he suffered from during his childhood and adolescence. That is when he learned to transform his panic through meditation. Born in Nepal in 1975, Mingyur Rinpoche began studying meditation as a child with his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a highly respected Buddhist teacher. As a child, he became interested in contemporary science through conversations with scientists who visited his father. As he grew older, he began collaborating with neuroscientists and psychologists, including Richard Davidson and Antoine Lutz of the University of Wisconsin, who were involved in research projects. Who study the effects of meditation on the brain and mind.

If you remember your breathing, you are here” – Mingyur Rinpoche.

Mingyur Rinpoche’s first book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been converted into more than twenty languages. His second book, Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, explores how difficult emotions and challenging life situations can be stepping stones to discovering joy and freedom. In his most recent book, In Love with the World, Mingyur Rinpoche shares how his meditation practice sustained him when he left his monastery to wander India and the powerfully transformative insights he gained from his near-death experience early in this trip. In addition, Mingyur Rinpoche recently appeared on the Netflix series The Mind, Explained in an episode the benefits of mindfulness.

As the Tergar Meditation Community leader, Mingyur Rinpoche supports student groups in over thirty countries, leading workshops worldwide for new and returning students each year.

Awareness, love and compassion

Interview with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – Isra Garcia

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Isra Garcia interviews world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist leader and meditation master Mingyur Rinpoche. He is also known for being the author of three New York Times bestsellers, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness (also translated into Spanish), Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom, and In Love with the World. He is also the director and spiritual leader of the Tergar Community, an international network of Buddhist meditation centres. Mingyur integrates Tibetan meditation with the current scientific understanding of the mind and mental health.

Don’t control too much; find the balance

In this rich and insightful yet brief conversation, Mingyur Rinpoche and Isra explore a wide range of topics; from getting the best of meditation, mindfulness, and finding joy to his take on psychedelics, overcoming anxiety, panic, and fear, and how to practice compassion and Love to get the most out of our lives.

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It’s just panic to panic; that’s what you have to be careful of” – Mingyur Rinpoche

Interview main topics

  1. The most crucial turning points in Rinpoche’s life
  2. How has Mingyur learned to transform the panic and anxiety attacks he had as a child through meditation?
  3. What would Mingyur say to any child facing fear, anxiety or bullying, and also what to say to their parents?
  4. How to be truly happy in today’s world, the (secret) recipe
  5. What Mingyur Rinpoche discovered after ten years of solitary meditation.
  6. What happened when Mingyur Rinpoche decided to leave his monastery to wander around India and the experiences that moved him deeply?
  7. Mingyur’s meditation journey so far: how his practice has evolved.
  8. Rinpoche’s version of psychedelics and meditation.
  9. Mingyur Rinpoche’s daily routine: habits that stand out or stand out from the rest
  10. The three people, living or dead, have influenced you the most, why and how.
  11. Three great teachings from three masters that he has learned.
  12. What is the practice that has proven to be most essential for Rinpoche?
  13. The suffering he encountered while training as a monk was tough to bear.
  14. On mystical experiences.
  15. The joy of living in 2022 and how we can find it.
  16. Meditation, Sciences, Psychology, Physics and Neurology.
  17. Where do you start when Mingyur teaches meditation to someone he hasn’t practised before and wants them to make a giant leap in consciousness for him?
  18. The one mistake of advanced meditations keeps repeating itself over and over again.
  19. Practising compassion daily and how we can introduce it in our daily lives.
  20. Effective meditation for Westerners.
  21. A meditation practice for busy or impatient people.
  22. Rinpoche’s view of Love.
  23. Recommendations for people who have strayed from their path of self-discovery and need to find their way back.
  24. Self-talk to use when potentially inappropriate anger or hate begins to surface.
  25. Learnings about writing the New York Times Bestseller The Joy of Living.
  26. Critical points to note from his book Joyful Wisdom.
  27. Where and how did Mingyur Rinpoche find harmony?
  28. You use teachings or techniques when helping others cope with often tricky and damaging experiences.
  29. Rinpoche shares a story that significantly impacted him when he first heard it.
  30. Something that is challenging you right now.
  31. A skill practice that he has found significantly rewarding in addition to meditation.
  32. Three books have changed Mingyur Rinpoche’s life.
  33. His most significant life lesson yet.
  34. Final message.

Believe in your goodness – Mingyur Rinpoche

Video-interview on Youtube

Here you will find the video with the interview with Mingyur Rinpoche, with subtitles in English and Spanish:

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Podcast show-notes

Links of interest and resources shared in the interview with Mingyur:

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